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Best refurb 'barebones' PC for ~ $60- $85 ?

slugbug 1,379 568 June 22, 2016 at 08:13 PM
My kids are spending part of the summer at Grandpa's house, where they had an old XP machine for playing games. That system crapped out on them. I was thinking of putting together lots of parts to build an XP game machine for them when I found a refurb Dell Opteron 780 with 4gb ram, 500 gb hard drive, E8400 cpu, keyboard and mouse for $65 shipped. I installed XP, installed drivers, installed games, and they were up and playing their old favorites again. I realized that with the addition of a cheap to midrange pci express video card, I could actually set up another hard drive to dual boot to Windows 10, and they could also play some more recent games and such.

That being said, grandpa's main computer upstairs is an old P4 based system that is horribly buggy, virus ridden, and the wired mouse stops working now and then. I was thinking of getting another of these, but the guy who had the Opteron 780's is of course sold out. Can any of you guys recommend what you would consider the best current refurbished PC deal? I do have a 2TB sata hard drive I can pop in, so hard drive size isn't much of an issue, but I would like it to have at least 4GB of memory, and support up to 8GB if I decide to upgrade later. PCI Express slot would also be good.

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My kids are spending part of the summer at Grandpa's house, where they had an old XP machine for playing games. That system crapped out on them. I was thinking of putting together lots of parts to build an XP game machine for them when I found a refurb Dell Opteron 780 with 4gb ram, 500 gb hard drive, E8400 cpu, keyboard and mouse for $65 shipped. I installed XP, installed drivers, installed games, and they were up and playing their old favorites again. I realized that with the addition of a cheap to midrange pci express video card, I could actually set up another hard drive to dual boot to Windows 10, and they could also play some more recent games and such.

That being said, grandpa's main computer upstairs is an old P4 based system that is horribly buggy, virus ridden, and the wired mouse stops working now and then. I was thinking of getting another of these, but the guy who had the Opteron 780's is of course sold out. Can any of you guys recommend what you would consider the best current refurbished PC deal? I do have a 2TB sata hard drive I can pop in, so hard drive size isn't much of an issue, but I would like it to have at least 4GB of memory, and support up to 8GB if I decide to upgrade later. PCI Express slot would also be good.

Thanks!
Don't use XP. DO NOT ALLOW XP TO CONNECT TO THE INTERNET!

Your budget is a little low, there are MUCH better options that will require less support if you spend a bit more:
$207 Refurb Lenovo ThinkCenter M79 A4-6300B http://outlet.lenovo.com/outlet_u...CTR1WW/445
$215 Refurb Lenovo ThinkCenter M73 G3220 http://outlet.lenovo.com/outlet_u...X02700/445
$150 Acer Revo Celeron N3050 http://www.microcenter.com/produc...p_Computer
$99 Refurb HP Chromebox Celeron N2955U
Lenovo Ideacentre 300s-11 Celeron N3050 $209.99 AC http://shop.lenovo.com/us/en/desk...:00016EB3:

Buying old refurbs (C2D etc) is NOT economical. These machines are newer, but some still have pretty weak CPU's. Compare cpu power: http://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu_list.php
of the one's I linked I think the G3220 is the most powerful. Better options in the $200-300 range. Power consumption is also significantly higher on old pc's. I'd try not to go less powerful than the G3220 personally

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Thanks for the information. Regarding XP connecting to the Internet, I don't really have a problem as long as it is just temporarily hooking up a wifi dongle to download and update antivirus to install on the system, then download and install the latest minecraft. From my experience, the problems arise when you go out to non business websites. Anyway, I removed the dongle as soon as I was finished downloading minecraft, and there is no longer an Internet connection.

I know that the prices I'm looking for are pretty low. This is partly because I've really overspent $$ in the past trying to keep my hardware up to date. It is also because I have found some fairly decent setups (4GB RAM, 500 GB HDD, E8400, keyboard and mouse) for about $65 shipped. I was just wondering if there were better ones to be had for spending up to 50% more ($100 or less), or if I had pretty much done about as good as I could expect for the $65 shipped.
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So is Grandma and Grandpa's PC for the kids or for them? If all the grandparents do is get on the web, do email, maybe some browsing go with a chromebook. Yes they cost a little more but you don't have any problems with viruses, malware, etc. I have my grandparents on one and it's great aside from printing which can be a pain even with a cloud connected printer.

As far as games for the kids I get what your doing but I think spending $80 for a core2duo machine thats 8+ years old and runs Windows XP (Should not be connected to the internet) is not a good use of money in my opinion. Can the kids take the computer they are used to with them?
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So is Grandma and Grandpa's PC for the kids or for them? If all the grandparents do is get on the web, do email, maybe some browsing go with a chromebook. Yes they cost a little more but you don't have any problems with viruses, malware, etc. I have my grandparents on one and it's great aside from printing which can be a pain even with a cloud connected printer.

