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Entry-level Desktop <$300

222 158 August 19, 2019 at 02:11 PM
I'm looking for a desktop for my mom who basically just uses it for email and light Internet browsing. I have a monitor and keyboard for her, so I just need a tower. I'd also be happy with a desktop kit or a motherboard/CPU/PSU/Windows bundle (I have plenty of HDDs, old cases, DD3-1600 RAM, case and CPU fans, and heat sinks).

She needs at least 5 USB ports and 1 VGA port. If there are less than 5 USB ports, that's fine as long as it's not a compact desktop and there's a PCI-e slot I can use for expansion.

I'm happy with open-box or scratch-and-dent. I've bought scratch-and-dents for years from the Lenovo Outlet, but it doesn't seem like they have much inventory anymore. And I haven't been able to find any clearance in-store, since electronics stores only carry about 3 desktops anymore (I've been checking every few weeks for at least 6 months). So I'm looking for recommendations of sites/stores to monitor for deals.

I've had no luck so far with Slickdeals deal alerts. All the posts have been for higher performance PCs than what she needs. I'm in no rush to buy, I lent her my desktop until I find a good deal. I would prefer to buy from somewhere I could return it if there's an immediate problem (without paying for shipping) and somewhere I could buy Squaretrade (or similar) for open-box/scratch-and-dent.

TIA!

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Try the Dell outlet. Should be able to get an i3 based 3670 model for around 300-350 after coupon code.

https://outlet.us.dell.com/ARBOnl...IetDn etn
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Try the Dell outlet. Should be able to get an i3 based 3670 model for around 300-350 after coupon code.

https://outlet.us.dell.com/ARBOnl...IetDn etn

That or look for an older model used on eBay.
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