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Advice on buying a refurb PC


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#1 mac1012

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Posted 08 August 2017 - 01:19 PM

Hi there I would like some adice on buying a cheap refurb computer;

 

I need a desktop for my studies , I have been looking at a few models and have become a bit overloaded in making a choice.

 

the one I have been looking at mainly are :

 

 http://microdream.co.uk/lenovo-thinkcentre-m58p-core-2-duo-2-53-2-93ghz-4gb-ddr3-160gb-dvd-windows-7-home-premium.html#.WYn4F42otYc

 

and

 

  https://www.amazon.co.uk/Windows-Dell-Optiplex-Certified-Refurbished/dp/B01CEJEB5O/ref=sr_1_2?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1502200873&sr=1-2&keywords=refurbished+pc

 

 

and

 

https://www.refreshedbyus.com/back-to-school-pc-deal

 

I am a bit confused as to what type would be suitable or best choice just for surfing web and word processing , youtube etc

 

Any help and advice as to which is the best processor would be great , thanks mark. btw way I am 53 and a bit of a technophobe :-)

 



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Posted 08 August 2017 - 02:05 PM

Personally I'd go with the HP deal as it also includes a monitor and they are tossing in a bunch of other stuff, wireless adapter, 16GB USB, and a web cam.



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Posted 08 August 2017 - 02:36 PM

Ditto...any computer can do all the mundane tasks, but you can use RAM amount as a basic comparison tool, all else being the same.  A system with 8GB RAM is what I consider a decent buy these days...more is better.

 

I have refurb Optiplex 755 with Win 7, 4GB RAM and a Core 2 Duo CPU (I purchased from Amazon a couple of years ago) and I suspect that it would perform better with more than the 4GB it came with.  It's just a backup so I cannot complain at all.

 

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Posted 08 August 2017 - 09:22 PM

I would also get the HP, unless you have a monitor then get the Dell.

Really cant go worng with any of these computers, sure the core 2 duo is a old CPU but it is still quite a powerhouse even in the modern era.


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Posted 09 August 2017 - 01:43 AM

Thanks for your replies guys I haven't got a monitor , I was leaning towards the Lenovo but I guess like you said theres not a lot to choose between them.

 

I did see this one that has the I 3 processor and can go up to 8 gig of ram for 20 pounds more , they don't have an optical drive but they said they can fit on some models I can get the monitors and peripherals cheap enough the main thing I am focusing on is getting the best tower I can for my money. So would this be worth the extra money as opposed to a core 2 duo cpu ? . If they cant fit an optical drive  I have seen external rwdvd for 20 pounds do they work ok ? I would only choose this one if I am getting something that would be a noticeable difference in day to day usage rather than getting the core 2 duo type models.

 

here's the link to the  intel core i3 2100 below

 

https://www.encore-pc.co.uk/dell-optiplex-390-250gb-4gb-916

 

These look like good deals below for dell core 2 duo they said on phone has dvd and would be xtra ten pounds for rwdvd.

I don't think I would get any cheaper for core 2 duo only down side is its only 4 gig ram and miniumum 2ghz processing speed would be around 90 pounds all in with dvd rewriter if theres not much difference than the intelcore i3 2100 I may as well get this deal for the money. 

 

https://www.expertec.co.uk/desktoppcs/dell-optiplex-dt-core-2-duo-2gb-160gb-17-tft-windows-7-pro-1044.html

 

Thanks for any advice mark



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Posted 09 August 2017 - 02:29 AM

Actually the more I look at it the more the HP deal makes sense that some of you had recommended they seem a better company and it has a DVDRW  installed , I notice on some of their pcs you can upgrade the ram so might ask them if they can do it on this one.

 

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