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1 Review
  • Mini-tower design, Intel Pentium J2900 Quad-Core 2.41GHz processor, Burst Frequency: 2.66 GHz, L2 Cache: 2 MB
  • 4 GB DDR3 memory, 1 TB Serial ATA hard drive, DVD RW SATA drive
  • Intel HD Graphics, Integrated HD Audio, 10/100 Ethernet LAN, Wireless LAN 802.11b/g/n
  • Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64-bit pre-installed
  • 21.5" HP 22uh Monitor
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1 Review
  • Number of Processors Supported: 1
  • Number of Processors Installed: 1
  • Processor Manufacturer: Intel
  • Processor Type: Core i3
  • Processor Generation: 7th Gen
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  • Ryzen 3 1200 (3.10 GHz)
  • 8 GB DDR4
  • 1 TB HDD
  • Windows 10 Home 64-Bit
  • NVIDIA GeForce GT 730 2 GB
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48 Reviews
  • 7th Generation Intel Core i5-7400 Processor (Up to 3.5GHz)
  • 8GB DDR4 2400MHz Memory
  • 2TB 7200RPM SATA3 Hard Drive
  • Intel HD Graphics 630
  • Windows 10 Home
  • Processor Core : Quad-core (4 Core)
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  • Processor: Intel Core i5-7400 3.0 GHz
  • Memory: 8 GB DDR4 2400, Storage: 256 GB SSD
  • Operating System: Windows 10 Home 64-Bit
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  • FX-6000 Series FX-6300 (3.50 GHz)
  • 8 GB DDR3
  • 1 TB HDD
  • Windows 10 Home 64-Bit
  • NVIDIA GeForce GT 710 1 GB
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  • Brand Acer, Series Aspire, Model DT.B89AA.035
  • Type Gaming & Entertainment, Usage Consumer, Processor Intel Core i5-7400 3.0 GHz, Processor Main Features 64 bit Quad-Core Processor, Cache Per Processor 6 MB L3 Cache, Memory 8 GB DDR4 2400, Storage 256 GB SSD, Optical Drive 8X DVD-Writer Double-Layer Drive (DVD-RW), Graphics AMD Radeon R9 360 2 GB GDDR5, Power Supply 300W, Operating System Windows 10 Home 64-Bit,
  • CPU Type Intel Core i5 7th Gen, CPU Speed 7400 (3.00 GHz), L3 Cache Per CPU 6 MB, CPU Main Features 64 bit Quad-Core Processor, GPU/VGA Type AMD Radeon R9 360, Video Memory 2 GB GDDR5,
  • Memory Capacity 8 GB DDR4, Memory Speed DDR4 2400, Memory Spec 8 GB x 1, Memory Slot (Total) 2, Memory Slot (Available) 1, Maximum Memory Supported 32 GB, SSD 256 GB,
  • Optical Drive Type DVD±RW, Optical Drive Spec 8X DVD-Writer Double-Layer Drive (DVD-RW), Audio Features High-Def Audio with 5.1-Channel Surround Sound Support, LAN Speed 10/100/1000Mbps, WLAN 802.11ac Wireless LAN, Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.0,
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4 Reviews
  • Intel Core i5-7500 (QC/6MB/4T/3.4GHz/65W); supports Windows 10/Linux
  • 8GB (1x8GB) 2400MHz DDR4 Memory
  • 3.5 inch 500GB 7200rpm Hard Disk Drive
  • Intel Integrated Graphics
  • Windows 10 Pro 64bit English, French, Spanish
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5 Reviews
  • 7th Generation Intel Core i7-7700 Processor (Up to 4.2GHz)
  • 8GB DDR4 2400MHz Memory
  • 1TB 7200RPM SATA3 Hard Drive
  • Intel HD Graphics 630
  • Windows 10 Home
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  • Intel 7th Gen Processors make this the fastest OptiPlex yet
  • DDR4 is the fastest and most efficient memory available so you can work without lags or crashes
  • DVD-Writer DVDR/RW
  • Windows 10 Pro
  • Intel HD 630 Graphics
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  • Intel Core i5-7400 (6MB Intel Smart Cache, 3.0GHz, up to 3.5GHz)
  • 8 GB DDR4, up to 64GB DDR4
  • 2TB 7200RPM HDD
  • Windows 10 Home (64-bit)
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9 Reviews
  • AMD Ryzen 5 1400 Quad-Core Processor (Up to 3.4GHZ)
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Graphics with 2GB of GDDR5 Video Memory
  • 8GB DDR4 2400MHz Memory
  • 1TB 7200RPM SATA3 Hard Drive
  • Windows 10 Home
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  • Intel Corei5-7500 (Quad Core/6MB/4T/3.4GHz/65W); supports Windows 10/Linux
  • 8GB (2x4GB) 2400MHz DDR4 Memory
  • M.2 128GB SATA Class 20 SSD
  • Intel Integrated Graphics
  • Windows 10 Pro 64bit English, French, Spanish
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  • Ryzen 5 1400 (3.20 GHz)
  • 8 GB DDR4
  • 1 TB HDD 256 GB SSD
  • Windows 10 Home 64-Bit
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4 GB GDDR5
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  • XPS Tower (XPS 8920)
  • Black, XPS 8920 Chassis
  • 7th Generation Intel Core i7-7700 Processor (8M Cache, up to 4.2 GHz)
  • 16GB 2400MHz DDR4 up to [64GB], (Additional memory sold separately)
  • 1 TB 7200 RPM [SATA] (HDD)
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Desktop Computers For Sale! We're known for cheap computers and we've been offering them for years & years. Shop our New & Refurbished desktop PCs and see our huge selection of systems that run a variety of operating systems (versions of Windows). We carry an array of multi-core backed systems - including AMD or Intel-based Dual Core & Quad Core PCs. Our refurbished desktops range from budget builds to office computers & gaming systems. Be sure to browse our selection of pre-built PC's to find your next new computer at an affordable price.

