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DELL Optiplex 755 Desktop Computer PC Dual Core Processor, 4 GB RAM, 250 GB Hard drive, Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: If they don't specify which microprocessor is in the computer, how can you determine if this is a waste of money or not? "1.8 GHz dual-core" could be any of a half dozen Intel processors, with varying instruction sets, L2 cache, and video capabilities, all of which vary the value of the computer.

Cons: They do specify that max RAM is 4 GB. Personally, I find 4 GB of ram is insufficient for Win 7. Feels like 8 GB minimum would be decent.

Other Thoughts: Newegg would strike me as twice as good -- and I love a good refurb deal -- if they wouldn't try to sell computers without specifying what microprocessor is inside.

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HP Compaq DC7900 Desktop PC Core 2 Duo 3.0GHz 8GB 1TB HDD Windows 7 Professional 64-Bit
  • Owned For: less than 1 day

2 out of 5 eggs Not enough info to decide to buy 07/03/2014

This review is from: HP Compaq DC7900 Desktop PC Core 2 Duo 3.0GHz 8GB 1TB HDD Windows 7 Professional 64-Bit

Pros: Might be OK.

Cons: When I check wikipedia for "List of core-2-duo," I see there are two that run 3 GHz.

One (E6850) has 4 MB of L2 cache, and its highest instruction set is SSSE3.

The other (E8400) has 6 MB of L2 cache, and its highest instruction set is SSE4.1.

Cache costs a lot of money, and the more you have, the more it speeds things up. It also lets you know how much the computer is worth. But, the specifications provided here don't provide enough information to tell you which processor is in this computer.

Also, the addition of a newer instruction set is like adding gigahertz to a processor. Plus, it can add completely new capabilities to computer, such as its ability to play 1080 video. Again, a newer instruction set makes a computer a lot more valuable.

But they don't provide the information to make the purchasing decision.

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Dell Precision T1500 Intel i7 2800 MHz 250Gig HDD 8192mb DVD-RW Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit Desktop Computer
  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: We love i7 processors.

Cons: On wikipedia, I see 9 different i7 processors that run 2.8 GHz. They have different specs, capabilities, and power usage, specifications besides just their clock speed. The marketing information provided here doesn't specify which of the 9 i7s are inside this computer, which makes it hard to determine whether it's worth the money or not.

Other Thoughts: This seems to be a problem, especially with refurb Dells being sold on newegg. Rule #1 when choosing a computer -- determine the processor you want inside. Then proceed to Rules #2 through #99.

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