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Discussion in 'Hardware' started by queenbqty, Jun 17, 2011.

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  1. queenbqty

    queenbqty Thread Starter

    Oct 17, 2009
    I have a question for the experts:
    Yesterday, my computer was cleaned of viruses by Verizon premium tech support. At the time, the person who did it said my computer was old, slow and needed to be replaced with a newer model. He suggested I spend $700 to a thousand dollars for a new system. I am disabled and on a fixed income and I cannot afford that kind of expense. My computer is important to me, but all I do is play games and watch videos or tv shows so I don't think I need a lot of fancy bells and whistles, 2 processors or 3 gigabytes of memory or other things he was telling me to get and I can't afford them anyway.
    So my question is, is there anywhere I can get a refurbished (preferably manufacturer) computer tower which is more up to date than my current Dell GX260, but has Windows 7 for less than $400 (preferably less than $300)? I only paid $115 for my current tower from Dell and although it has problems from time to time, It works just fine for my needs. But the Computer guy kind of scared me and has me thinking my old computer is going to crumble into ashes at any moment, so any ideas/suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
    Thanks in advance.
  2. Triple6

    Triple6 Moderator

    Dec 26, 2002
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  3. TheShooter93

    TheShooter93 Malware Specialist

    Jul 9, 2008
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    Click Start.

    Right-click My Computer.

    Click Properties.

    How much RAM is installed?

    What processor is shown?
  4. Elvandil


    Aug 1, 2003
    I'm writing this on an old Dell GX520 that I loaded with 7 by moving it from my laptop. It works very well with 7 and even supports the fancy graphics.

    The point, I guess, is that old does not necessarily mean that a replacement is needed. Advice from people who sell computers about buying computers can very often be self-serving.

    I would say that if your machine does what you need it to do, then don't waste your money.

    Yes, there are some very good refurbished deals out there.

    So, don't panic. Look around. Maybe someday you will need a new one so you may as well be prepared.

    Some refurbished deals
  5. win2kpro


    Jul 19, 2005
    Lol, I'm using a machine I built in 2002 or 2003. Other than changing some fans from time to time, new optical drives 2 years ago and a new motherboard last year ($62) I've really never spent much on repairs. It does everything I need it to do and I'll use it until repairs are no longer feasible.

    I do have a newer dual core machine I built a couple of years ago I just turn on from time to time to check and update the antivirus.
  6. jiml8

    jiml8 Guest

    Jul 2, 2005
    If your computer does your job, then just keep it and keep using it.

    There is never any need to upgrade so long as (a) the current computer does the job you have for it to do; (b) it does not fail electronically.

    So, I would say that you should keep your money in your pocket and continue to use your old computer.
  7. captainron276


    Sep 11, 2010
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    Jan 30, 2007
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    The old saying is if it isnt broken dont fix it.my oldest laptop is 9 years old and i bought it used. its an IBM a31 thinkpad running windows xp pro. it came with a 40 g harddrive and 256 of ram. it now has a 250 g harddrive and a gig of ram. it runs like brand new and it doesnt know its old. lol!!!new and improved isnt always what it says. some of the older computers were much better made.by the way the dell gx optiplex models are great computers.
  9. jiml8

    jiml8 Guest

    Jul 2, 2005
    My 11 year old IBM A-30 is boarding a plane to singapore with me in a couple of hours. It also has XP Pro and 384 Megs of RAM. Works fine; why replace it?
  10. erick295


    Mar 27, 2005
    Then you have your answer... keep it :)

    In the last decade most improvements in computer hardware have gone way above and beyond what many people need. If you only play simple games, watch YouTube videos, and check your email... well, let me put it this way: people do all that on phones these days. You definitely don't need a powerful desktop for all that.

    If you're looking for a cheap performance increase, buy some more RAM. I don't know how much you have now but it looks like yours can take up to 2GB (2 sticks of 1GB each) of PC3200, also known as DDR400. This will run you about $55. If you don't want to pay that much, get 1GB (2 sticks of 512MB each) instead, which will be about $30. Of course this will only help if you don't already have 1GB of RAM :)


    You may want to look your service tag number (on the sticker on the back of your computer) on Dell's site to confirm that this is actually what your computer takes.

    You should also ditch whatever antivirus software you're currently running and get Microsoft Security Essentials instead, it's very efficient and will probably speed your computer up, and it will definitely do a lot to prevent you from getting viruses in the future. Things like Norton and McAffee are bloated and worthless.

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