I'm about to buy a new computer, I really need one and I finally have a decent amount of cash saved up, the only one I can afford which is decent that I'm looking at right now is a 3.8Ghz dual core with 1gb of ram, which I guess will sustain me for a while. However I'm also seeing a 4.2 ghz with 2 gb of ram, more disk space, better video, etc, for the same price, except it is refurbished. I am really tempted to go with this more powerful machine.
Anyways, it is worth it to get a refurbished desktop or should I pass?
ps the refurbished pcs and normal pcs are from tigerdirect.ca, where im buying from
Those Refurb Dells are priced very high. I spend part of my day perusing Fatwallet.com's Hot Deals forum. Do a search for Dell and you will see many deals that are 1/2 the price of a similarly powered refurb Dell.
The biggest problem I have with Dell is their proprietary bios and the bundled software that boggs the computer down. I am also not a fan of on board video as it often shares resources (memory).
When looking for new computer hardware, I recommend a daily visit to FW's hot deals forum.
Tiger Direct sells similar products to everyone else. Their Systemax brand isn't any worse than any other budget brand. The parts are not optimal just affordable. I don't think Systemax is using any proprietary products in their PC's and the quality should be comparable to other full machine manufacturers.
I just question whether anyone would want to roll the dice on a purchase from Tiger Direct. Especially considering it is refurbished.
You sound as if you have done some research. Would you consider building one yourself? Relatively simple assembly, you can control the quality of each individual part and you chose the price point.
Yeah, I've done research, but only on what kind of machine parts I'd like and which products I can get which have most of the specs I want. I'd never consider building my own because I am not a technical person, wouldn't even know where to start, and even if I read some tutorials would still botch it up, even worse then buying a refurbished computer.
I'm also about to purchase a new computer. However, if you have noticed recent news Intel will have their new generation of CPU avaliable within the following months. Conroe Core 2 Duo, which has a much more effectiveness, faster and cooler than AMD and its old ineffective pentium D (the one youre going to buy?). And pent D will fade out before 2007 once C2D get avaliable. I'm also wait and see for the new generation come out other than buying an old generation computer in this very moment.