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Build a Computer or Save on a Refurb?

I've been looking into building a new computer until I found a Refurbished HP system that has all the same components I was going to build for over $250 cheaper.

Should I go with the refurb?
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I don't like HP and have seen too many of their computers shit out on me and friends. Depending on your application and what type of warranty is on the refurb it might make sense for you to save the coin. Specs? Warranty info?
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I don't like HP and have seen too many of their computers shit out on me and friends. Depending on your application and what type of warranty is on the refurb it might make sense for you to save the coin. Specs? Warranty info?
Warranty is only 90 days, which sucks.

The computer I have now is an HP that I've had since 2004.

The main reason I was wanting to build a computer was for ease of upgrading over time and lack of "Junkware" that a built computer comes with and takes a couple hours to remove.

It's a refurb of a current computer they sell . . . HPE-210F
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I hate HP so thats a no brainer for me but the thing I like about building one is the ability to use name brand parts. $250 is quite a bit though. How much is the whole thing? $250 on a $750 computer then go with the HP, $250 on a $2500 computer then custom built.
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I've got an HP rig, but I only bought it because I get an employee discount. That said, look into refurbs from other builders..

IMO, building your own box is only worth it if you are building a high performance system. Lower end systems are cheaper due to mass production. I'd make recommendations but you didn't give an actual price range..

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Ok, I could build for $856

New HP $879.99 (on sale right now for $829.99)

Refurb $619.00

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I'd like to do some AutoCAD work at home some time if I need to. At work we have a "subscription" with Autodesk that allows an additional "home license" of the program.

But most of it will probably be used for High Definition video/Blu-Ray. I'm not much of a computer gamer.

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If you're not a gamer, go refurb.
(Although I'd look at something other than HP.)

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