Refurbished?

panais

Power User
What exactly is refurbished computer?
Is it good?Is it bad to buy one?
 

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Custom Built by me.
    CPU
    Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte GA-X38-DS4
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    KINGSTON HYPERX DDR2 4GB (2X2GB) PC6400 800MHZ DUAL CHANNEL KIT
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    SAPPHIRE RADEON HD4890 OC 1GB GDDR5
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    2/4/5.1/7.1-channel Realtek High Definition
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    Samsung LE40A656F1 1080p 100Hz LCD HD TV 50,000:1
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    1366x768 in Desktop,1920x1080p in gaming and video
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    C:\WD VelociRaptor 150 GB,10,000 RPM
    D:\WESTERN DIGITAL WD15EADS 1.5TB CAVIAR GREEN SATA2 E:\WESTERN DIGITAL WD15EADS 1.5TB CAVIAR GREEN SATA2 No Raid.Copy Paste Is The Safest Way.
    PSU
    Seasonic 700W 80plus
    Case
    A-Case Twin Engine BB
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    3 thermaltake smart case fan II + 1 arctic cooling fan
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    Wirelles Logitech Laser Mouse MX620
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    Wireless Logitech LX710
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    ADSL 4000plus
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    F:\Sony high speed sata Dvd Rewriter
    KINGSTON HYPER X FAN
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AstaLaVista

Lost in Cyberspace
Vista Pro
As I understand it, something was bad with it (hdd, RAM, Mobo, etc), the pc was sent back, they fix it and have to sell it as used now. It could be as good as a new one, perhaps better but warranty will be shorten by a lot.

I'm sure others will have a better answer though.
 

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System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Custom Built
    CPU
    Intel Q9650 w/CM V8 Cooler...
    Motherboard
    EVGA 780i SLI FTW... Latest Bios & Drivers
    Memory
    Corsair Dominator 8GB (4 x 2GB) PC2-8500C5D
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    EVGA GTX260
    Sound Card
    Realtek High Def Onboard
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    Acer 22" LCD Widescreen
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    1680 x 1050
    Hard Drives
    WD Velociraptor 160GB
    Samsung Sata 750GB
    Maxtor External 160GB
    PSU
    PC Power & Cooling 750w Silencer
    Case
    Thermaltake Speedo Advance
    Cooling
    Air Cooled... See CPU
    Mouse
    Logitech G7
    Keyboard
    Logitech G15
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    Comcast 6MB Broadband
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    Linksys WRT54G router

SCSIraidGURU

New Member
Get the extended warranty. They are returned for some reason. Repaired and resold. You don't know what this issues were. If its more than 70% the cost of the new one, get the new one.
 

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System One

  • CPU
    pair of Intel E5430 quad core 2.66 GHz Xeons
    Motherboard
    Supermicro X7DWA-N server board
    Memory
    16GB DDR667
    Graphics Card(s)
    eVGA 8800 GTS 640 MB video card
    Hard Drives
    SAS RAID
Refurbished is a description of a product that was returned to manufacturer while within warranty or guarantee period because of some defect/s and has been factory restored to full function and resold at reduced price with shorter than new product warranty.

And then there is the so-called "repackaged": products that were returned to manufaturer shortly after sale for reason/s other than defects and resold at reduced price in generic package or labeled "repackaged". usually with warranty period like brand new product.

And then there is "refurbished/repackaged" which I am not clear about.

I have heard some stories about such products with previous owners' files and documents still in HD but otherwise functional, even good... for many years. I have no personal experience, myself. All my previous 4 notebooks were brand new and none lasted without major prob for more than 3 yrs. Up to this point, I am convinced laptops are good for just three yrs., tops.
 

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System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    HP Pavilion dv7-1170us
    CPU
    Intel Core 2 Duo T5800 @ 2.00GHz
    Motherboard
    Compal
    Memory
    4.096
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT
    Screen Resolution
    1440 x 900
    Hard Drives
    289.09 GB
    Mouse
    Synaptics PS/2 Port TouchPad
    Keyboard
    IBM enhanced (101-or 102) keyboard
    Internet Speed
    cable Wireless
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