Which of the following low-cost desktops would you buy?

August 2, 2014 at 15:02:37
Specs: Windows Vista
Hello,

I am wondering which of the following computers would be best to buy?
I am not a gamer. Using pc to access internet and other basic tasks. No video editing.
Want to spend $500 or less. The cheaper the pc is the better. Would like pc to hopefully last 5 years or more.

http://www.officedepot.com/a/produc...

http://www.officedepot.com/a/produc...

http://www.staples.com/HP-Pavilion-...

http://www.staples.com/Dell-Inspiro...

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Dell-Insp...

Do I need to be concerned with buying a computer with Windows 7 instead of Windows 8? Most people decided to upgrade their pcs if they had Windows XP. Don't want to get a pc with Windows 7 and need to upgrade in a year or 2 if support for Windows 7 stops.

I am open to other suggestions for pcs as well.

Thanks for your time and help.

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#1
August 2, 2014 at 16:23:49
All appear decent for your needs. I would avoid the one with the 2GHz CPU (AMD) as being slow. Windows 7 vs Windows 8 is a preference. I prefer Windows 7 but I work with Windows 8.1 and have no real issues with it. You will probably have some time getting used to it (like most of us)a and if there is a major update to it, you will get it automatically. Windows 7 will still get security updates for a number of years yet, but that is all. Another thing to consider is that any manufactured system with Windows 7 on it is really probably 2 years old by now and if Windows 9 has all of Windows 8 plus some more of the traditional desktop feel from Windows 7, it will be an easier upgrade from a Windows 8 machine if it is anything like what they have done in the past. I prefer 8GB of memory for multitasking, but 4GB or more should be fine for you for general uses.

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#2
August 3, 2014 at 12:17:19
Should I consider this one?

http://computers.woot.com/offers/hp...

Condition Factory Reconditioned does that mean it is just as good as a new pc or is a new pc better?

Thanks

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#3
August 3, 2014 at 20:26:33
Reconditioned is sometimes a good buy. This time, I am not sure due to 90 Day warranty (which is not bad for refurb) since a new one will have a 1 year warranty.

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#4
August 10, 2014 at 12:52:03
If you use exclusively for multimedia and not games i would go with intel because of lower power consumtion and more silence. I personally think the last one would be best being cheaper and if you neceserily need later can add a video card or more ram and has windows 8.1 the latest OS. The problem is that i think anyone can agree that in a desktop environment win 8 is worse that 7 but you can get used to it. I use it for over a month and hate it o ill switch back to 7 which is still supported by microsoft unlike xp which has no longer support and that's the reason most people have to switch to newer OS. With the AMD solutions you can actually get a tiny bit of gaming becasue APU are superior to intel integrated graphics which works nicely with the quadcore. So it all comes down to you.

The first Lenovo® H535 is nice and it can do a tiny bit of gaming for visiting kids or whatever and the price is acceptable. The second HP Pavilion 500-c60 is plane stupid for that price 2gb of ram is not worth the extra price especially with that cpu,this system is money thrown out the window. The third HP Pavilion 500-281 is plane expansive and nonexpandable which is awful. The forth Dell Inspiron I660-3049BK is expansive but it has everithing you might need except for gaming no hardware upgrades needed for media. The last Dell Inspiron 3000 i beleive is the best choice for media ad it's cheap nice latest OS.
So in comparison the first is better for a bit of games but it lacks usb 3.0 and the last is almost no gaming at all but for media is perfect. Now when i say gaming i mean some demanding titles not the browser games like you would find on facebook or wahtever social media and etc. I hope i helped.


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