Maybe put in the title that this is for REFURBISHED units. Not new ones.
$429 for a refurbished 3rd gen i5 unit with win 8 is ridiculous. It's simply marked up so they can give a big discount and make it seem like a deal. A price of $169 is right about where it should be. No real deal.
UkeDoggie said: All showing 32-bit OS only..? Har, be sure to upgrade the RAM to 16GB! Lucky I downloaded a Windows 7 universal installer disc before Microsoft took it off the web! I can install any version of Windows 7 using a legit product key. And the same product key works for both 32 bit and 64 bit operating systems. Would be very easy to do on a new system, too.
Milod said: can these Optiplex systems be upgraded to a 64 bit OS so that more ram can be installed? or would that require a different mainboard? I'm pretty sure any i5 cpu will support a 64 bit OS, right? Yes, of course. There is no HW limitation.
However, once you pay $100 for a new OS, your total price is upwards of $250 for an old system. Add 4 GB of Ram, and you're at $300. Just not worth it, when you can get a newer Win 10 system for less.
These Optiplexes (actually their product keys) are still eligible for free Windows 10 upgrade. All you need is to download (or buy on eBay ) Windows 10 Media and do a clean install. You can chose either 32 or 64-bit version. You will still have an option to return to Windows 7 if you did not delete the recovery partition. Just create a Windows 7 repair disk before installing Windows 10. I did it for my friends several times after Microsoft ended their free upgrade offer.
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