Recently I’ve had to make some computer/server/IT recommendations as a company improved their infrastructure to better accommodate a new machine learning platform for their artificial intelligence projects. I figured, since I did the research, I’d share what I found. So, here’s a few “bang for your buck” recommendations:
Dell Optiplex 990 Desktop Computer, i7 upto 3.8GHz CPU, 16GB DDR3 Memory, New 512GB SSD, WiFi, Windows 10 Pro (Renewed)
I often look at “Renewed” products to save money. LINK: https://amzn.to/2vPsZgs
That’s what the back of the computer looks like.
Processor 3.4 GHz Intel Core i7 RAM 16 GB Hard Drive 512 GB SSD Graphics Coprocessor Intel HD Graphics 2000
Brand Name Dell Series Optiplex Item model number 990 Optiplex Hardware Platform PC Operating System Windows 10 Professional Item Weight 14 pounds Product Dimensions 12 x 4.2 x 13 inches Item Dimensions L x W x H 12 x 4.2 x 13 inches Color Black/ Gray, black Processor Brand Intel Processor Count 4 Computer Memory Type DDR3 SDRAM Flash Memory Size 512 GB Hard Drive Interface Solid State
Dell Optiplex 9010 SFF Desktop PC – Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz 16GB 2TB DVD Windows 10 Pro, WIFI, HDMI (Renewed)
Those words are too small to read.
Refurbished saves money, at least in the short-term. LINK: https://amzn.to/2BmYGAp
Processor 3.2 GHz Core i5 3470 RAM 16 GB Hard Drive 2 TB Graphics Coprocessor Intel HD Graphics
Brand Name Dell Series Optiplex Item model number NA Hardware Platform PC Operating System Windows 10 Item Weight 15 pounds Product Dimensions 12.3 x 3.7 x 11.4 inches Item Dimensions L x W x H 12.35 x 3.72 x 11.42 inches Processor Brand Intel Processor Count 4 Computer Memory Type DDR3 SDRAM Hard Drive Interface Serial ATA Optical Drive Type DVD
Dell Inspiron 3470 Desktop, 2 Year Onsite Warranty, Windows 10 Pro, 9th Gen Intel Core i5-9400 6-Core 4.1GHz Proc w/Intel Turbo Boost Technology, 12GB DDR4 2666MHz RAM, 1TB HDD+128Gb SATA SSD, DVD RW
I also recommend new things too. LINK: https://amzn.to/2OV5lKd
Screen Size 0.01 Processor 4.1 GHz Intel Core i5 RAM 12 GB DDR4 Hard Drive 1 TB 1TB 7200RPM 3.5″ SATA HDD + 128GB M.2 SATA Solid State Drive Graphics Coprocessor Intel UHD Graphics 630 Card Description Integrated Number of USB 2.0 Ports 4 Number of USB 3.0 Ports 2
Brand Name Dell Series Dell Inspiron 3470 Item model number i3470-5244BLK-PUS Hardware Platform PC Operating System Windows 10 Professional Item Weight 13.75 pounds Package Dimensions 19.7 x 15.3 x 9.3 inches Processor Brand Intel Processor Count 6 Computer Memory Type DDR4 SDRAM Flash Memory Size 12.00 Hard Drive Interface Serial ATA Hard Drive Rotational Speed 7200 RPM Optical Drive Type DVD+RW
HP EliteDesk 800 G1 Tower, Intel Core i7-4770 3.4Ghz, 2TB HDD, 16GB DDR3 Ram, DVD-ROM, Windows 10 Pro 64-bit (Renewed)
I also suggest non-Dell PCs. LINK: https://amzn.to/2OYOt5d
You can save money on used machines.
