ok, the reasons are plentiful why a refurb dell is a good buy for a home user to do simple media/communication related stuff. the best one is the recovery partition, if the PC Operating system (Windows 7) gets corrupted, a recovery is the way to go for most folks...
Over time, a PC system does get corrupted and the innocent user is left with the threatening decision to make, "keep this PC or get a new one?..and the point is that with a decent cpu, keeping an old one is the option most appealing. even though the core 2 duo CPU s like 10 yers old, it is still plenty powerful to run w7 and keep up with most home users doing simple tasks.
Now. regarding your browser (Internet explorer. firefox etc) it has long been common knowledge to those in the Malware know that the browser is where some of the malicious code gets in by dragnet.. Internet Explorer is the biggest market share, therefore the biggest target..so most users that care about keeping their PC like a fortress will explore (pun intended) alternative browsers that are just as good if not better than internet explorer. there is a new generation of browser called Pale Moon that is good on Windows 7 and is much like Firefox. ..then there are add-ons like no-script and ad-blocker plus that are good to have, but take a while to get configured so that they help more than damage the flow of the net browsing.
regarding antivirus. there are many, and many opinions, about which is best., we have a Malware section here at BC that is fully aware of the needs of the casual home user if you wish to start a topic there. also you can browse the download section here and become oriented to which programs would best suit your needs. you only need to have one antivirus in action at once, and the built-in w7 firewall is plenty sufficient.
in terms of compatibility with the stuiff you need to hook your PC up to like monitors and such, i can be fairly certain a dell will have the provisions.the hdmi is the only catch i became aware of, you might need the video card for that. but i did see the display port on the back IO panel, so kind of difficult to determine that one. but anyway, the video card is kind of like a co-processor, it takes the duties of the display and frees a substantial portion of the CPU and chipset to be more efficient so that it doesn't have to process the display, kind of the best way to put it
Edited by synergy513, 02 January 2017 - 05:11 PM.