FAQ & Section Info

What desk top computer should I buy?

As with everything concerning computers, the main factor for determining which PC system you should buy is its intended usage. Computers meant for the office will need a moderate amount of hard drive space, at least 2GB of RAM, and a snappy Intel Core i3 processor or better. Computers destined for home usage will need larger hard drives, more RAM, and faster processors to be able to handle the multimedia data commonly encountered at home. The type of operating system installed will also make a difference in the computer you choose, as Windows 7 is optimized for office work, complete with streamlined functionality and security settings, while Windows 8 and 10 are more user-friendly and customizable, to allow more familiarity for a wide range of users. If you want something a little more customized, but don't want spend a lot of time searching for parts, check out our barebones PC's, or our NO OS section, which are computers that do not have operating systems installed.

What is a refurbished computer?

Refurbished PC systems have been brought back to factory specs to work like new. There might be some scuffs, dents or other cosmetic marks on the outer casing, but the system will be in good working order. These systems are refurbished by certified repair centers, so they are held to a very high standard of quality. We have several different refurbished systems which are great for setting up workstations in an office, or would make a great low-cost PC for a student.

What is a used desktop computer?

Used desktops can sometimes be off-lease systems that were bought back from major institutions such as universities, large companies, or government agencies. These systems are similar to refurbished systems in that they are all checked and verified against any issues, defects, or software problems unless otherwise noted. The major different between a used and refurbished computer is who does the checking & repairing. While refurbished systems are sent back to the manufacturer or an authorized refurbisher and can carry longer warranties, a used system may simply have gone through a multi-point inspection or validation check along with a wipe of the operating system. In many cases you won't experience much of a difference buying a used vs. buying a refurbished PC, it simply comes down to personal preference.

What types of computers does OutletPC sell?

We focus mainly on low-cost / budget solutions that are new or refurbished. You'll find the lowest priced computers typically come with a dual-core processor and the more powerful ones are quad-core desktops (or higher). You can usually get a great office or basic level gaming PC for under $500 and we try to get as many options in this range as possible. Many of our desktop computers are custom-built which may or may not come with an operating system (Windows). These desktops are ideal for users looking to reuse an old OS or who want to give Linux a try. If you're in the market for a really cheap computer try our refurbished options that are put on sale and priced to move. These computers are certified by authorized refurbishers to be functional and are a great way to get a basic PC that will get you up and running.

How Much Computer do I Need?

This question really depends on what you will be using the system for. The idea is to identify how much money you need to spend in order to get a computer that will meet your needs, and not a hair more. Sure, grandma could spend $1500 on a Skylake desktop, but it's odds on that she's spending more time sharing recipes on Pinterest than she is trying to maximize FPS on "League of Legends", so a lot of her investment would be going to waste. I find that most users fall into one of four categories and price ranges:

The Internet / Check-Your-Emailer ($200 - $450)


Anything dual-core or better


4GB - 8GB


Not important / Integrated


Windows 7 / 8.1 / 10

This computer can:

Check email, surf the web, run basic office applications (Word/Excel), play very basic games - especially older games.

This computer can't:

Play or edit HD video, run Photoshop or other large file programs, perform well in games more complex then solitaire, promise to never let you down

This is the bottom rung of computer requirements, ideal for those users who don't really need anything more than a keyboard, mouse and an internet connection. A lot of computers in this range are refurbished which is nothing to be afraid of.

