IT wants to buy a 'new' workstation that we have been renting (without purchase obligation btw) for a few months now.
*Intel Xeon E5645
*Windows 7 Pro
(*Some miscellaneous stuff: consumer IPS LCD display, keyboard, mouse...)
This will cost...€2265 excl. VAT!?! And we already paid a good amount of money for the rent... :-S
I think this is an insane amount of money for the following reasons:
*E5645 is outdated (2010 CPU, a couple generations old...)
*modern quad cores (E3-1240 v3 etc.) have better performance and are much cheaper
*Quadro K2000 is better and much cheaper than Quadro 4000
*I checked HP warranty online and it states that it runs until June 2015. Thus I infer that this system is already +1 year through its original warranty!! They're paying 'new' prices for 'refurbished' hardware? Really??
*That CPU is just a STUPID choice for SolidWorks and Adobe suite apps. These applications are mostly single-threaded...
Modern configurations -like HP Z230 and Dell T1700- are much more compelling, offer better performance and are priced significantly lower.
What do you guys think about this deal?