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How to buy a Used Desktop Computer?

Refurbished / used Desktop

If you're looking to save money buying a used or refurbished computer can save you a lot of money. A refurbished computer is a computer that has been returned to the company has been checked out as good but cannot be sold again as new. All major computer manufacturers will have a refurbished section showing all their available refurbished products. Buying one of these computers instead of a new computer can save you hundreds of dollars.

In addition to refurbished computers individuals and companies for various reasons will also sell their used computers. When buying these look out for the following.

  • Verify it has no physical damage by inspecting the ports as well as the inside and the outside of the case.
  • Make sure you're getting what you pay for. See the below scam section for additional details.
  • Make sure computer comes with any CD's for the operating systems or programs that are promised to be installed.
  • Realize that many computer manufacturers will not transfer the computer warranty from the old user to you.

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Need to upgrade a Pentium 4 - LGA775 socket to something faster?


First of all, no matter what, you'll need more memory (preferably 4gb). Having said that, the computer came out in 2007 and is 5 years old. Considering how old all your components are (video card, hard drives, etc.), I would recommend replacing the whole things. Truthfully, even if you fix one bottleneck, there will be many more bottlenecks to fix. You can find a good computer that would destroy your current one for around $400. If you need to use a smaller computer, you are better off getting a laptop for around $400 or less. If you want to save some money, you can go to geeks.com. They sell discount and refurbished computers relatively cheap. As an example you buy a refurbished Asus laptop for $349 (see link).
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Shop around and you will see many laptops at low prices. My recommendations as a starting point are:
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Hope this information helps. Good luck.

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No problems. It's a refurbished unit because a lot of people bought it as a gaming machine - which definitely isn't - and returned it when they realized that for serious gaming the needed upgrades were more expensive than the pc itself.
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Buying electronics other than new can save a bundle of cash, especially if used. The problem with used is that you don't know "how used" it is.

A better way is to buy "factory refurbished" This way, you get the benefit of a factory (or portion thereof) warranty and may be eligible to extend it with a "third party" warranty from companies such as SquareTrade.

Not all refurbished devices however, are "factory refurbished". Some companies will refurbish items but will not come with a factory warranty or are not even eligible for a third party warranty, either. If a warranty is important to you, make sure you know what is covered, for how long and how to get warranty service. Some warranty service providers warn that 3 weeks or more is standard, while others claim to fix or replace the device in 48 hours or less after receiving.

Regardless of which type you want, eBay is a great source for used, refurbished and factory refurbished equipment. Craiglist.org is a source for mostly used equipment where you usually deal locally "face to face" instead of via email and shipping companies. Of course, using Google to search the term "S60 Refurbish" will give even more results.

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