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Dell Precision T5500 Workstation with Dual Intel Xeon Quad Core E5530 2.40Ghz, 6GB RAM, 147G SAS 15000 RPM+1TB SATA, DVDRW, NVIDIA Quadro NVS 290 Dual DVI, Windows 7 Pro 64 Bit
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Recommended this deal to several small business owners I support and one owner took me up on it. This is a great deal with a nice bonus, the 147 GB IBM SAS drive was actually a pair of 147 GB Drive with a support for up to 4 drives. Essentially setup the boot drive to be a mirrored set with the 1 TB for storage. This thing is a tank and more powerful than most small company servers! Not a big refurb fan but with a 3 yr warranty who cares as most new computers don't have more than 1 year.

Cons: Very heavy which isn't really a con but you really need to be aware this thing ways more than 4 small desktop put together. Only negative but didn't take a star away due to the free bonus SAS for mirroring was that the main SAS drive cable had come loose in shipping and the computer wouldn't boot. Opened the case, plugged the drive in and it booted without issues but I had to rebuild it anyways once I built the mirror and had it not been for the loose cable I may not have opened it up to find the bonus SAS drive.

Other Thoughts: Get over the refurb, it has a 3 year warranty and it is a tower/desktop type system so you can always buy parts after the 3 years. It does come with a keyboard and mouse but with AST brand on them which isn't a big deal either. No software so if you try to rebuild the drive to a mirror set you will need to image off the current partition or have a DELL OEM Win 7 Pro 64 CD handy.

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UtechSmart US-D8200-GM High Precision Laser Gaming Mouse - 8200 DPI, 11 Programmable Buttons, Weight Tuning Cartridge, Omron Micro Switches for PC
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Still getting use to this thing but loving it. Tried Razer too many buttons for me and Mad Catz look cool but are expensive and worry about breaking them. This thing is solid, easy to configure, easy to use. I am running with about half the weights as it was a bit heavy compared to my previous mouse with all the weights YMMV. Also love that it comes with replacement pads since I have worn out the pads on a few mice back in the day. Warning: Like a fast car ...just because you have all that DPI doesn't mean you actually want to use it...it is just nice to know you could if you wanted too.

Cons: Takes time to get use to compared to my previous Logitech mouse.

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ASUS P8B WS LGA 1155 Intel C206 ATX Intel Xeon E3 Server/Workstation Motherboard
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Built a Small Business Server with 2011 for a customer that I take care of regularly and this was PERFECT. Been running since early Fall of 2011 without a single motherboard issue. Running Intel Xeon E3-1245 with Kingston 16 GB (4 x 4) ECC unbuffered server memory, Adaptect Raid 6805 with 5 Plextor PX-M@ Series 128 GB SATA III drives in a Raid 5 config (1 spare). Running a mirrored set on the on board Sata with 2 Seagate 2 TB Drives.
also of note: in a Corsair Carbide Case with extra fans and a Corsair CX500 power supply.
System Screams even with Microsoft Exchange and a few other apps running full time.

Cons: None as the only issue I've had was one of the Seagate drives started to fail and it was simply swapped out without an issue.

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Michael F.'s Profile

Display Name: Michael F.

Date Joined: 01/30/04

  • Reviews: 11
  • Helpfulness: 5
  • First Review: 03/01/11
  • Last Review: 12/16/14
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