Processor 3.4 GHz Core i7 4770 RAM 16 GB Hard Drive 3 TB mechanical_hard_drive Graphics Coprocessor Intel HD Graphics 4600
Brand Name HP Item model number PC-HP-ELITEDESK_800_G1-MT-i7-3.4-16-2000 Hardware Platform PC Operating System Windows 10 Professional Item Weight 20.5 pounds Product Dimensions 17.4 x 6.7 x 15.7 inches Item Dimensions L x W x H 17.4 x 6.7 x 15.7 inches Processor Brand Intel Processor Count 4 Computer Memory Type DDR3 SDRAM Hard Drive Interface Serial ATA-600
HP i7 Gaming Computer, Quad-Core i7 Up to 3.8GHz, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD + 1TB HD, 4K Nvidia GeForce GT 730 Graphics Card 4GB(HDMI, DVI, VGA), WiFi & BT, DVD-RW, USB 3.0, Win 10 Pro(Renewed)
This one doe have a model number. LINK: https://amzn.to/35NUS9a
Not as sleek.
Screen Resolution 1920×1080 Max Screen Resolution 3840×2160 Processor 3.4 GHz Intel Core i7 RAM 16 GB SDRAM DDR3 Hard Drive 1 TB SSD Graphics Coprocessor Nvidia GeForce GT 730 4GB Chipset Brand NVIDIA Card Description dedicated Wireless Type 802.11n
Brand Name HP Series Z210 Item model number Z-series Hardware Platform PC Operating System Windows 10 Professional Product Dimensions 17.9 x 7 x 17.6 inches Item Dimensions L x W x H 17.9 x 7 x 17.6 inches Color Black Processor Brand Intel Processor Count 1 Computer Memory Type DDR3 SDRAM Hard Drive Interface Solid State Optical Drive Type DVD-RW Laptop
ASUS ZenBook 13 Slim Durable Laptop 13.3 in FHD Wideview, Intel Core i7-8565U Up to 4.6GHz, 16GB RAM, 512GB PCIe SSD + TPM Security Chip, Numberpad, Windows 10 Pro, UX333FA-AB77, Royal Blue (Renewed)
This one is my favorite in this bunch, it not only looks great, but has tons of bonus features. LINK: https://amzn.to/33NfOLD
This one is my favorite.
Screen Size 13.3 inches Max Screen Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels Processor 4.6 GHz Intel Core i7 RAM 16 GB DDR3 Hard Drive 512 GB Flash Memory Solid State Graphics Coprocessor Intel HD Graphics 620 Chipset Brand Intel Card Description Integrated Graphics Card Ram Size 16 GB Wireless Type 802.11b/n/ac, Bluetooth Number of USB 2.0 Ports 1
Brand Name ASUS Series Asus ZenBook 13 Hardware Platform PC Operating System Windows 10 Pro Item Weight 2.6 pounds Product Dimensions 11.9 x 7.4 x 0.7 inches Item Dimensions L x W x H 11.9 x 7.4 x 0.7 inches Processor Brand Intel Processor Count 4 Computer Memory Type DDR3 SDRAM Flash Memory Size 512.00 Hard Drive Interface Solid State Hard Drive Rotational Speed 10000 RPM Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
HP Elitebook 840 G3 Laptop Intel i7-6600U 2.6GHz, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, Windows 10 Pro (Renewed)
The least expensive of the options. It is my #2 pick on this list. The DDR4 ram gives it a slight edge over DDR3 (the current “usual” ram type). LINK: https://amzn.to/35Tl8yj
Elite Desk, Elite Book… I see a trend…
Screen Size 14.1 inches Max Screen Resolution 1920 x 1080 Processor 2.60 RAM 16 GB Memory Speed 2133 MHz Hard Drive flash_memory_solid_state Graphics Coprocessor Intel HD Graphics 520 Chipset Brand intel Card Description Integrated Wireless Type 802.11ac
