Need some opinions/help on Refurbished HP's

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Hey all.. first just wanna' say I'm new here & hope I'm posting this in the right section.

I'm in need of a new pc, but I can't afford anything new so I've been looking at some refurbished desktops. I've narrowed it down between 2 HP's and wanted to get some opinions from anyone who knows more about computers than I do, I'd really appreciate it!

Here are the links to both..I know these are older computers, but they're within my budget and I'm sure they're way better than the dinosaur I'm using now which can barely run FB games & all I really do online is browse the internet, check email & play a few flash games, so I don't need anything really powerful anyways.

https://www.overstock.com/Electronics/HP-Elitedesk-800-G1-SFF-Refurbished-PC-Intel-Core-i5-4570-4th-Gen-3.2-GHz-8GB-500GB-HDD-Windows-10-Pro-64-Bit-Wifi/27549422/product.html
https://www.overstock.com/Electronics/HP-Compaq-8300-Elite-SFF-Refurbished-PC-Intel-Core-i5-3470-3rd-Gen-3.2-GHz-8GB-500GB-DVD-RW-Windows-10-Pro-64-Bit-Wifi/25682047/product.html?TID=Cart:Link:ProductLink:CartItems

BTW..I'm limited to what I can find on Overstock since that's the only place I have credit right now..I'm pretty broke
Thanks in advance for any help!
 

Ralston18

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Fine print:

While we aim to supply accurate product information, it is sourced by manufacturers, suppliers and marketplace sellers, and has not been provided by Overstock."

No posted reviews for either product....

And think about what "These computers are corporate-returned used equipment, initially destined to become scrap or fill a landfill." could mean or encompass....

Go online and look for original product reviews with respect to HP. Find out / learn what was said when they first hit the market and then what people said afterwards.
 

tennis2

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You have "credit" at overstock? They don't refund your money for returns? They keep it as in-store credit? Jeez, I haven't used overstock, but if that's the case, I never will.

Refurb PCs with specs like that are common. They typically range from $160-$190 depending on sales. As Ralston said, the tricky/important part is selecting a trustworthy reseller (somewhat easy based on seller reviews). And yes, they're generally corporate phase-outs, but that doesn't necessarily mean they're useless.
 
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AllanGH

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Geeze! I have 3 systems very similar to those in the garage, right now.

They are't great, which is why they are gathering dust in the garage, but they aren't complete disasters, either.

Contemporary games are a definite non-starter, as I'm sure you already know.

They will be fine for YouTube, the odd flash game or two, email and casual browsing.

IIRC, they were just enough machine to run XP; but don't even imagine that you'll be able to install and use W7 on them....definitely not enough memory, and I believe that they are all 32-bit processors.....no more than 4GB of memory total capacity, and I'm fairly certain that the machines I have are only at 2GB right now.

They would be good for a lightweight Linux distro installation, though.

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g-unit1111

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You have "credit" at overstock? They don't refund your money for returns? They keep it as in-store credit? Jeez, I haven't used overstock, but if that's the case, I never will.

Refurb PCs with specs like that are common. They typically range from $160-$190 depending on sales. As Ralston said, the tricky/important part is selecting a trustworthy reseller (somewhat easy based on seller reviews). And yes, they're generally corporate phase-outs, but that doesn't necessarily mean they're useless.
Well they could be useless since they are several generations and probably years old which means that the age of the power supplies of these units are to be called into question. I mean for the ~$200 range you could get an NUC or an Intel Compute Stick or something of that nature. Maybe even a Chromebook.

- https://www.newegg.com/p/N82E16883800011?Description=compute stick&cm_re=compute_stick-_-9SIAD247WZ8662-_-Product

- https://www.newegg.com/p/N82E16856102069?Description=intel nuc&cm_re=intel_nuc-_-9SIAF1D9533243-_-Product
 

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