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    • pinkshoes
    • By pinkshoes 13th Jan 19, 4:29 PM
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    PC recommendation
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    • 13th Jan 19, 4:29 PM
    PC recommendation 13th Jan 19 at 4:29 PM
    I need (ok, want) a new PC as mine is 6.5 years old and getting a bit slow.

    I use it daily, and use it predominantly for powerpoint presentations, spreadsheets, internet and playing The Sims (occasionally).

    I currently have a Dell but open to recommendations.
    Any suggestions?



    (DS1 would like my current one).
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    • that
    • By that 13th Jan 19, 4:56 PM
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    Generally would say ebay, second hand dell optiplex 4th gen cpu 9010 or 9020, and your son will probably have the spec already in mind. Cheaper models will probably also work

    One word of caution for the future, beware of the case size, because if he wants a good graphics card he may not find one for smaller case, and probably the psu could also not have enough power.
    • justaquestion
    • By justaquestion 13th Jan 19, 5:08 PM
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    • 13th Jan 19, 5:08 PM
    My desktop is just about to turn 9 years old now, got it from Pcspecialist, a about three years ago it got so slow on bootup took maybe three mins or more.

    Got a 500gb SSD three or so more ears ago and this has made all the difference. I use the SSD for putting the operating systems on, currently have two versions of windows 10 and one of windows 7 on different partitions. I have a few internal hard drives as well to store the data

    it is a quad core pc, so maybe consider the SSD option, you may be pleasantly surprised how your pc gets a new lease of life.

    At the moment I am more than happy with the performance and will put off upgrading as long as I can.

    All down to an SSD I think as the ram is only 4GB
    Last edited by justaquestion; 13-01-2019 at 5:14 PM.
    • John Gray
    • By John Gray 13th Jan 19, 6:56 PM
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    • 13th Jan 19, 6:56 PM
    At work, we are just planning to upgrade HP PCs dating back as far as 2006 with newer second-hand ones, dating from the end of 2013...

    But given the option, I'd get a second-hand Dell Optiplex, perhaps from here, absolutely definitely with an SSD (256 GB?) for Windows, and an ordinary hard drive for data.
    • that
    • By that 13th Jan 19, 9:13 PM
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    • 13th Jan 19, 9:13 PM
    But given the option, I'd get a second-hand Dell Optiplex, perhaps from here, absolutely definitely with an SSD (256 GB?) for Windows, and an ordinary hard drive for data.
    Originally posted by John Gray
    Sorry, but just cant see a deal from the above company. Below is an i5 which is 4th gen which compares very well to the above i7, but the box is 160 and above it is 500 for a bigger disk and a better graphic card, but 340 difference in price for an older box too?.
    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Dell-Optiplex-9020-Windows-10-Tower-PC-Intel-Core-i5-4th-3-2GHz-4GB-750GB-HDD/253992941215

    this I think is meh, ok-ish deal. if you go for 8GB, 250GB SSD ir is about 250
    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Dell-Optiplex-9020-USFF-Core-i5-4590S-Quad-Core-16GB-512GB-SSD-Win-10-Pro/223314300107
    Last edited by that; 13-01-2019 at 9:23 PM.
    • pinkshoes
    • By pinkshoes 13th Jan 19, 10:10 PM
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    • 13th Jan 19, 10:10 PM
    Thanks for the replies.

    I hadn't actually thought about a refurb.

    What exactly IS a refurb?

    Having looked through lots of the recommendations, you certainly get a much higher spec for a lot less money.

    What are the pitfalls with a refurb?
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    • By that 13th Jan 19, 11:31 PM
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    • 13th Jan 19, 11:31 PM
    What exactly IS a refurb?

    What are the pitfalls with a refurb?
    Originally posted by pinkshoes
    a refurb is often a second hand computer that has been tested to check it works. On ebay they are usually a few years old. The current newest cpu are i5-9xxx - 9th gen. If you are lucky someone may have blown the dust out before switching it on

    They wipe the disk, often then test it and put windows on, and do a general check to see if it works.


    A factory refurb is different. It is a new machine that has been rejected by a purchaser for one or more reasons. If there is a fault then the company often fixes it, but if it is a scratch or dent then they may not.

    Whenever you buy any machine, the first thing that you should do is run diagnostics, and these are free from Dell for Dell. Also check all the usb ports work

    you will also need a screen and a keyboard.
    Last edited by that; 14-01-2019 at 9:04 PM. Reason: left off a bracket
    • Cisco001
    • By Cisco001 14th Jan 19, 4:47 PM
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    What budget?
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