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Opinions on a refurbed desktop for an elderly grandmother


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#1 monicafaye

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Posted 07 June 2012 - 02:14 PM

Would a refurbished Dell with Intel Pentium 4, 3.4 GHz, 2 gb RAM, 80 GB HD, cd-rw/dvd drive, and Windows 7 Home Premium be an inexpensive good choice for an 80 year old grandmother that mainly surfs the web? Thanks for any opinions.

Would this be much faster? eMachines EL1852G-52W Desktop PC Pentium E5800(3.20GHz) 3GB 1TB HDD Capacity Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit for $230.00?

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Posted 07 June 2012 - 04:43 PM

If it runs good, comes with the Windows 7 Disk and product key, Originals not copies of course, then for surfing the Internet why not. She probably has more patience than you or I too. Make sure to have an antivirus too.

Just make a complete backup in case of problems. If you are buying from an individual I would also just to be sure have it checked in our virus section to be sure it is clean in case your grandmother wants to do anything financial on it.

And what model?
One other question define inexpensive. $150 US?

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Posted 07 June 2012 - 07:11 PM

If it runs good, comes with the Windows 7 Disk and product key, Originals not copies of course, then for surfing the Internet why not. She probably has more patience than you or I too. Make sure to have an antivirus too.

Just make a complete backup in case of problems. If you are buying from an individual I would also just to be sure have it checked in our virus section to be sure it is clean in case your grandmother wants to do anything financial on it.

And what model?
One other question define inexpensive. $150 US?

Cheers
Roger



Dell Optiplex. $140.00

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Posted 08 June 2012 - 09:22 AM

Optiplex is a business model. Some of the really small form factors are at the age where they have to have bad capacitors replaced. For example the sx280, newer model are probably fine.
SX models are really small, the GX models are somewhat bigger to full size.

Thus what model of Optiplex?

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Posted 09 June 2012 - 12:56 PM

Optiplex 620

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Posted 09 June 2012 - 02:00 PM

OK, those are a decent model. I would want the Dell Disks that shipped with it.
I'm pretty sure it also shipped with Windows XP, I would want the Windows 7 DVD and License (Certificate of Authenticity) at a minimum.

One other thing is it going to be needing a dial up modem?

Just remember one thing if you buy something for someone be ready to be the tech support.
Good Luck
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Posted 09 June 2012 - 02:44 PM

Thanks so much!




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