It comes in at 584 with monitor, from Costco. Costco's returns policy is ace, and they're only a short drive away. Major pluspoint. I will however be running through Dell's customise-this stuff to see what we can get, bearing in mind the possibility of a discount if we can get L's work to do the ordering. I haven't seen anything comparable in the non-customised offerings. Only had a very quick look at DABS earlier, will have a more thorough trawl.
Yeh, Man Uni has had a lot of Dell kit over the years, and apart from a batch of HDs that had a slightly high fail rate, and a batch of MOBOs with dodgy caps, it was good stuff. Getting them to understand they should take our word for a failure instead of going through the checklist was a pain though. We also had some Fujitsus and though there was nothing obviously wrong with them, they just didn't seem as good.