2 Candidates for a Blue Iris Computer

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  1. socalsharky

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    I want to install BI on a computer with 4 to 6 cameras, potentially growing to 8 or 10 in the future. I have found two potential options for SFF machines: a Dell Optiplex and a Lenovo Think Center:

    ThinkCentre M910s SFF - Refurbished
    Outlet Price: $428.03
    You save:
    $63.96
    Processor:Intel® Core™ i5-7500 Processor (6M Cache, up to 3.80 GHz)
    Operating System:Windows 10 Professional 64 - English
    Memory:8 GB DDR4 2400MHz UDIMM Memory
    Hard Drive:256GB Solid State Drive M.2
    Warranty:1 Year On-Site Warranty


    Dell OptiPlex 3000 (3050) $497.00

    Processor: Intel Core 7th Generation i5-7500 Processor (Quad Core, up to 3.80 GHz, 6M Cache, 65W)
    Windows 10 Pro
    128GB 2.5-Inch SATA Class 20 Solid State Drive
    8GB DDR4 Non-ECC UDIMM 2400MHz (1x8GB)
    Tray load DVD Drive (Reads and Writes to DVD/CD)
    Intel Integrated Graphics
    Dell Outlet OptiPlex 3050 Small Form Factor
    Certified Refurbished

    Would either one or both of these be adequate? With either one, I would add a large HDD.

    Any thoughts or advice would be appreciated.
     
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    Both of those are way overpriced...
     
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    Is $425-$500 really that overpriced for a machine with an 7th generation processor (compared to the 4th generation i5-4570) and a 3 year warranty? Or does the processor generation not really matter? I have seen lots of posts that recommend an i5-6500 with a 2-3 year warranty for $300, but I can't find anything like that.
    I understand that it is desirable to have both SSD and HDD drives, so I have to add a drive either way. Could I add an SSD to this machine?
     
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    Hi @socalsharky

    The price would be good if they were new - however they are not, so I would definitely follow bp's and fenderman's recommendations and look for a better deal from a 3rd party.

    Other option - if you want to spend that much - is to look at BF deals for new systems. ( of course most of these deals will have windows 10 home instead.. which should be fine )
     
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    yes its that overpriced...that is new 8th gen pricing..8th gen are significantly more powerful than 7th.
     
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    Thanks for the post. So how much should I expect to pay for a 7th gen i5 with 8GB RAM, small SSD, 1TB HDD, and Windows?
     
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    ignore the ssd. you can add a good quality 250gb for 50bux. I would not pay more than 300, considering that I picked up two i5-6500 systems for 185 each. After adding the ssd you are at 235 and the performance is similar to a 7500. You can chat will the dell outlet rep and get more discounts than are listed.
     
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    I believe that the system in question will automatically activate Windows 10 Professional via SLP.
     
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    Using the MS Media Creation tool, you can install windows 10 at no charge, since it was already on that computer once upon a time.
    For BI, you want the OS, BI and the database on an SSD $50 or less 128gb is sufficent, then recordings should go on a WD Purple Hard drive, as big as you can afford.
    Edit $28: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07G3L3DRK/ref=sr_ob_7?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1542640240&sr=1-7
     
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    Thanks for the help guys. I found a 1-year old Lenovo Think Center SFF computer with 7th gen i5, 8GB RAM, Windows 10 Pro, and 1TB HDD for $200 shipped. I am in the process of adding a 256GB SSD that I had laying around.

    The HDD is a WD Blue. Will that be OK for BI, or should I replace it?
     
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    it will be fine.