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Old 08-20-2017, 07:02 AM
 
Location: Charlotte county, Florida
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If you're still shopping around check out e-bay...
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Old 08-20-2017, 04:00 PM
 
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If you're still shopping around check out e-bay...

I wish ebay offered items, where you didn't need PAYPAL.
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Old 08-21-2017, 09:58 AM
 
Location: Columbia SC
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I have bought two desktops from Walmart Refurbished and been very happy with them.
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Old 08-25-2017, 10:09 AM
 
Location: NW Penna.
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I bought 2 HP Compaq 8200 Elite small form factor desktops on ebay back in 2012 or so. Came with 2GB RAM, a 160BG hard drive or so, i5-2400 3.1Ghx CPU in one and a faster i5 in the other, onboard video & sound, etc. Both had a Windows 7 Pro sticker. So I just downloaded the Win7 Pro iso, made a DVD, and installed a legal OS from that. Got the drivers and updated BIOS and all from HP's support site. Upgraded the faster one to 8GB RAM and a larger hard drive, and redeployed the 2GB to the slower machine to give it a total of 4GB AM.

Had to replace the power supply on the slower machine last year. Other than that, these are solid commercial machines that run cool, use little power, reused my old monitors, and cost under $200 each at the time. I see no reason to upgrade yet.

The tower 8200 / 8300 offers larger power supply and you can use a full height graphics card in it. The small form factor is limited on video upgrades due to its small power supply and the small case that only accommodates a half height video card.
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Old 09-03-2017, 03:26 PM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ
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Costco and Sam's Club are good sources of computers. Reasonably priced and they have a 90 day return policy.

For me, however, I do like SorryIMovedBack and buy or get used computers and fix or upgrade them.

I was given an HP desktop earlier in the year. Quad core, 8GB RAM, 2 TB hard drive, new enough to have USB 3 ports, but it had a busted motherboard. I ordered the replacement motherboard new from China for $60. US sources wanted over $100. Installed the new motherboard, started it up, and voila, it worked.
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Old 09-03-2017, 04:14 PM
 
Location: Brawndo-Thirst-Mutilator-Nation
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My Junkshiba laptop finally died. I bought a replacement for it on Craigslist for 120 bucks. Just a basic Dell-Celeron laptop, mainly for internet use....dvd player, 4 gigs ram, 320 hdd, 15.6 inch display.
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