Man, it is just so hard with computers these days. Does that one have decent specs? Yes. The processor, memory, hard drive all look good. The problem I have is that most off-the-shelf computers have proprietary parts that make it difficult to upgrade. If you're not a pc upgrader, this machine should be good for a few years.<br><br>
In the interest of full disclosure:<br><br>
1. I prefer to spec my own computers<br>
2. I like Apple for when number 1 (above) does not apply<br>
3. I don't run windows (except on my corporate laptop). Otherwise I'm an OSX or Linux guy.
So, it really should be fine then. The specs are actually pretty good. I think that particular one is a refurb. That may or may not be a big deal (some people care about that, others do not).<br><br>
I have owned gateway in the past and it got a good 6-7 years worth of use (though I kicked it to my MIL after 3).<br><br>
Building your own, BTW, is not necessarily cheaper. It can be way more money. I just don't like paying for Windows OS that I know I will not use. Don't get me wrong. I'm not a Microsoft hater. I just don't prefer it. That does not make it bad in my mind.
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and look through these...<br><br>
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