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Refurbished PCs

VFN

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404
#1
What do you guys know about refurbished PCs. Are they a good value, a good buy?

Thanks.
 

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Inspiron 546
    CPU
    Sempron LE-1300
    Memory
    2GB DDR SDRAM 800MHZ-2X1GB DIM M
    Graphics Card(s)
    Integrated ATI Radeon HD3200
    Sound Card
    VIA High Definition Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell m991 17"
    Screen Resolution
    1024 x 768
    Hard Drives
    320GB NCQ Serial ATA (7200 RPM) w/ 16MB DataBurst Cache

townsbg

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#2
My mom got one and is happy with it. You have to watch what you get and consider price with age and signs of use such as blemishes.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • Operating System
    Windows 7 Pro x64
    Manufacturer/Model
    Mid 2010 iMac
    CPU
    Quad core 3.2 Ghz I3
    Memory
    8 gb
    Graphics Card(s)
    ATI Radeon HD 5670 512 mb ram
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080 and 1440x900
    Hard Drives
    1 TB
  • Operating System
    Windows 2008 R2 Enterprise
    Manufacturer/Model
    Compaq Presario SR5350F
    CPU
    Pentium 2.0 gHZ Dual core E2160
    Memory
    2 gb
    Screen Resolution
    1440 x 900
    Hard Drives
    300 GB

richc46

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Fairfield County, CT

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20,105
#3
With a lappy, be very very careful and check out the hinge that attaches the cover to the keyboard. Make sure that there is no cracking sounds, stiffness or other problems when opened.
 

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Dell XPS420
    Memory
    6 gig
    Graphics Card(s)
    ATI Radeon HD3650 256 MB
    Sound Card
    Intergrated 7.1 Channel Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell SP2009W 20 inch Flat Panel w Webcam
    Hard Drives
    640 gb
    Cooling
    Fan
    Mouse
    Dell USB 4 button optical
    Keyboard
    Dell USB
    Other Info
    DSL provided by ATT

VFN

Member
Posts
404
#4
Thanks. I did some reading, heard from others and the consensus seems to be that they're a good deal if the refurbisher is the original producer or an otherwise reliable entity and has a decent warranty.
 

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Inspiron 546
    CPU
    Sempron LE-1300
    Memory
    2GB DDR SDRAM 800MHZ-2X1GB DIM M
    Graphics Card(s)
    Integrated ATI Radeon HD3200
    Sound Card
    VIA High Definition Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell m991 17"
    Screen Resolution
    1024 x 768
    Hard Drives
    320GB NCQ Serial ATA (7200 RPM) w/ 16MB DataBurst Cache
#5
My HP xw8200 is now the fifth refurbished workstation from a small PC shop. I have been very lucky going this route. I used to assemble my own, but the last one was a clone case housing an AM K6-2 550 MHz with 392 MB of PC-133 RAM. I used it happily with Windows 2000 Professional. So it's been awhile. :)
 

My Computer

System One

  • Operating System
    Windows Vista Ultimate x64 Edition
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP xw8200 Workstation
    CPU
    Two Intel Zeon 3.68 GHz Processors
    Motherboard
    Proprietary
    Memory
    7 GB DDR2 400 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    nVidia GeForce 9400GT PCI
    Sound Card
    C-Media PCI Sound Card
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung SyncMaster 213T 21" 4x3 Flat Screen
    Screen Resolution
    1600x1200
    Hard Drives
    Two Fujitsu MAP3735NP 73 GB U320 SCSI Disks
    PSU
    Proprietary
    Case
    HP xw8200 Workstation Case
    Cooling
    Two CPU Fans and One Larger Cooling Fan
    Mouse
    Microsoft USB Optical Mouse
    Keyboard
    PS/2 Keyboard
    Internet Speed
    7 mbps
    Other Info
    Two LSI U320 SCSI Adapters

Cammygirl192

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England

Posts
110
#6
I haven't got experience but you have to make sure that there's nothing wrong with it, if it's from eBay you might want to check it all works before you buy it or you'll be wasting your money.
 

