I've never bought a computer brand new, only refurbed. And only via Best Buy thus far (never given me any reason to go elsewhere)
Our current desktop and laptop -- a 2000 series laptop, and a Pavilion...P-7 series? Been a long time since I actually looked at the series -- were
both 2012 models, refurbed and bought in 2013. Both are workhorses, the desktop has not needed anything other than upgraded RAM to keep up with the
times, and the only things in my laptop that have needed replaced are the fan and the keyboard (that was a DIY thing on my part, less than $20 worth
of parts) I maxed out the RAM as soon as I got it.
I want to say these were $400 and $300 respectively, they were at least $100-$150 less than brand new.
Prior to that, we had an eMachine desktop and an Acer laptop, both refurbished & from Best Buy, They lasted about....4 years before a lightning strike
hit a little too close to the house and fried both of them. Hence the HPs. I don't even remember what those 2 cost, but it wasn't a whole hell of a
lot compared to brand new.
I had a few others prior, but I can't remember the makes anymore other than a Dell. Which was a 2002 that I bought in 2005, and amazingly, still
works. Well, it's not useful for so much as browsing, but it does still turn on and you can still use the programs, lol.
I can only upgrade my laptop's guts so much, the RAM's already maxed. I'm going to have to replace it eventually, the GPU isn't going to be able to
keep handling programs, games & videos forever.
The desktop, on the other hand, is still running maxed games and high rez videos off just the graphics chip. We haven't even bothered with a stand
alone graphics card yet. We're looking at upgrading to one next year, and it should get us many more years of use out of it.
Suffice it to say, I want an HP Omen eventually, but damn sure am not paying full price for it, not for what Omens cost. I can buy last years model
used & at a discount just fine, it works just the same.
edit on 11/11/2018 by Nyiah because: (no reason given)
11/11/2018 by Nyiah because: (no reason given)