Best refurb 'barebones' PC for ~ $60- $85 ?
June 22, 2016 at
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.