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Packard Bell imedia s3210
    CPU
    AMD Athlon(tm) 7450 Dual Core Processor (2.40GHz)
    Memory
    2.00GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce 8200

townsbg

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2,279
#7
I haven't got experience but you have to make sure that there's nothing wrong with it, if it's from eBay you might want to check it all works before you buy it or you'll be wasting your money.
Just a thought but I'm not sure how you will check the computer before buying if you are buying through ebay unless the seller is willing to meet. What you can do is look for auctions that have a return policy (not all do but that would be a plus) and look at the seller's rating as well as reviews from previous buyers. Personally I wouldn't buy a computer from ebay unless it is a specific model I happen to need that I can't find anywhere else.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • Operating System
    Windows 7 Pro x64
    Manufacturer/Model
    Mid 2010 iMac
    CPU
    Quad core 3.2 Ghz I3
    Memory
    8 gb
    Graphics Card(s)
    ATI Radeon HD 5670 512 mb ram
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080 and 1440x900
    Hard Drives
    1 TB
  • Operating System
    Windows 2008 R2 Enterprise
    Manufacturer/Model
    Compaq Presario SR5350F
    CPU
    Pentium 2.0 gHZ Dual core E2160
    Memory
    2 gb
    Screen Resolution
    1440 x 900
    Hard Drives
    300 GB

ilikefree

Vista Guru
Gold Member
New Zealand

Posts
2,883
#8
Thinkpad I'm now using I got from Trade Me a New Zealand site like Ebay
I needed to replace the battery and it came with no hard drive so I fitted a SSD
It did come with the docking station
I paid $100 NZD
It was not refurbished, just a second hand laptop
Installed Vista from a DVD and have had no problems with it
Would I go this route again, Yes
 

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo Thinkpad T400
    CPU
    Intel Mobile Core 2 Duo P8700 @ 2.53GHz
    Motherboard
    LENOVO 64734VM
    Memory
    2.00GB Single-Channel DDR3 @ 531MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel Mobile Intel 4 Series Express Chipset Family
    Sound Card
    Conexant 20561 SmartAudio HD
    Monitor(s) Displays
    15 inch
    Screen Resolution
    1280 x 800
    Hard Drives
    1x 180GB Intel 530 series SSD
    1 x 120GB Hitachi 5400rmp
    1 x 650GB Western Digital Elements 5400rpm
    1x 1Tb Western Digital Elements 5400rpm
    Internet Speed
    Medium for New Zealand
    Other Info
    Weakest part of my computer is the graphics chipset.
    Only ever used a laptop.
    Also use USB Freeview TV Card
    Lenovo Docking Station
    External Speakers
    Other bits a pieces as needed

ilikefree

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New Zealand

Posts
2,883
#10
It's ok to buy from official but don't buy it from personal.
I found no problem with personal. It was what was advertised and came well packed.
 

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo Thinkpad T400
    CPU
    Intel Mobile Core 2 Duo P8700 @ 2.53GHz
    Motherboard
    LENOVO 64734VM
    Memory
    2.00GB Single-Channel DDR3 @ 531MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel Mobile Intel 4 Series Express Chipset Family
    Sound Card
    Conexant 20561 SmartAudio HD
    Monitor(s) Displays
    15 inch
    Screen Resolution
    1280 x 800
    Hard Drives
    1x 180GB Intel 530 series SSD
    1 x 120GB Hitachi 5400rmp
    1 x 650GB Western Digital Elements 5400rpm
    1x 1Tb Western Digital Elements 5400rpm
    Internet Speed
    Medium for New Zealand
    Other Info
    Weakest part of my computer is the graphics chipset.
    Only ever used a laptop.
    Also use USB Freeview TV Card
    Lenovo Docking Station
    External Speakers
    Other bits a pieces as needed