Brand Name HP Series HP EliteBook Item model number NA Operating System Windows Professional 10 Item Weight 88.2 pounds Processor Brand Intel Processor Count 1 Flash Memory Size 512 GB Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
Fast Latitude E7470 HD Ultrabook Business Laptop Notebook (Intel Core i7 6650U, 8GB Ram, 512GB SSD, HDMI, Camera, WiFi, Bluetooth) Win 10 Pro (Renewed)
I deal less with laptops, and generally recommend Chromebooks when able. LINK: https://amzn.to/2Yc8lmO
Yep, it’s a laptop…
Screen Size 14 inches Processor Intel Core i7 RAM 8 GB Hard Drive 512 GB Card Description integrated Wireless Type 802.11abg, 802.11n, 802.11bgn
Brand Name Latitude Series Dell Latitude Item model number UltraBook Latitude E7470 Item Weight 4.3 pounds Product Dimensions 13.2 x 9.3 x 0.7 inches Item Dimensions L x W x H 13.2 x 9.3 x 0.7 inches Processor Brand Intel Processor Count 4 Computer Memory Type SODIMM Flash Memory Size 512 GB
Microsoft Surface Laptop (Intel Core i7, 16GB RAM, 512GB) – Platinum (Renewed)
This one is the thinnest and lightest, but only has one USB port. LINK: https://amzn.to/2rPOzm0
This one is not my favorite…
Screen Size 13.5 inches Max Screen Resolution 2256×1504 pixels Processor 4 GHz Intel Core i7 RAM 16 GB Hard Drive 512 GB Flash Memory Solid State Graphics Coprocessor Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640 Card Description Integrated Wireless Type 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n
Brand Name Microsoft Series Surface Laptop Item model number DAL-00001-cr Operating System Windows 10 S Item Weight 2.83 pounds Product Dimensions 0.6 x 12.1 x 8.8 inches Item Dimensions L x W x H 0.57 x 12.13 x 8.79 inches Color Platinum Processor Brand Intel Processor Count 2 Flash Memory Size 512 Hard Drive Interface Solid State
Dell XPS 9370 13.3in 4K UHD Touchscreen Laptop PC – Intel Core i7-8550U 4.0GHz, 16GB, 512GB SSD, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Webcam, Windows 10 Home – Silver (Renewed)
This one has the best graphics, but has the weakest processor. It is also the most expensive on this list. LINK: https://amzn.to/2Y8nneB
I usually don’t go this pricey.
Screen Size 13.3 inches Max Screen Resolution 3840 x 2160 Processor 1.8 GHz Core i7 8550U RAM 16 GB DDR3 Memory Speed 2133 MHz Hard Drive 512 GB flash_memory_solid_state Chipset Brand intel Card Description integrated Wireless Type 802.11ac, Bluetooth Number of USB 2.0 Ports 1
Brand Name Dell Series XPS Item model number INS235928SA Hardware Platform PC Operating System Windows 10 Item Weight 4.25 pounds Product Dimensions 7.8 x 11.9 x 0.3 inches Item Dimensions L x W x H 7.8 x 11.9 x 0.3 inches Rear Webcam Resolution 720 pixels Processor Brand Intel Processor Count 4 Computer Memory Type DDR3 SDRAM Flash Memory Size 512 GB Hard Drive Interface ATA Power Source AC & Battery Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. Servers
High-End HP ProLiant ML350p G8 Gen 8 8 Bay SFF 5U Tower Server, 2X E5-2670 2.6GHz 8 Core, 96GB DDR3 RAM, P420i, 4X Trays Included (Renewed)
Room to expand too!
