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Windows 7: refurbished pc. is this a good deal?

30 Mar 2014   #1
macgig

Mac OSX 10.6.8, Win 7 home premium sp1
 
 
refurbished pc. is this a good deal?

pentium 4 processor. is the pent 4 still good or should I avoid it? it will be used the email, web surfing, office... (2 gig ram isnt much, wonder if I can add more in this system?)

Dell Optiplex 520 Windows 7 Home Premium Refurbished Desktop PC, 2GB | Staples®

thinking of getting this for my brother. his pc is 9 yrs old... this one has to be faster/better than what he has now. he's got a inspiron 531/dell....


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30 Mar 2014   #2
indianacarnie

 

Looks like a decent deal to me and as you say, it HAS to be better/faster than what he already has. According to Crucial you'll max out at 4 gigs of RAM so you can add 2 more.

Computer memory upgrades for Dell OptiPlex GX520 Desktop/PC from Crucial.com
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30 Mar 2014   #3
macgig

Mac OSX 10.6.8, Win 7 home premium sp1
 
 

nice thanks. 4 gb ram would be fine for what hes doing. I may give him a shout about this one.
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30 Mar 2014   #4
ignatzatsonic

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

The Inspiron 531 is circa 2006-7 I think. Tough to compare to anything else because there were a bunch of models of it that varied considerably in price and performance.

So, more details needed, but the GX 520 is at least 4 or 5 years old. With only 2 GB of RAM, it might be a marginal improvement, but I'd keep my expectations quite low.

The processor in that particular GX 520 scores 361 on a Passmark benchmark. Quite low.

Anything you can find with a "Intel Core 2 Duo" processor would be significantly faster and probably not much more expensive. For instance, a Core 2 Duo E 6600 scores 1551 on the same benchmark.
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30 Mar 2014   #5
macgig

Mac OSX 10.6.8, Win 7 home premium sp1
 
 

hes needs a newer pc but price is a problem. I'm worried the pent 4 may be too slow... I may hunt around for the Intel Core 2 Duo... and windows 7... thanks.
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30 Mar 2014   #6
ignatzatsonic

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by macgig View Post
hes needs a newer pc but price is a problem. I'm worried the pent 4 may be too slow... I may hunt around for the Intel Core 2 Duo... and windows 7... thanks.
HP DC7900 160GB Refurb Desktop PC with Intel Core 2 Duo processor (2.33 GHz) | Staples®

HP DC7900 160GB Refurbished Desktop PC with Intel Core 2 Duo processor (2.4 GHz) | Staples®

above 2 are quite similar; the more expensive one has a slightly more powerful processor.

Both have Windows 7 home premium and 4 gb of RAM.
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30 Mar 2014   #7
oneextraid

Windows 7 SP1 x64
 
 

If you plan to move to Windows 8 or 8.1 then be sure to check the processor to make sure that it will support Windows 8, etc. new hardware requirements.
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30 Mar 2014   #8
macgig

Mac OSX 10.6.8, Win 7 home premium sp1
 
 

this looks decent also. faster processor than the pent 4 I think? 80 gb hd is sort of small though.

HP Refurbished Compaq DC5800 Desktop PC - Walmart.com

I plan on sticking with win7 as long as I can.
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30 Mar 2014   #9
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

You can always get a bigger hard drive

And you can always get a 32 or 64 GB flash drive for storage.
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30 Mar 2014   #10
macgig

Mac OSX 10.6.8, Win 7 home premium sp1
 
 

very true. and more ram. I like this one and the price. never bought a refurb before but I guess its safe.
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