Yeah perhaps you are correct. My only reply would be that, like I mentioned, this is strictly meant to be a temporary computer. While you do have a point about the 7 year old PC, I feel like spending more than $200 on a computer I don't plan on using for an extended period of time isn't something I think I would want to do. Perhaps I am too stingy? haha
I think my main concern would be whether buying refurbished is something people have had a bad experience with (e.g. they received a defective computer and it turned into a huge hassle). In any case I appreciate your perspective on the situation, maybe I can find some middle ground in terms of specs and cost. Thank you!