This is a low-cost BEAST. LINK: https://amzn.to/36Wzyis
System: HP ProLiant ML350p Gen 8 8 Bay SFF Tower Server Processor: 2x Intel Xeon E5-2670 2.6GHz 8 Core 20MB Cache Processors Memory: 96GB DDR3 ECC Registered Memory (6 x 16GB) Controller: HP Smart Array P420i 512MB Cache RAID Controller Hard Drive Bays: Supports 8x 2.5″ SAS/SATA Drives (4x Trays with screws included) Management: HP iLO 4 Network: HP 1Gb Ethernet 4-port 331i Adapter Power Supply: 2x 460W Redundant Power Supplies Bezel: Front Bezel Included The HP ProLiant ML350p Gen8 Server series is one of the best-selling ProLiant ML servers delivering best-inclass performance, availability and maximum expandability for enterprise data centers, remote branch offices and growing businesses. Incorporating key HP technologies from the HP ProActive Insight architecture, the ML350p Gen8 provides innovations in memory, server management, firmware management and server storage. It combines these innovations with the latest Intel Xeon processors for a system with unsurpassed flexibility and performance. Dell PowerEdge T430 Tower Server 2X E5-2650v3 20 Cores 64GB RAM 12TB Storage (Renewed)
The edge of power…
PowerEdge is usually a decent choice. LINK: https://amzn.to/2Qg5Cb9
Chassis: T430 8-Bay 3.5″ Server Processors: 2x Intel Xeon E5-2603 V3 – 1.60GHz 6 Core Memory Configuration: 64GB – 4x16GB PC4-1700R DDR4 Registered RAID Card: Dell H330 PCIE Raid Card Power Supplies: 2x 750W R730 PSU Remote Access: iDRAC 8 Express Hard Drives: 4x Enterprise 3TB 7.2k 3.5″ SAS Hard Drive Rails: Not Included (can be Added) Bezel: Not Included (can be added) Warranty: 1-Year Warranty Storage
Seagate FireCuda 2TB Solid State Hybrid Drive Performance SSHD – 3.5 Inch SATA 6Gb/s Flash Accelerated for Gaming PC Desktop Frustration Free Packaging (ST2000DX002)
“Gaming” works for “business” too.
I have mixed feelings about hybrid drives. LINK: https://amzn.to/2P9bBwk
Hard Drive 2 TB Hybrid Drive
Brand Name Seagate Series ST2000DX002 Item model number ST2000DXZ02/DX002 Hardware Platform laptop, PC Operating System NA Item Weight 1.18 pounds Product Dimensions 5.8 x 4 x 1 inches Item Dimensions L x W x H 5.79 x 4 x 1.03 inches Flash Memory Size 2 TB Hard Drive Interface Serial ATA Hard Drive Rotational Speed 7200 RPM
Seagate FireCuda Gaming (Compute) 2TB Solid State Hybrid Drive Performance SSHD – 2.5 Inch SATA 6GB/s Flash Accelerated for Gaming PC Laptop – Frustration Free Packaging (ST2000LX001)
Fast as fire! What?
You’ll need screws. LINK: https://amzn.to/34U0yx7
Store games and play them faster with an internal SSHD drive delivering SSD performance and HDD capacities Perfect for PC gaming and laptop gaming, this hybrid hard drive helps load maps and boot levels faster with flash enhanced speeds Choose from a variety of capacities for an optimized rig Low power consumption means a more cost effective setup Get long-term peace of mind with the included five-year limited warranty.Average Latency:5.6 ms Packaging for the product might vary slightly Toshiba X300 5TB Performance Desktop and Gaming Hard Drive 7200 RPM 128MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5 Inch Internal Hard Drive (HDWE150XZSTA)
Not as good as solid state, but still good. LINK: https://amzn.to/35XzUnE
It spins fast.
Designed for gaming PC and high end desktop workstations High Performance with 7200 RPM and large cache size Massive capacity to accommodate large gaming libraries Toshiba’s cache technology to deliver high level performance in real time Ramp loading and drive stabilization technologies for reliability Includes Toshiba 2 year limited warranty Tunnel Magneto Resistive (TMR) recording head technology delivers improved stability Built in cache algorithm and buffer management enhance real time read/write performance Seagate IronWolf 4TB NAS Internal Hard Drive HDD – 3.5 Inch SATA 6Gb/s 5900 RPM 64MB Cache for RAID Network Attached Storage – Frustration Free Packaging (ST4000VN008)
SATA III, am I right?
A NAS optimized hard drive. LINK: https://amzn.to/2reU6mm
IronWolf internal hard drives are the ideal solution for up to 8-bay, multi-user NAS environments craving powerhouse performance Store more and work faster with a NAS-optimized hard drive providing 4TB and cache of up to 64MB Purpose built for NAS enclosures, IronWolf delivers less wear and tear, little to no noise/vibration, no lags or down time, increased file-sharing performance, and much more Easily monitor the health of drives using the integrated IronWolf Health Management system and enjoy long-term reliability with 1M hours MTBF Three-year limited warranty protection plan included NAS Devices
BUFFALO Linkstation 220 8TB Private Cloud Storage NAS with Hard Drives Included
This one is “ready to go”. LINK: https://amzn.to/33Gl83v
It looks cooler with the front cover on.
