My parents' computer is falling apart and needs to be replaced. Looking at the Staples online listings sorted by prices I saw several refurbished systems for $200 and less, and the specs on them seemed like they'd be good enough. They don't need power, they need reliability.
My budget for the new computer is:
What are the primary uses for this computer (IE: mail, web browsing, programming, games, etc)?
web browsing, facebook, online poker, email
What software do you intend on using on the computer?
IE, Chrome, PokerStars.net, Outlook
Do you play games? If so, what type of games?
Do you tend to have a lot of programs running at the same time, or do you close every program when you are done using it?
it's very rare to have two windows open, three or more is practically unheard of
Do you store a lot of pictures or music on the computer?
a small library of about 20 imported CDs
Will you be overclocking?
Location for online shopping/shipment/prices?
Summerside, PEI, Canada
How many monitors are you planning to use?
Do you need peripherals? OS?
they already have all the peripherals they need, and I'm assuming that it will come with Windows 8 (although that may not apply to refurbished models).
Any particular reason why you are upgrading?
the current computer is just plain old. they're still running WindowsXP because it can't go any higher, and even after a clean sweep it's slow as heck.
one other concern is that I found the transition to Windows 8 difficult, I'm sure my parents are gonna hate it at first, is there any built-in tutorial that gets included with the OS?