I would go with Dell. They might not be the best, but they are cheap and have NBD service, look at the post above me!!
E6300, 2GB 667Mhz DDR2, 17inch dell monitor, 256MB ATI Radeon HD 2400 Pro, 250 GB Sata, Vista all for 1600. I know that is way over priced so I either am going to build them or buy somewhere else.
It is over priced, Dell has some amazing deals but you have to look for them
Check this one out!
Intel® Core™2 Duo Proc E8300 (2.83GHZ, 6MB L2 Cache, 1333FSB)
Genuine Windows® XP Professional
3 Year Basic Limited Warranty and 3 Year NBD On-Site Service
Dell 17 inch Widescreen E178WFP Analog Flat Panel Monitor
2GB Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz - 2DIMMs
Single Drive: 16X DVD-ROM Drive
80GB Serial ATA Hard Drive (7200RPM) w/DataBurst Cache™
Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator 3100
No Floppy Drive
No Modem Option
Dell USB Keyboard
No speakers (Speakers are required to hear audio from your system)
Dell Scroll Mouse
Free Microsoft Office Live Small Business
Adobe Acrobat Reader
Integrated 10/100 Ethernet
Few important points to mention here, each computer comes with
1. License of XP Pro
2. 45nm processor @ 2.83GHz dual core (65watts)
3. 3 YEARS of NBD service.
4. 2 GB of memory, expandable up to 4GB total
You can knock some money down by going with 1GB of memory and a smaller processor, but this is a beast and its CHEAP!
Other things you'll have to buy for each computer:
Microsoft Office (Open Office is free)
Other things to think about:
File Server / Domain
You can build the PCs if you want, but I would advise against it. If they have any problems YOU have to fix it. If you decide to build them make sure you draft some paperwork up before hand like...
Computer BuildTime 3hours each, total of 18hours
Operating System Install total of 4hours
Software and Patches total of 8hours
24 hours at $35/hour is $840, now if there is a hardware problem that causes the PC to explode or break you will be expected to fix it for free (now you have to deal with troubleshooting, RMAs, et cetera):sigh: so there must be a clause that says
"Free hardware support for 30 days, but after 30 days there is a $50/hour charge for labor of troubleshooting the problem and the customer is expected to carry the burden of purchasing replacement parts".
Computer BuildTime: The time it takes to build one computer
Operating System Install: The time it takes to install the operating system and necessary drivers for each computer to function (this assumes you are doing three computers at a time).
Software and Patches: The time it takes to update and patch each computer (assuming three at once)
Some more questions: are you familiar with imaging software, this can reduce the time it takes to load an OS with patches.
So anyways, when all is said and done, the company will be spending more money on their computer support than they would have if they went with Dell in the beginning.
I'm so sorry this post has gotten so long
but is it your Mom's office, or is it the office your mom works at?
Best of luck in whatever you choose!