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

30 Mar 2014   #11

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by macgig View Post
this looks decent also. faster processor than the pent 4 I think? 80 gb hd is sort of small though.
Yeah; faster than the Pentium 4 you were looking at. Passmark benchmark score of 1187 on this one.

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30 Mar 2014   #12


Last December, desperate to replace my newly dead 6 yr. old HP Pavilion dv7-1170us(Vista), I gambled on an old used HP Pavilion dv7-2173cl - refurbished by e-bay seller(new HD and upgraded from Vista to W7 Pro 32-bit)... for $207.00.

Four months later, I am a very happy(and that's an understatement) owner of a used refurbished laptop that is faster and better than the unit I replaced(which is yet an understatement as I was thoroughly happy with the replaced laptop which I thought was the best I ever owned...until this refurbished gem came along).
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30 Mar 2014   #13

Windows 10 x64

Pentium 4 with 2 GB running Win 7? I'm glad I'm not your seven-year-old son!

I have just such a box, but it runs Windows XP. Old. Slow. Suitable as print server and occasional (rare) guest computer, and nothing else. It's about ready for the trash man.

I can't imagine burdening such a box with Windows 7.
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30 Mar 2014   #14

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1

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.
About three years ago, I was going to buy my first laptop just as a play toy so I could take it places. I purchased a refurbished Pentium. It ran Win 7 very slow. The next year I got an i5 (also refurbished) and it does a great job. My point is that a Pentium is going to be very slow. I have purchased three refurbished PC's in the past and they run and last as good as new. Don't be afraid of refurbished, but be wary of the Pentium. I just don't think it is fast enough.
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03 Apr 2014   #15


Is Intel Centrino 2 better?
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03 Apr 2014   #16

Windows 7 Home Premium 64Bit

Depends on which model buddy!
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03 Apr 2014   #17

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1

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Is Intel Centrino 2 better?
How much are you going to spend on the PC?
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04 Apr 2014   #18


I googled Pentium4 vs. Centrino2 and I was surprised at the info I got.
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04 Apr 2014   #19

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

I remember Dells having capacitors failing on the main boards.

I buy lots of used PC parts off ebay and make my own computers.
A combo cpu and motherboard core2duo that can run at 1300fsb is good idea.
If you put in an e7200 - e7400 1066 cpu, that will run perfectly at 1300 fsb and you get an easy 3.4 ghz system. I pick up old PC's people throw out and reuse parts too.

I have a pentium 478 running win7 and use it for WMC HTPC and it does good, BUT it must have a decent video AGP card. I have a HD 2600 pro and it works perfect. I did have to set AGP fast write on, otherwise it had some issues with pixelation-screen corruption. that board is an PM8M MSI running 3.2ghz SL7PN with an overclocked fsb to 220. That PC an eMachines, was thrown away because its PSU had failed due to cooling fan had seized.
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04 Apr 2014   #20
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Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

Both systems look OK. The first one has a much higher clock speed but single core.

But I would not bother with more RAM. If you want to invest any money, I would get a 120GB SSD for $69 and replace the HDD. That gives you the best performance push for the money. The HDD you can always use as an external disk.

I have 8GB of RAN, and look how it is being used - mostly free.

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