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Windows 7: Is this is a good deal?

22 May 2016   #1
kwitel

7/64 bit
 
 
Is this is a good deal?

Thank you for reading.

I need to get two desktops for a new office I am opening and I am on a budget.
My uses are super-basic; most of what i do is in the cloud, I have one local CRM (that is fairly RAM-light) and otherwise just web browsing.

The deal is for two Dell Optiplex Refurbs, each with the following ($650 per):

-Intel Core i7-4790 Quad @ 3.6GHz
-8 GB DDR3 RAM
-DVD-RW Drive (DVD and CD burner)
- Intel integrated Graphics
-256 GB SSD (Solid State Drive)
-Windows 7 Professional SP1, 32-bit
-10 USB 2.0 ports (6 back, 4 front)
-Gigabit Ethernet port
-VGA port
-DisplayPort
-Audio out/line in ports

Any thoughts/advice is greatly appreciated.



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22 May 2016   #2
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

For "super-basic" purposes, a 4790 is way overkill. That's a powerhouse processor.

No problem if it's within your budget, but you might be better served by distributing the 650 differently---less to the CPU and more to something else--monitor, larger storage drive, software upgrade, whatever.
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22 May 2016   #3
DocBrown

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

Have you looked at Newegg or TigerDirect for refurbs ? Of course you need to buy the the monitors also.
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22 May 2016   #4
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Yep $650 is too much.
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22 May 2016   #5
kwitel

7/64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
For "super-basic" purposes, a 4790 is way overkill. That's a powerhouse processor.

No problem if it's within your budget, but you might be better served by distributing the 650 differently---less to the CPU and more to something else--monitor, larger storage drive, software upgrade, whatever.
The issues is, I dont know how to "space" those things out b/c all the refurbs I find (predominantly on Ebay) are all pre-built and I dont have any room to customize.
Would an older i7 suit me better or should I just drop to the i5s?

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DocBrown View Post
Have you looked at Newegg or TigerDirect for refurbs ? Of course you need to buy the the monitors also.
I have not. I will check now-thanks.
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22 May 2016   #6
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

An i5 will serve you fine, no need for an i7
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22 May 2016   #7
kwitel

7/64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
An i5 will serve you fine, no need for an i7
Any generation?

Is an SSD necessary?
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22 May 2016   #8
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Look for mid-level Skylake or Haswell generation i5s.

4430, 4440, 4460, 4570, 4590, 4690, 6400, 6500, or 6600 are all mid to upper level i5s and should make short work of what you need to do.

An SSD is not necessary, but it's usually more of a noticeable improvement than spending say an extra 50 or 75 on a faster processor.

Ideally, you can get a smallish SSD for the OS and applications and a larger standard HD for storage, but that might be tough to find on a pre-built PC.

If you don't need much storage, just get a single SSD that's big enough to hold both your OS and files.

SSDs at 256 GB or smaller are going to be well under $100 in a store, but OEMs like Dell tend to rip you off on the normal retail price.
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22 May 2016   #9
kwitel

7/64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
Look for mid-level Skylake or Haswell generation i5s.

4430, 4440, 4460, 4570, 4590, 4690, 6400, 6500, or 6600 are all mid to upper level i5s and should make short work of what you need to do.

An SSD is not necessary, but it's usually more of a noticeable improvement than spending say an extra 50 or 75 on a faster processor.

Ideally, you can get a smallish SSD for the OS and applications and a larger standard HD for storage, but that might be tough to find on a pre-built PC.

If you don't need much storage, just get a single SSD that's big enough to hold both your OS and files.

SSDs at 256 GB or smaller are going to be well under $100 in a store, but OEMs like Dell tend to rip you off on the normal retail price.
Yeah the optionality falls off dramatically on NewEgg when I require an SSD.
Are these micro PCs a good choice or should I just stick with a tower?
Im guessing 8gbs of ram should be sufficient in most of my scenarios...
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22 May 2016   #10
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

micro pc`s are fine too, as long as they have good parts.

And yes 8 GB is plenty
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