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What would you choose for a cheap kids desktop?

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#1 DeathTongue


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Posted 05 November 2015 - 02:04 PM

I'm looking to get a desktop for one of my daughters to use to do some online schoolwork, probably just for the rest of this year, so this computer doesn't have to last forever, but it does need to be cheap. I just need a system unit, already have monitor and other stuff. She needs to be able to go to Khan Academy website to do assignments and watch videos, not much else. I'm looking at these computers at new egg, any thoughts?


Refurbished: Lenovo Thinkcentre M58 Ultra Small Form Factor Desktop - Core 2 Duo E7400 2.8Ghz - 4GB RAM - 160GB HDD - DVDRW - Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Installed - $90





Refurbished: Dell Optiplex 760 Small Form Factor - Intel Core2Duo E8400 3.00GHz, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD, DVDRW, Windows 7 Home Premium - $100




I could also get a similar computer from walmart for about $30-40 more, and I could take it back to walmart if I needed to, if I need to worry about that.












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#2 rqt


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Posted 05 November 2015 - 02:43 PM

I have set up a few people with used SFF OptiPlex 760's, they seem reliable enough & there is a good trade in used replacement parts on ebay if required. I have no idea about the reliability or parts availability for Lenovos.

#3 hamluis



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Posted 11 November 2015 - 01:09 PM

I have bought a couple of refurbished OptiPlex desktops (full) and I'm satisfied with them.  My purchases came via Amazon where I believe the refurbs are a bit more trustworthy...as opposed to other sources.



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Posted 11 November 2015 - 01:12 PM

...and add in a few bucks for at least one external HD for backups.  Schoolwork is too important not to have once-weekly backups.  Even online schooling generates some locally-saved work.

"Take care of thy backups and thy restores shall take care of thee."  -- Ben Franklin revisited.


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Clone or Image often! Backup... -- RockE (WSL)

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