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How good are the noname white box computers offered on Ebay?

by reli37 / February 23, 2015 8:45 AM PST

I see many good looking white box desktops offered on Ebay at reasonable prices. Are these units truly a good buy? Are they reliable?

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Have to write no.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 23, 2015 9:05 AM PST

After reading reviews, the answer is it's a swamp with good and bad things.

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I only use such myself
by James Denison / February 23, 2015 9:07 AM PST

that way I'm not tied down to OEM operating systems, BTX motherboards and boxes, daughter boards, and plenty of other tricks the major manufacturers use to try and force users to buy parts from them, at inflated prices.

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Wild cards...
by Willy / February 24, 2015 3:56 AM PST

These vendors vary from good to bad and while there is a rating system, that can be stuffed. These 3rd party vendors are fronts for any available vendor that sells whatever. So, you take your chances. The established online vendors offer the same thing or similar and maybe slightly more in cost but they offer a "return policy" even eBay does but still it all depends. On top of all this PayPal business when you have a problem, you have to jump thru hoops to get things done, but heck nothing is stopping you, do a deal and come back with results.

As for white box systems, review the specs and be aware of those "too good to be true" deals, generally the same old advice applies, use common sense.

tada -----Willy Happy

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