I never buy new cars or computers, saved 10 grand on my 2013 Dodge caravan with only 10,000 on the clock and have a 2000 Chevy 4X4 pickup with 260,000 and still going strong.
Back to computers, as above I never buy new. I look for lease returns or refurbished from NewEgg or TigerDirect. They usually come with a warranty and sometimes the OS installation CD. Just bought a laptop to play with Windows 10 on for $150.00. For what I pay I can usually buy two for the price of the same thing new and never had a bad experience.
Most problems with modern electronics show up in the first several weeks. Factory Refurbished is usually better than new as it has gone through hands on tests by a technician rather than a random end of assembly-line check out.
Yep, I like eBay for some things but have had issues with computers, mainly poor packing and getting damaged in shipping. Also helps that we have an open account with Tiger
This is the person who began the thread.
Before we drift too far away form the first post, I have a couple of questions about the issue.
I forgot about hard drives. That drives the price up I am sure but you all probably advocate getting one and the manufacturers probably all use them these says. Get the solid state - yes?
Also, is Cyber Power a company that sells refurbs and the machines have no brand names?
I am 75 1/2 and ill so I won't be building one. Mine are old and my kids will get them after I enjoy them as long as I can.
Lastly, if I don't build would you concur that HP is the way to go. No one seems to like Dell due to OEM but mine have been trouble free since I got them almost 5 years ago. Although I had to have the first desktop serviced 4 times then replaced and the new one had hard drive failure. After that initial fiasco they have been fine.
I'll be 71 in January, Have had good luck with both Dell and HP. I have recommended Dell SFF computers to several customers for use in carnival kiosks with good results. Believe me carnival operators are not easy on anything.
Think the negatives mostly come from the bloatware that comes on the computers. Isn't an issue as I usually wipe the drive and do a clean installation. One reason I really like the refurbishers that provide an OS CD.
Hi Maranna, I'm close to 70 now and over the years I've owned PC's from various manufactures including three gaming rigs that were custom built for me. I always looked down on Dell because I thought they junk. That said, when I was still working, Dells were used exclusively in our office for servers, workstations, and just regular office admin use. We rarely had problems from them; they were very durable. I currently have 3 Dell desktops and 1 laptop and have never had a problem from any of them and one is more than 5 years old and used every day. I agree with the OEM comment but I'm not looking to upgrade other than adding additional drives and possibly video cards. Dell has worked for me and FYI, you can get a returned/reconditioned unit from them with a new warranty. FYI, some corporate purchases often return units unopened simply because they bought too many. You can get good deals on then as they are sold as used/reconditioned.
I am grateful for all the replies now I have to look around. I can see it is a matter of opinion whether pcs or cars.