As far as games for the kids I get what your doing but I think spending $80 for a core2duo machine thats 8+ years old and runs Windows XP (Should not be connected to the internet) is not a good use of money in my opinion. Can the kids take the computer they are used to with them?
I gather the PC for the kids has already been bought at this point, so what's done is done. I agree, though, that a $65 refurb PC could be a real mess -- nobody is "refurbishing" anything at that price point.

The grandparents are, I'm assuming, using their computer exclusively for internet usage, and they should definitely be on a Chromebook. Those are pretty inexpensive, and if they're using a virus-riddled P4 in 2016 then they likely aren't doing anything more than email and light web browsing. This is exactly what Chromebook is great for. I would strongly advise against buying another 7-10 year old used XP machine for them. That's going to use way more power than necessary and probably just cause more problems than it's worth. A $200 Chromebook would be vastly better.
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I was just wondering if there were better ones to be had for spending up to 50% more ($100 or less), or if I had pretty much done about as good as I could expect for the $65 shipped.
At $65 shipped you're basically at "free computer" levels. So yes, I would say you've done about as well as you can. You're basically paying to have someone ship you a computer and for their time putting it in a box. The only way to beat it is going to be a local sale -- find someone on Craigslist selling a Chromebook that they got as a gift but don't like because it's not Windows. Something like that.
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OP is smoking something really good. Wanted $65 computer to play recently games?
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OP is smoking something really good. Wanted $65 computer to play recently games?
Note that the vast, vast majority of what we play are casual or strategy turn based titles that have little or no 3D at all.

I think I may have come across a slightly better deal, at least for my purposes:
Intel Core i3-2100, 3.10 GHz, 4GB of RAM
they are asking $60 plus $24 shipped. I noticed that it is local, and that I could do local pickup to avoid shipping altogether. No HDD, but I have several of those.

I made an offer of $110 for 2, so I hope they go for it. Funny thing is, I know the guy who does the refurbs & such for the nonprofit this helps out - I used to work for him at the Lexis-Nexis Data Tape Library years ago.
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Note that the vast, vast majority of what we play are casual or strategy turn based titles that have little or no 3D at all.

I think I may have come across a slightly better deal, at least for my purposes:
Intel Core i3-2100, 3.10 GHz, 4GB of RAM
they are asking $60 plus $24 shipped. I noticed that it is local, and that I could do local pickup to avoid shipping altogether. No HDD, but I have several of those.

I made an offer of $110 for 2, so I hope they go for it. Funny thing is, I know the guy who does the refurbs & such for the nonprofit this helps out - I used to work for him at the Lexis-Nexis Data Tape Library years ago.
Can you tell me what games you and your family playing?
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Can you tell me what games you and your family playing?
Sure - Civilization III, Peggle, Strategic Command, Tread Marks, Age of Wonders: Shadow Magic, Bejeweled, Alchemy, Disciples: Sacred Lands, Plantasia, Oasis, armagetron (Tron freeware clone), Bricks of Atlantis, Cosmo Bots, Minecraft, MAME, Red Ace Squadron, Seven Seas, Sinksub Pro, Pocket Tanks, Warcraft III, Majesty, Crusader Kings, Gary Grigsby's World at War, Chocolatier, Geneforge series, Farm Frenzy series, Heroes of Might and Magic III & IV, Blokus, etc.

As I said, a lot of casual titles & older strategy games. Occasionally I find a new one at a local thrift store where they sell things by the pound. I typically pay about 75c for an older title that was on my wish list, but I never got around to trying.
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Sure - Civilization III, Peggle, Strategic Command, Tread Marks, Age of Wonders: Shadow Magic, Bejeweled, Alchemy, Disciples: Sacred Lands, Plantasia, Oasis, armagetron (Tron freeware clone), Bricks of Atlantis, Cosmo Bots, Minecraft, MAME, Red Ace Squadron, Seven Seas, Sinksub Pro, Pocket Tanks, Warcraft III, Majesty, Crusader Kings, Gary Grigsby's World at War, Chocolatier, Geneforge series, Farm Frenzy series, Heroes of Might and Magic III & IV, Blokus, etc.

As I said, a lot of casual titles & older strategy games. Occasionally I find a new one at a local thrift store where they sell things by the pound. I typically pay about 75c for an older title that was on my wish list, but I never got around to trying.
you must have trained your kids well. Besides Minecraft, Peggle, Bejeweled, Warcraft III, Farm Frenzy. I don't see kids today play those computer games.
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I recently picked up a Dell SFF Optiplex 755 (Core 2 Duo E8200, 2GB RAM, 80 GB HDD) for $30 on Craigslist to replace a dead Optiplex 740. Swapped in the 4GB RAM from the dead 740 for the 755's 2GB, wiped Vista, then installed Win 7 and upgraded to Win 10. The wife has her computer back
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