I am knocking my brains out for a client of mine. They are looking for 4 new computers for their dental practice. The software they run is from Carestream Dental. Ordinarily I just order Optiplex or Precision Workstation but the problem is the client wants small form factor machines and small form factor Optiplexes and Precisions psu's max out at 250W and Carestream is requiring pretty intense minimum video card specs which all seem to need at least a 400 watt psu. Carestream minimum requirements state an Nvidia GeForce GTX 760 or better and need to meet, according to Carestream, a passmark score in the 4000 range., Problem is most all cards in that class require at least a 400 watt PSU.
Oh and I checked HP with their workstations and they too max out 250 watt psu's with the small form factor cases. Lenovo's small form factor business machines also have the same limitation.
I am looking outside the box so to speak and considering Alienware Alpha machines which are miniatx machines with Nvidia Geforce GTX 960 onboard. They are pretty much geared to be game consoles but can be specd to meet our needs. Just not sure I like the idea of using gaming machines in a business environment as I am not sure about their long term reliability and also because Dell does not offer business level support and warranties with like they do with the Optiplex and Precision line.
Going minitower would solve my problems but my client really would like to stick with small form factor machines or smaller to replace his existing Optiplex 3020 small form factor machines currently in the treatment rooms. The cabinets are set up for the small machines and wouldn't fit minitowers without alterations to their cabinets.
Looking for opinions and suggestions.
Thanks in advance,
Edited by hamluis, 15 December 2016 - 07:06 PM.
Moved from System Building to Internal Hardware - Hamluis.