Same here although I usually buy the off lease office type ones such as OptiPlex, Precision & the Latitude but I do like the fact you can easily find the service manuals even for their consumer based product lines.
This. And Origin. And Digital Storm (if you're going REALLY crazy). I may do my next workstation from DS, if they add in the TR Pros.Best, Falcon Northwest. They've been around for 20+ years. They are the best prebuilt systems you can buy. They are pricey though.
This is the brand we used to drool over when looking at PC's in the PC Gamer magazines back in the late 90's early 00's.
Best computer is that I build myself with best parts, less overclocked.
Rather than build computers for people these days I just send them links to Puget Systems and System76 depending on their linux proficiency and affinity for woodgrain desktops. There are so many pins to unbend nowadays I just don't want to do it anymore. I thought I might have a stroke while building in the 42u rack I got for free last week but all the thousands of pins went in without any niggles, this time :/ If it were a longer return trip i would have packed this differently utilizing the cab to hold some bits but 2.6 miles without any stops.A couple of years ago I bought a system from Puget Systems (Threadripper 3960) because they carry a strong reputation in the workstation / video rendering community. They design systems around off the shelf parts, so no specialized OEM motherboards, power supplies, etc.
As others mention this is not bargain hunting, this is quality parts, clean builds, and they provided a binder full of the testing information of your system (they burn them in and run benchmarks on it) as well as the manuals, an actual OEM DVD of Windows, and a restore USB to put it back as it was when it was shipped.
I did it with that TR because I didn't want to deal with the possibility of ordering one of those CPUs and getting bent pins or possibly murphying it myself and then trying to get that replaced through some place I ordered online. They got to deal with all of that. I pay a little extra piece of mind and quality.
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I really like my Framework laptop. Battery is tiny but it's very well put together.
As far as desktops go, I only recommend tiny NUC style machines now. They are prebuilt and you just slap in memory and an NVME and you're done. Install windows and you're on your way.
At work, we've seen some problem with the 7070 USFF class of machines though. So, IMHO, ups and down, you just never know.Maybe I missed what he was using it for but used Dell Optiplex Micro machines have been very good to me. Nearly 300 of them deployed for business and home office use over the last seven years. Have had very few failures. For basic office and internet use they work great. Considering the cost of a legit Windows 10/11 license, the hardware cost is $63 and $174 for the below two machines.
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