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#4641071 - 01/20/18 02:50 PM Best budget desktop under $500
bubbatime Offline


Registered: 03/18/08
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Can anyone recommend a budget desktop under $500 or close that is a best buy?

No gaming, just email, web content, and YouTube videos.

My 8 year old Dell XPS is about at the end of its rope.
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#4641075 - 01/20/18 02:53 PM Re: Best budget desktop under $500 [Re: bubbatime]
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Seriously consider a refurb machine from a place like www.arrowdirect.com

They are corporate grade machines with no garbage try and buy nonsense clogging the registry.

Corporations send this stuff to a recycler ONLY because they aren't under warranty.
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#4641081 - 01/20/18 03:05 PM Re: Best budget desktop under $500 [Re: bubbatime]
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Email and web browsing wise, I'd rather use an older computer with an SSD than something new with a pathetic HDD in it.
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#4641082 - 01/20/18 03:10 PM Re: Best budget desktop under $500 [Re: bubbatime]
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I would think about a tablet instead for the purposes you stated. Then you have portability as well. Check for refurbished units from the major brands.
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#4641086 - 01/20/18 03:14 PM Re: Best budget desktop under $500 [Re: bubbatime]
mk378 Offline


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Yes there are tons of Dell and HP business grade desktops that have been leased to a business or government for about 3 years then surplussed when they are turned in.


Edited by mk378 (01/20/18 03:14 PM)

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#4641090 - 01/20/18 03:29 PM Re: Best budget desktop under $500 [Re: PimTac]
PimTac Offline


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Originally Posted By: PimTac
I would think about a tablet instead for the purposes you stated. Then you have portability as well. Check for refurbished units from the major brands.


Since I proposed this Iíll include a link. Apple iPads start at $329 brand new.

https://www.apple.com/shop/buy-ipad/ipad-9-7

Iím guessing similar or better deals can be found for same or less $.
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#4641096 - 01/20/18 03:38 PM Re: Best budget desktop under $500 [Re: bubbatime]
Warstud Offline


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The OP asked about Desktops and probably wants brand and model recommendations and a provided link.

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#4641103 - 01/20/18 03:48 PM Re: Best budget desktop under $500 [Re: bubbatime]
danez_yoda Offline


Registered: 07/18/09
Posts: 464
Loc: texas
It depends on what you are asking for. Do you want the lowest cost desktop that will do email and websurfing fast? Or a good $500 desktop recomendation?


I would go to amazon and best buy and search for all dsktops under $500. The look at the reviews.

You want at leat 4 gig memory, 8 is better.

SSD harddrive at least 250gig. 120 min. Windows will consume about 50 gig once all the updates and add ons roll in. You want plenty of breathing room.

Make sure you current monitor plugd into these units. If its DVI you may need an adapter to plug you monitor in. HDMI and Display port are standard now. Vga....sometimes.

Windows 10.

Video card is on the microprosessor nowadays so that should not be an issue.

Buy with a credit card that doubles the manufactuers warranty.


My go to brands are Dell, Compact/HP, and Asus.



Edited by danez_yoda (01/20/18 03:49 PM)

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#4641108 - 01/20/18 03:50 PM Re: Best budget desktop under $500 [Re: Warstud]
PimTac Offline


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Originally Posted By: Warstud
The OP asked about Desktops and probably wants brand and model recommendations and a provided link.



I understand that.

This must be a east coast thing. Desktops are pretty much obsolete out west but itís what the individual wants that is important.
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#4641111 - 01/20/18 03:56 PM Re: Best budget desktop under $500 [Re: bubbatime]
danez_yoda Offline


Registered: 07/18/09
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Loc: texas
What are the specs on your xps? It helps to know what you are upgrading from.

Processor
Harddrive type (hdd or ssd)
Memory amount.

It might be a simple upgrade to get it going fast again.

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#4641116 - 01/20/18 04:01 PM Re: Best budget desktop under $500 [Re: bubbatime]
JHZR2 Offline



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Loc: New Jersey
A chromebook at Costco for like $279. No reason for desktops anymore unless youre building one for gaming, IMO.

Asking for $500 means low end.

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#4641133 - 01/20/18 04:15 PM Re: Best budget desktop under $500 [Re: simple_gifts]
wha232 Offline


Registered: 04/04/10
Posts: 24
Loc: PA
I second off-lease business computers. Refurbished units from a reputable seller on ebay are less than half of what they cost new

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#4641136 - 01/20/18 04:22 PM Re: Best budget desktop under $500 [Re: bubbatime]
simple_gifts Offline


Registered: 07/26/04
Posts: 11945
Loc: Middlesex County CT
http://arrowdirect.com/hp-compaq-elite-8...6gb-8-gb-2.html

8Gb RAM SSD; well under budget. Grade A condition; that being said i have never owned an HP d-top that I have used day in an day out, so I don't know how reliable they are.

Good thing about refurb is you can search the web on the model you are buying to see if they are problem prone


I have a i7-3770 (gen3) w/ 16Gb RAM running linux; "It isn't even close" to being machine of reduced capabilities


Edited by simple_gifts (01/20/18 04:33 PM)
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#4641142 - 01/20/18 04:36 PM Re: Best budget desktop under $500 [Re: PimTac]
Warstud Offline


Registered: 09/02/05
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Originally Posted By: PimTac
Originally Posted By: Warstud
The OP asked about Desktops and probably wants brand and model recommendations and a provided link.



I understand that.

This must be a east coast thing. Desktops are pretty much obsolete out west but itís what the individual wants that is important.


Maybe he's like me....prefers the comfort of using a desktop. I sit about 3 feet away from mine and use a 19" monitor.

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#4641157 - 01/20/18 04:52 PM Re: Best budget desktop under $500 [Re: bubbatime]
javacontour Offline


Registered: 06/26/03
Posts: 10306
Loc: Illinois
I bought something comparable to this last summer, but in a larger case:

http://www.microcenter.com/product/486051/EliteDesk_800_G1_Desktop_Computer_Refurbished

I added another 16gb of RAM and copied the 500gb HD to a 512GB Samsung EVO 850 SSD I had. I moved my 3TB of spinning storage to the new machine.

It does all I need for web, e-mail and even running a virtual machine or two.

It has Win 10 Pro. I did see refurb machines out there that had Win 7 Pro, so if you don't want Win 10, there may still be options for Win 7.
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