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New or used desktop?

by fmitchelltx01 / July 1, 2013 2:38 PM PDT

I am in need of a new desktop. My current desktop is an old HP running XP. It is on its last legs it looks like. I went to Frys today and looked at new computers. I then stopped by a local computer repair store that I have used before to repair my laptop. The local guy says what I should get is a used Dell that he has, currently running Vista. He tells me that this is as good as or better than a new computer as it will be just as fast, etc. I trust the guy to a point. It just doesn't sound right that I am going to get the same or better performance by spending $325 on his used one as opposed to buying a new Windows 8 unit. The local guy tells me that I can install Windows 8 on the Dell that he has and it will be as good as or better than a new computer, for about half the price. I am looking to spend no more than $600 total on a desktop alone. I am planning on buying a flat screen TV for a monitor as opposed to a regular computer monitor. My main use will be for my eBay based home business. No games, just having to access pictures, etc. It will also be used for general internet, computer use. I have a 2 TB external hard drive so I don't necessarily need a huge internal hard drive on my next computer. I plan to buy a new laptop around Christmas but want to get the desktop in a month or so. Any help y'all can give me on this would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!

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For $600 you can do much better
by Steven Haninger / July 1, 2013 10:23 PM PDT
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than an old Vista PC that's behind the time by two operating systems. I'd say back to the drawing board on this one.

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Re: external drive
by Kees_B Forum moderator / July 1, 2013 10:36 PM PDT
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You DO realise, I hope, that if that 2 TB external drive fails (and that's a very common happening, just read our storage forum), you will lose 2 TB of data unless you happen to have those data backed up to another 2 TB external drive?

If you realise that, you go for a computer with a big enough internal drive, so you can use your existing external drive as a backup only (an internal drive needs to have a backup also). An internal drive is faster and more reliable.

By the way, did that guy include a Windows 8 upgrade license in his $325, or do you have to spend another $200 (that's the Windows 8 Pro upgrade in the Microsoft shop) for that? Or will he give you a illegal, hacked version? That's more or less to be expected from somebody asking such a rediculous amount for a PC that's old enough to run Vista.


Kees

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New computer? Asus CM6730
by fmitchelltx01 / July 2, 2013 1:04 AM PDT
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I figured that I could get a better computer, new, than what he was trying to sell that is used. I saw an Asus CM6730 yesterday that is in my price range. Is this a good computer to consider? What other desktops should I be looking at?

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I would chose any of these
by Jager67 / July 2, 2013 1:47 AM PDT
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There are Cheaper PC's
by Jager67 / July 2, 2013 10:47 PM PDT

There are many in the $270-$400 price but those refurbs i posted can last a good amount of years down the road or you can buy the $270 that will be good for 1 maybe 2 years then it needs more ram or faster CPU but the 3 PCs i have posted ive built 2 PCs with similar parts as in the CPU an RAM and they run clean an fast for video editting and basic browsing and have had them for almost over a year now

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You are in business so...
by Oldartq / July 2, 2013 5:38 AM PDT
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you might not like to go the refurbish route but the repair guy is correct in some degree. I have bought 2 laptop and 2 desktop (refurbish) from ubid...and they do look almost like new (2 are vista and 2 are 64 home premium). Is it as good as new..who knows? Oh...I didn't pay the price that he paid though. I did notice it had gone up since I got mine. But at his price I problaly go new instead ($270-400) all the time.

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Asus?
by fmitchelltx01 / July 2, 2013 10:05 AM PDT

Thanks for the info. I found the Asus I looked at yesterday at Frys on eBay new for about $200 less than Frys. Is Asus a good reputable brand?

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ASUS mother boards are among the best
by Steven Haninger / July 2, 2013 9:44 PM PDT
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They are the real core of a PC. One thing you do want to do if you buy a brand name is to check the power supply specs. Most of these tend to be only suited for that system's needs and don't provide the opportunity to expand. That is, if it has on board graphics, you won't be able to add your own graphics card without replacing the power supply. As well, I'd stay away from those SSF (small form factor) PCs if you have any intention of expanding. They tend to have proprietary power supplies that are expensive to replace or upgrade.

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Thanks!
by fmitchelltx01 / July 2, 2013 10:40 PM PDT

Looks like I may be going with an Asus CM6730. I am planning on using an HDTV for the monitor. Do new computers have an HDMI out to get from the tower to the TV? if not, how do I do it?

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I checked the specs on the model you posted
by Steven Haninger / July 2, 2013 11:08 PM PDT
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It does claim to offer HDMI out but I'd suggest that you should double check that on your own. Good luck

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Opinion
by Bob__B / July 2, 2013 10:07 AM PDT
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The A10-5700...as mentioned above.....seems nice.
It's not a top of the line unit.
It's not a gaming rig.

It should run most stuff just fine.
At 410 bucks.....not bad.

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