One thing you should be mindful of when deciding how much computer you need is the operating system (OS). This is be especially true for a refurbished system. While Windows XP was great in it's time and still remains a terrific operating system in many ways, it's no longer supported by Microsoft and its definitely beginning to feel its age. Under XP there are programs that won't run, hardware with no drivers, and so forth.

The Check-your-Emailer tier is one where the users "just want their computer to work" without any fuss or cajoling. Windows 7/8.1/10 is (usually) very good at that. This is also a great computer for a home server used for file serving, network storage, and so forth.

Home-Movies, Facebook, Casual Gaming ($400 - $600)


Higher end dual-core / Low-end Quad Cores


8GB - 16GB


Still not very important


Windows 7/8.1/10

This computer can:

Do everything a cheaper computer can do, playback HD video, splice together videos for Youtube and such, perform well in basic games (and at least run advanced games), mostly run Photoshop, last you a pretty long time

This computer can't:

Edit videos, perform well in modern games.

Most users fall into this tier but don't really realize it. The current reality of computing power is that virtually any processor designed in the last two years can easily handle a good 90% of the activities we undertake on our computers, so, as long as it's modern, you don't really need to spare too much for processor choice in this tier. I listed 8-16GB of RAM above, which is a pretty big gap. This is because, as with a low-end processor, 90% of what you do on your PC can be easily handled by 8GB of RAM, while 16GB of RAM will handle closer to 99% of your activities. So, since RAM is so cheap and you'll get occasional performance gains, the extra expense is usually worth it.

What PCs in this tier lack compared to their more expensive siblings is a capacity for graphics. This puts anything more than casual, take-what-you-get gaming out of reach without a potentially expensive graphics card addition.

Most Gaming, Graphic Design, DVD-Ripping ($600 - $1000)


Mid to High End Quad-Core or Greater (Intel i5/i7)




A discrete card that costs $125 or more


Windows 7/8.1/10

This computer can:

Do everything a cheaper computer can do, run modern games with decent frames per second, edit video & 3D animations (albeit slowly), run Photoshop like a beast

This computer can't:

Edit videos or do anything 3D at a professional level, squeeze out all the awesome today's games have to offer.

So this is where the computers start getting cool! Desktops in this range can do almost anything, which I think is cool because really, this range isn't too much to pay for a computer. The thing to watch for here is an appropriate ratio between graphics and processing power, which will be determined by its intended use.

If you're looking to game in this price-range, you can squeeze out a little-bit more value by scaling back spending on your CPU and putting more into the graphics card, which is more often the limiting factor in game performance than is the CPU. If gaming isn't your thing, you'll probably benefit from doing the opposite, as many high-level processes, like rendering video for instance, are almost entirely CPU limited. Don't cut the graphics all-together though, you'll still want the discrete card to take on some of the CPU load when it can.

Professional Workstations, Enthusiast Gaming ($1000+)


Quad-Core or Greater (Intel i7 / Xeon)


32GB or more


A discrete card that costs $200 or more


Windows 7/8.1/10

This computer can:

Do everything a cheaper computer can do, perform very well in any game for the next 3-or-so-years, be used for professional level video editing and design work.

This computer can't:

Defeat Chuck Norris in hand-to-hand combat

Unless you want to get REALLY expensive here, it's important to have a really clear idea of what niche you're looking to fill with this computer. For $1000+ you can build or buy a computer that will be really amazing at one thing, and only pretty good at everything else. Of course, you can spend more to make it really amazing at everything, but we're talking about needs here, not wants.

My advice at this level is not to make your processor the most expensive part of your system, or at least, purchase another component that costs as much. This is because today's processors are SO fast and SO capable, that there is really no way you'll stress them out except in really specific applications (like video editing, NOT like gaming). So, rather than spending on the most expensive processor, your money will be better allocated toward something that makes your system especially good a something. Whether you drop extra cash on a huge or multiple solid state drives for amazing load times, or a terrific graphics card for terrific gaming, or you spend big on a nicer case and cooling system for silence.

A Word on Hard Drives:

You may have noticed that I didn't make any hard drive recommendations on any of the price tiers up above. Hard drive usage can really vary at any tier of computer. For example, you may only want an SSD if everything you do is in the cloud anyway. That would mean very quick access times, but not much room to store anything. Most people these days in the higher tiers will buy an SSD and a storage drive that fits their needs.

So, moral of the story, no matter what tier of computer fits your needs, your hard drive needs should be evaluated separately.

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