Hard Drive 8 TB Desktop Number of USB 2.0 Ports 1
Brand Name BUFFALO Series LinkStation LS220 Item model number LS220D0802 Hardware Platform PC;Mac;Android;Apple iOS Operating System Windows, Mac, Linux, absolutely no software or drivers Item Weight 8.6 ounces Product Dimensions 5 x 10 x 8.8 inches Item Dimensions L x W x H 5.04 x 10 x 8.82 inches Color Black Power Source AC
Zyxel Personal Cloud Storage Server [4-Bay] with Remote Access and Media Streaming [NAS540]
This one is cheaper, but has good reviews. LINK: https://amzn.to/32t2sUO
This is a good “bang for your buck” purchase.
Brand Name ZyXEL Series NAS540 Item model number NAS540 Hardware Platform Mac Item Weight 4.41 pounds Product Dimensions 12.4 x 10.6 x 11.3 inches Item Dimensions L x W x H 12.44 x 10.59 x 11.26 inches NETGEAR ReadyNAS RN424 4 Bay Diskless High Performance NAS, 40TB Capacity Network Attached Storage, Intel 1.5GHz Dual Core Processor, 2GB RAM, (RN42400)
The NetGear ReadyNAS systems are very good. LINK: https://amzn.to/32qFAFm
I like these.
RAM 2 GB Hard Drive 40 TB Number of USB 3.0 Ports 2
Brand Name NETGEAR Series Diskless Item model number RN42400-100NES Operating System ReadyNAS OS 6 Item Weight 8.7 pounds Product Dimensions 9.4 x 7.3 x 7.6 inches Item Dimensions L x W x H 9.4 x 7.3 x 7.6 inches Processor Count 2 Accessories
Monoprice 5-Pack SlimRun Cat6A Ethernet Network Patch Cable 10G 2ft Gray
The color-coding can actually be really useful, plus CAT6A is better than 5E. LINK: https://amzn.to/34oQWLa
Not as many colors as the pen set has, but not bad (keep scrolling for that to make more sense).
Buy with Confidence: With Monoprice’s Lifetime Warranty on all Cables, you can rest assured we stand behind our products and our customers. Thinner and Lighter:SlimRun Cat6A is much lighter than standard 23AWG Cat6A cables and is easier to route and install. The smaller cable saves space and improves airflow in high density environments, like server rooms. Snagless and Narrow Boot Design:The narrow boot and snagless design make this cable the perfect choice for high-density environments, like data centers or a telecommunications room. High Performance:This cable is perfect for 10-Gigabit Ethernet and is backwards compatible with any existing Fast Ethernet and Gigabit Ethernet. Reduces Congestion in High Density Spaces: Designed for high-density environments where space is a premium, SlimRun’s ultra-slim cable and narrow boot design reduces congestion and simplifies moves, additions, and changes. This means that, along with saving space, you also save time and money!
AmazonBasics High Speed USB 3.0 Cable – A-Male to B-Male – 9 Feet (2.7 Meters)
It’s like a regular USB cord, but B-er. Get it? Because it has an A end and a B end, and the B end is bigger than it is for USB2; and b-er=better; it works on multiple levels… Come on, that was a decent play on words.
It’s always good to have an extra USB3 cable around. LINK: https://amzn.to/34yofeZ
9-foot-long high-speed multi-shielded USB 3.0 A-Male to B-Male cable Backwards compatible with high speed USB 2.0 devices as well as USB 1.1 Constructed with corrosion-resistant, gold-plated connectors for optimal signal PC and Mac compatible Ships in Certified Frustration-Free Packaging
External Hard Drive Cord, CableCreation USB 3.0 to Micro USB Y Cable with USB 2.0 Charge Cord, Compatible Samsung Note 3, External Hard Drive, HD Camera, 3.3FT, Space Gray Aluminium
There are some external drives that require the micro end and perform best with two USB A plugs for extra power. LINK: https://amzn.to/2KhDosT
It looks more like a W here, but in real-life it looks like a Y.
