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February 19, 2013 11:05:33 PM

I need to buy a new computer, my current one sucks very badly. I found an off lease comp http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite... for 214 usd, it has good specs. However, someone I know suggested going tohttp://dealnews.com/c48/Computers/Desktops/?h=800&o=pri... and look for a deal there. However, it seems that the off lease computer is the cheapest option. The best thing I could find atm is http://www.dell.com/us/dfh/p/inspiron-660/pd?refid=insp... which is almost 200 usd more expensive. So far I've saved up 140 usd and I'm not sure how much more I can make. So which one should I buy? I'm sort of worried that the off lease will last half a year or something.

Thanks.

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February 19, 2013 11:10:35 PM

What are you planning on using the computer for?
February 20, 2013 12:10:02 AM

robberguy189 said:
I need to buy a new computer, my current one sucks very badly. I found an off lease comp http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite... for 214 usd, it has good specs. However, someone I know suggested going tohttp://dealnews.com/c48/Computers/Desktops/?h=800&o=pri... and look for a deal there. However, it seems that the off lease computer is the cheapest option. The best thing I could find atm is http://www.dell.com/us/dfh/p/inspiron-660/pd?refid=insp... which is almost 200 usd more expensive. So far I've saved up 140 usd and I'm not sure how much more I can make. So which one should I buy? I'm sort of worried that the off lease will last half a year or something.

Thanks.


Off-lease (from a DELL standpoint anyway) simply means just that. They were leased to a company for a set amount of time, the company used (and abused them alot of times) and when the lease with DELL expired, they were re-allocated by DELL. Same concept with a leased vehicle that is being sold after being in service for so long.

Off-lease PCs are also going to typically carry an as-is warranty with them, simply meaning that if something breaks, you're responsible. When computers are taken in, they are put back to working condition (if the leaser sent them back non-working) and then sold. Usually it's a bottom-of-the-barrel type scenario.

The first link you posted for TigerDirect is indeed one of those types of computers.

The 2nd link for the DELL computer however is not unless it states as much.
The DELL Outlet is typically where older, refurbished models get sold off for a percentage of the original cost.
Don't let the term "refurbished" fool you though, when DELL takes a computer back, whether it be as a return from a customer or whatever, there are a large majority that have never been booted up the first time.

The minute it leaves the warehouse to be shipped to customer, it is no longer considered new. It has to be tagged as refurbished. The catch here is trying to figure out which ones have been repaired and which are brand new. Usually the price point will reflect this.

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Hopefully that helps!
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February 20, 2013 12:30:57 AM

Using the computer to game some. Probably team fortress 2 at most.

The tigerdirect has a 14 day warranty. Should I buy it? I don't care if it's scratched.

Dell outlet is way more expensive. If I want a cheap one I'm going to have to wait. I am told that a good deal will come on every week and sell out the same day.

Edit: How about this http://www.dfsdirectsales.com/StoreCatalog/ctl641/cp192... It says some drivers may not be included though!

Thanks all.
February 20, 2013 12:33:47 AM

You will need a dedicated GPU. None of these computers have that. In order to install one you will also need to replace the Power Supply Unit.
February 20, 2013 12:43:02 AM

To play team fortress 2 you don't need a dedicated gpu. I may not even go that high.

How likely is it that the tigerdirect desktop will break after the 14 day warranty if it's off lease?

Thanks.
February 20, 2013 12:48:14 AM

That is impossible to predict.

Without a dedicated GPU don't expect to be able to play any modern games.
February 20, 2013 6:24:11 PM

It's not a modern game, I checked the specs and it will run fine.

I still need someone to answer this question: How likely is it that the tigerdirect desktop will break after the 14 day warranty if it's off lease?
February 20, 2013 6:24:34 PM

That is impossible to know.
February 21, 2013 8:16:28 PM

Its pretty old. It's not going to play team fortress 2. Maybe at the lowest settings at a lower resolution.
February 21, 2013 8:16:35 PM

What is your budget?
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