This is the 6th refurbished computer that we have purchased in the last 8 years, (of which we still have 5), and the first from Overstock. Joy Systems is the actual refurbisher. There is nothing to fear about purchasing a refurbished computer if one has done their homework, and if the refurbisher has done their job properly. In fact, refurbished computers offer a great value, as long as they are not too old. These days, great prices can be found for dual core CPU equipped computers, which provide the horsepower needed to properly exploit Win7. The computer arrived on time, and very well packed. The condition of the case is excellent. This is important because this is the wife's new computer, replacing her likewise refurbished HP dc7600. Remember, though, that there is some luck of the draw with respect to the condition of the case in purchasing a refurbished computer. Even more important, the computer was exactly as described in the Overstock listing, particularly with respect to the COA, which truly is Win7 Professional 64 bit. This was essential for her, as the Microsoft Win XP emulator can only be installed in Win 7 Professional 32 or 64 bit versions. The computer is shipped with a Restore disc, as well as a new generic keyboard and a new generic mouse. I did not test these, as we use trackballs and have other preferred illuminated keyboards. Internally, the computer had obviously been cleaned, and still contained the spare HP screws needed for mounting extra drives or other peripherals. The drive was a relatively ancient 2008 1 TB, which I had planned to replace with a newer drive anyway. Just for fun, I started the computer with the original drive, and was surprised to see that I was required to enter the COA. My other refurbished computers had not required this, but the COA sticker is on top of the case, so it is no big deal. The supplemental customization of this computer proceeded without any difficulty. I had earlier ordered 16gb of new RAM, a new wireless n card, and salvaged her video card and sound card from the Win7 dc7600. This tower case has 3 PCI slots, a PCI express x1 slot, and a functionally equivalent PCI express x16 slot. Prospective purchasers of refurbished computers are advised to carefully study the model number and its variants before ordering. This is particularly important with HP computers, since all form factors have the same base number. By far, my favorite computers for customizing are HP, both for their versatility as well as ease of servicing, (unlike Dell). All in all, this is a very fine computer, and Overstock's listing was completely accurate. At the time of ordering, Overstock's price was the lowest for a refurbished HP computer of this quality and relatively recent vintage. The wife now has the best desktop in the fleet, with blazingly fast page loads thanks to the 16gb of RAM. As for me, not only do I have a happy wife, but I also inherited her old dc7600 to turn into a dual boot Win7 and XP legacy computer. That ancient 1TB drive is going into the dc7600 to store music, photos, and video in a backup capacity.
Works great, so far. First time buying a refurbished computer. Worst part was installing windows updates. Took hours! I wanted Windows 7 Pro, not Windows 8. Does everything I need a computer to do.
Except for a minor dent at the bottom rear, it's in very good condition and is very clean inside the case. The included Micro keyboard and mouse are cheap quality, so I switched to a Logitech set. Setup and activation was easy and went without a problem. It came with 2 - 2 GB DDR3 PC3-8500(DDR3-1066) modules. It came with a DVD+/-RW drive instead of a DVD/CDRW drive like my previous refurbished Dell desktops did, so I'm able to burn both CD's and DVD's in it.
I feel comfortable to buy name brand refurbished desktop computers for my office and home use as long as they come with some sort of warranty. The HP 8200 I bought this time has blemish on the chassis, but as a used unit at ~$*** for an Intel i5 with 8 Gig Ram, 1 TB HDD (mine comes with Win7 64bit), boot up and works great right away, the chassis issue can easily be forgiven. I love the many available USB ports on this model, they are all 2.0 though. Just hope the hard disk will last, for it looks pretty old, that's why I only give 4 stars.
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