But let's ask this. Will refurbs do here?
And there are problems with XP on 8GB RAM. But I have a feeling you know that.
I have a six-year old Dell desktop that is maxed out in RAM, HD and expansion slots at just 1 GB. I love it otherwise. I have two laptops that are much newer, with Vista, and hate them. I have thought of buying a new desktop with W7, but it will soon be made obsolete by W8, and I'm not interested in touch screen. As for W7, I see companies all around me that have stayed on XP, and even my wife's college has elected to do so. So, why change to W7 and screw up ten years of window documents? My wife's college has its own tech department that converts even the newest machines back to XP, but I'm told I can't buy a nice new desktop with 8 GB of RAM, a 2T hard drive and the latest processor...running XP. Is that true? Am I wrong to want one?