Refurbished Desktops

Purchasing a computer can cost a lot of money, but if you are strapped for cash you may consider purchasing a refurbished desktop. Many of the top brand names and premier computer manufacturers actually refurbish, repackage and then resell their desktops for extremely low prices. These include manufacturers such as Acer, Dell and HP. If you merely require a computer for personal use, and would like to keep the costs down, then a refurbished desktop may be perfect for you. The majority of refurbished PCs and desktops will still come fully equipped with many of the peripherals you might need or would like. You should be able to find units that will include a hard drive, CD or DVD drives, a video card, a floppy drive, an ethernet controller, and even an on-board audio card.

You may find that certain standard accessories that will come with a new purchase may not be part of the package when you purchase a refurbished desktop. These may include a monitor, mouse and a keyboard. Once you have purchased your unit you will be solely responsible for installing the necessary drivers for the specific accessories and any other peripherals that you wish to have installed on your computer. Another consideration is the actual operating system, e.g. Windows XP, Windows Vista. Many refurbished desktops will require you to have your own licensed operating system software prior to use. If you’re spending below $200 on a refurbished desktop, the likelihood is that it doesn’t have its own operating system and this will need to be installed by you. Anything up to $400 is more than likely to have either XP or Vista installed. The easiest way to check is to go through the product listing to see what has been pre-installed on the system.

You should also find that there is a wide variety of processor speeds available in refurbished desktops. As you may be aware the central processing unit (CPU) will determine exactly how powerful and expensive your system will be. The processor and its performance are measured in gigahertz (GHz), and typically the higher the number of gigahertz, the more power and speed your processor will possess. You have a choice of CPUs that you could purchase however Intel and AMD are renowned for offering the greatest performance. You have three different choices of CPU unit:-

Entry level – these are typically designed for inexpensive computers and are mainly used for office applications such as word processing, Internet access and possibly viewing videos and digital photography. Although your PC will be powered by CPU chips that have the same specific speed rating has many more expensive processors, they will not have as many features. If you are looking for an entry-level refurbished desktop you can expect to pay in the region of $100 to $400.

Mid level – A mid level CPU chip is not only extremely affordable, it offers a lot of power as well. If you have certain tasks that require more processor power such as audio/video editing, 3D imaging and anything that will speed up the majority of your computer tasks, this is the level for you. You should find that a refurbished desktop will cost you anywhere from $200 up to $500.

Top of the line – as you may have guessed, this is the fastest type of processor available in the marketplace. If you are interested in applications such as computer aided design or a premium multimedia performance then this is the refurbished desktop for you. If you’re looking for a refurbished unit with this level of power, you can expect to pay anywhere from $300 up to $800.

One of the most important aspects of purchasing a refurbished desktop is the warranty. You must remember that the majority of these products were most likely returned or rejected due to a problem or potential defect. Although this may have been corrected, you need to ensure that you have some form of coverage in place should this problem ever return. Unfortunately many manufacturers will modify the warranties that they offer on their refurbished products. If you do purchase a refurbished unit and there is no warranty offered, you should tread very carefully. It can offer you peace of mind to know that with a warranty on a refurbished desktop, should any problems occur your system will be repaired to the original specifications with the original manufacturer’s parts or certain certified replacements. It is also important to find out who will handle the actual warranty work. However a refurbished desktop is definitely one way that you as a consumer can find a great deal.

This Refurbished Desktops Review is Written/Updated on May 21st, 2011 and filed under Computer Hardware. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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