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Is This A Good Deal? Refurb'd Computer

Bernnie Federko

TRIBE Member
HP 1240NREF Intel Pentium 4 630 3.0GHz Media Center Computer
- Refurbished - Online Only
Enjoy the ultimate entertainment centre with HP 1240NREF Media Center Computer. You can add on one of the industry standard TV tuner card and turn your PC into a PVR (Personal Video Recorder). Featuring Intel Pentium 4 630 processor, 1GB memory, 200GB SATA hard drive, Dual Layer 16X DVD+/-RW and DVD-ROM with LightScribe and integrated graphics. *Refurbished.

Product Features

* Intel Pentium 4 630 With Hyperthreading Processor & 3.0GHz Processor Speed
* 200GB SATA Hard Drive (7200RPM)
* 1GB PC2-3200 DDR2 SDRAM memory for multitasking power, expandable up to 4GB.
* Dual Layer 16X DVD+/-RW With LightScribe & DVD-ROM Drive
* Integrated Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 900 with up to 128MB shared video memory.
* Intel High Definition Audio, 7.1 Surround Sound Capabilities
* HP Multimedia Keyboard & Optical Mouse
* I/O Ports: 7 x USB 2.0 (3 Front, 4 Back), 2 x Firewire IEEE 1394 (1 Front, 1 Back), 9-In-1 Memory Card Reader
* MS Windows Media Center Edition 2005 operating system preinstalled; software package includes Microsoft Works 8, Microsoft Money, Quicken 2005, Adobe Reader 6.0, Apple iTunes For Windows, Sonic DigitalMedia Plus, InterVideo WinDVD 5 Player

On Sale: $599.99
 
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Sinister Shadow

TRIBE Member
$227 for the cpu
$89 for the hard drive
$89 for the ram
$45 for the DVD burner
$120 for the mother board
$20 for the keyboard/mouse

Brand new you could build it yourself for around the same price.

Of course, that doesn't come with software. I assume the media center edition is cheaper... maybe $150? The rest of that software set is either free, or not worth mentioning.

If you're not a build it yourself kind of person, then yeah... it's an ok deal. Nothing crazy good about it though.
 

TrIbAlNuT

TRIBE Member
If you want to have good graphics your gonna need a new card, and if its intergrated you can't. Does the motherboard have PCI-E or AGP ports?
 

blueshrike

TRIBE Member
CHeck the warranty out. It might come with only a 30 or 90 day warranty.

A friend purchased a refurb'ed HP and got screwed when the motherboard burned out after 4 months. To make matters worse, that motherboard is no longer in production so it can't be easily bought and she get a weird system recovery disk (e.g. modified OEM version of win XP) that wouldn't allow her to reinstall the OS on a different MB. So basically she had a choice of either dropping $200+ on the machine if she did the work herself or scrapping it.

Since it was past warranty, HP offered to charge her $500, not including shipping, to repair it for her. What a good deal since she bought it for $500 in the first place.

Based on her experience, I would avoid refurbished HP products.
 
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Kalemic

TRIBE Promoter
Sinister Shadow said:
$227 for the cpu
$89 for the hard drive
$89 for the ram
$45 for the DVD burner
$120 for the mother board
$20 for the keyboard/mouse

Brand new you could build it yourself for around the same price.

Of course, that doesn't come with software. I assume the media center edition is cheaper... maybe $150? The rest of that software set is either free, or not worth mentioning.

If you're not a build it yourself kind of person, then yeah... it's an ok deal. Nothing crazy good about it though.

There would also be the cost of the tower and power supply too.
 

Stan

TRIBE Member
You don't need a tower. Just get a cardboard box and a desktop fan and you're good to go.
 
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