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Old 12-04-2014, 10:16 PM   #1
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i have been using this used desktop for years now. i think i should start looking for a new used one. is there good & trustworthy places to look for one ?

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i have been using this used desktop for years now. i think i should start looking for a new used one. is there good & trustworthy places to look for one ?
Years ago I owned a used PC business. But those were the days of Pentium 4 processors and 512 MB of RAM.

Unless you need a super high performance gaming PC, new PCs today are very inexpensive. I saw a decent HP (AMD Quad Core, 4 GB RAM, 750 GB HD) at Staples on Black Friday for $299.

So, if you are OK with Windows 8, I'd go for a new model.

But I'm not. IMHO Windows 8 is a joke. Windows 7 is respectable. I will only use my Windows 8 laptop in Windows 7 (desktop) mode.

If you shop around on eBay, you can still find some brand new PCs with Windows 7.

BTW my main computer is a 6 year old HP running Windows XP. They're gonna have to pry XP out of my cold dead hands.

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I just bought a refurbished laptop from tiger direct . com a couple months ago. PRETTY cheap and working great.
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I hate Windows 8.
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i am using windows 7 pro right now. i'm ok with it. i don't want to spend $300. more like $100ish. up till now, i had always gotten them for free, from my brother. but he just move out of town. so that aint gonna happen. i don't need a gaming rig, just something that will handle basic internet stuff is all i need.

whats wrong with windows 8 ?
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i have been using this used desktop for years now. i think i should start looking for a new used one. is there good & trustworthy places to look for one ?
You should have caught me a couple of weeks ago. My next door neighbor passed away and her daughters let me have her desktop, monitor and printer, which got sent to my brother's place.

You can find decent deals on Off Lease systems on tigerdirect.com. Right now Toshiba is running some great sales on units, same as Lenovo.
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I hate Windows 8.
Tell me about it. I loaded Xubuntu on my Toshiba that came with Windows 8 loaded on it. My son is looking at parting way with his laptop that has Windows 8, to get a Macbook Pro for school and church work.
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i am using windows 7 pro right now. i'm ok with it. i don't want to spend $300. more like $100ish. up till now, i had always gotten them for free, from my brother. but he just move out of town. so that aint gonna happen. i don't need a gaming rig, just something that will handle basic internet stuff is all i need.

whats wrong with windows 8 ?
The Metro interface is the biggest complaint. Easy to get around using Start8 from Stardock Software, or Classic Shell. It also does not play well on older hardware.
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I hate Windows 8.
I second that. LOL Amazon has some good referbs. I bought a Dell, the one I have now there and it is great. Windows 7, 4Gigs RAM, 750Gig hard drive, 2.40Ghz

Large flat screen monitor, Dell keyboard pro, it has audio controls right on the keyboard, $225. It is fast.
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whats wrong with windows 8 ?
Microsoft wants you to think your PC is just a giant cellphone. The paradigm just doesn't work on the desktop scale.

And MS wants you to think that "the Cloud" is the answer. (But what's the question, Alex?) They want you to put your stuff and your major applications like Office up there so they charge you an annual license fee. Eff that, IMHO.
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I'll say Tiger Direct refurbs, too. And as for Win8, the question shouldn't be "what's wrong with it"... more like "what ISN'T wrong with it"!
I built this one myself, and put Win7 Ultimate on it. (only because I couldn't find my XP Pro disks)
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i am using windows 7 pro right now. i'm ok with it. i don't want to spend $300. more like $100ish. up till now, i had always gotten them for free, from my brother. but he just move out of town. so that aint gonna happen. i don't need a gaming rig, just something that will handle basic internet stuff is all i need.

whats wrong with windows 8 ?
The GUI.

Basically, your entire start menu, is the full screen. Thats just 1 thing.

Go to a store and look at one with 8 on it. Try navigating through it.
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You don't want XP . Microsoft no longer supports it and their are already several critical un-patched vulnerabilities . If you want to be hacked then by all means stick with XP. Windows 7 and 8 are both good. Windows is different and I protested at first but now that I have desktop configured the way I like its not bad. Windows 7 is just fine.

I would consider 4 GB as barely marginal for either 7 or 8 unless all you want to is browse the Internet or send email. Given my experience 6 to 8 GB would be the minimum.
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If you have a 32 bit system you will never get 4Gigs RAM only with a 64 bit system will you get full 4Gig or higher.

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