The question is what are you?
If you are a good sized corporation a proprietory system like Hp, Gateway, or Dell might be the way to go. They charge corporations "UP THE GILLS" for anything. If you don't have that kind of budget then it's not for you. In case you haven't noticed your company's computer works quite well, not the same can be said of your perssonel computer at home. Corporations have "Business class" operating systems(Windows XP Corporatin Version etc.). You can not buy these things in your local computer store.
You most likely don't even know how to begin to purchase such items.
My position on these things is very simple. When you see a computer all you see is an enclosure that contains some rudimentary items. If the rudimentary items inside is of a high caliber.. Name Brand motherboard, memory, video card, etc, etc, you will have a trouble free system to a degree. You don't have corporation class support that seems to lock you into "Purchasing Only from them" All of todays computers are susceptable to the non standardization of software, drivers, hardware and their inability to interact with each other correctly, compounded by spam attacks, virus attacks, Data Mining of your personnel information, all of which degrades your system performance and sometimes making it "just plain crash". No one has achieved making a computer system "regular people freindly" If you're not a computer WIZ, spending hour after hour learning about the incompatablities, your GOING to Have Personnel Computer Problems.
What you need to concern yourself with is.. Is the computer able to handle what you need it to do. No one needs a computer that's capable of 3 billion calculations a second just to do word processing. If you purchase an operating system that has "BLOAT" (overhead) it needs that kind of processing power just to read the disk even when you just want to start a program. The sales people at the computer stores I've experienced are some sort of kids looking for their paycheck at the end of the week and don't know a damn thing about computers much less how to advise anyone else. The outside case of a computer is meaningless, the quality inside is everything. I have purchased good cheap computers on eBay BUT you have to know how to make it operate correctly with what "YOU" install on it. So to answer your question, if the the refurbished or recertified computer is not too much of yesterdays model, then it probably will work for you.
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