HIGH PERFORMANCE* USB 3.0 to Micro USB cable supports max 5Gbps super speed, backups and transfers big files such as pictures and movies within seconds. Backward compatible with your existing USB 2.0 devices. Especially designed for power guzzling devices based on Micro USB 3.0 port such as external HDD and SSD. Perfectly solves the issue of insufficient power supply for old electronic gears with only USB 2.0 ports (data transfer rate is max. 480mbps when connected to usb 2.0 ports). *WIDE COMPATIBILITY* Versatile use for External Hard Drive( such as Toshiba Canvio, Seagate,Western Digital, Newman, Samsung, Sony, Lenovo ), USB hubs,HD camera, Samsung Note 3/S5/Note Pro 12.2/N9000, etc. *ULTRA DURABILITY* Fashionable braided jacket and aluminum alloy case with shaped SR protect the cable from unlimited bending. Corrosion-resistant gold-plated connectors provide extra plugging and unplugging, *QUALITY CONSTRUCTION* 24K gold-plated connectors and bare copper conductors provide superior cable performance and error-free data transmission. AL.foil & braid double shielding manages to minimize interference. *CABLECREATION WARRANTY* Worry-free 2-years warranty and lifetime technical support, friendly and easy to reach customer service. Other
500pcs Laptop Notebook Computer Screw Kit Set for IBM HP Dell Lenovo Samsung Sony Toshiba Gateway Acer
Look at all the sizes, make sure it has what you need before you buy.
Eventually you will have to screw something in, be prepared. LINK: https://amzn.to/2ryhT0b
Laptop Screws Kit 500Pcs Material:Alloy steel, oxidative blackening Perfect for repair laptop. Popular size:M2;M2.5;M3. m.2 ssd screws M2x3 M2x4 M2x5 M2x6 / M2.5×3.5 M2.5×4 M2.5×5 M2.5×6 M2.5×8 /M3x3 Compatible with All universal laptop. Such as IBM HP Mac Dell Lenovo SAMSUNG Sony Toshiba Gateway LG and so on
Sabrent USB 3.0 to SATA I/II/III Dual Bay External Hard Drive Docking Station for 2.5 or 3.5in HDD, SSD with Hard Drive Duplicator/Cloner Function [10TB Support] (EC-HD2B)
The drives don’t really glow blue…
Already have a hard drive enclosure? Is it compatible with SATA3? Time to upgrade! LINK: https://amzn.to/2qEgKV7
Supports Standard Desktop 2.5″/3.5″ SATA Hard Drives or SSD Supports hard drives up to 10TB. Plug and play, no drivers needed. Supports Offline Cloning up to 60Mbps. Supports Transfer Speeds up to 5Gbps (USB 3.0),480Mbps (USB 2.0), 12Mbps (USB 1.1)
Paper Mate InkJoy Gel Pens, Medium Point, Assorted Colors, 20 Count – 1951718
For marking up documents when looking for key similarities and differences. LINK: https://amzn.to/2mkPDMm
Look at all the colors!
Dries 3 times faster for reduced smearing Smooth, colorful ink keeps the ideas flowing across the page and brightens your writing Ergonomic comfort grip wraps the entire gel pen 0.7 millimeter medium point spreads ink beautifully Includes: 2 Pink Pop, 2 Red Rush, 2 Orange Rise, 1 Yellow Twirl, 2 Lime Light, 1 Luscious Green, 1 Teal Zeal, 2 Bright Blue Bliss, 1 Slate Blue Spin, 2 Pure Blue Joy, 1 Charming Purple, 1 Wild Berry, 1 Cocoa Delight and 1 Jet Black gel pen
Okay, hopefully that helps somebody!