Money Matters: Buying a New Pc

By RAYT721 Latest Reply 2011-05-16 13:46:05 -0500
Started 2011-05-16 04:18:15 -0500

I don't know about you but after being "wired" by the internet for the past 25+ years I would be lost without my computer. If you are in the market for a new computer, just realize that anything you would buy today would most likely run circles around your current equipment, even if your PC is only a year or so old. Each release of computer specs lowers pricing on refurb and recertified models.

If you ask 10 people what kind of computer they'd recommend, you will probably get 11 answers. Personally I am an HP fan. Just realize you can get a lemon with any make or model of computer, car or anything else. But when it comes to PC buying I will often see what the reviews state on sites like or general web surfing on google or amazon or other non-biased websites.

I have recently found a website seller,, that offers daily deals and today's deal is a Dell OptiPlex GX620 with monitor for $179.00 (only $1.95 shipping). Yes, I did say with monitor!!! Yes, I did say $1.95 shipping!

It's a 2 gig RAM system with 80 gig hard drive. The price is right but I haven't really checked out the reviews. I will leave that up to you but am mentioned because it is an affiliate of auction site,, with whom I have done (successful) shopping in the past.

Just make sure when you buy a PC that it includes an operating system. Focus on the memory and the max memory. The Dell OptiPlex GX620 has only 1gig RAM built in but is expandable to 4 gig. The computer DOES include the operating system: Windows XP Professional. I think this PC is worthy of your consideration for the price; however, I am talking about a low-level system here. This is not a powerhouse PC. It should be fine for web surfing but probably not for the active gamer or memory hungry user.

All daily deal offerings are subject to prior sale.

Do the research and do the math before making any purchase. This computer only comes with a 90 day warranty. Dell is not one of my favorite brands. As I stated, I am a HP fan. I just checked out my neighbor's Dell and it was running dreadfully slow. It was no wonder … he only had 128 meg of RAM so I was able to grab a whole gig of memory for him for $20.

Money matters. It really does!!!

5 replies

Harlen 2011-05-16 13:46:05 -0500 Report

I get a new one every three years I like Toshiba Satelite with a 17" screan
A lap top works best for me I can take it with me lol and the ipad is great too
Boy has got to have his toys lol
Best wishes

edvel54 2011-05-16 13:00:52 -0500 Report

I could use a new one, but I will have this one for a while longer, it is only 8 years old and runs slow at times, but it works. It is a Gateway. I have other things more than a new computer. My daughters education is first and my meds are second. If it dies, I will use my son's.

re1ndeer 2011-05-16 06:13:46 -0500 Report

Thank you for the information. I have a few comments. This would be a great starter system. The only thing I see is if this system is expandable, then it would be a buy. But, if this system is not-expandable, then why not spend a little more money and get one that is. Because money does matter.

RAYT721 2011-05-16 06:19:03 -0500 Report

It is a 1 gig (i typed 2 gig in error above) and expandable to 4 gig as long as it's done in pairs. I am just such a geek. :)

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