by rgfitz - 1/14/12 9:20 AM
I am an experienced eBay user and when I decided to upgrade my old Dell E510 I found Dell Financial Services, an ebay seller, listing an array of refurbished computers. If you look at any of their listings you will see that they state their items are 1-3 years old. Anyway, I bought a Dell Precision T3400 workstation for $285 with $10 shipping. After checking completed listings for this computer I found I had paid a little above the average selling price. When it arrived the DVD ROM drive didn't work so they refunded $40 of my purchase price...fast. I just stuck in a spare DVD R/W drive I had.
This computer has an Intel Core 2 Duo CPU running at 3 GHZ, 8 GB of RAM and a dual Nvidia graphics card. It looks almost new and runs an old copy of Vista Home Premium I got several years ago.
These computers come packed in Dell boxes just like a new computer. I was so impressed I bought my wife a Latitude 531 for $166 with free shipping, and a Dell 19 inch high resolution monitor, that matches my old one, for $78.
I would never consider upgrading an old computer again.