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Windows 7 Computer under $500

Updated on July 3, 2014

Windows 7 Computer under $500 - Buying Basics - How to Choose A computer

I found myself going shopping for a Windows 7 Computer under $500 and wanted to share the results of my searching. There isn't anything worse than finding yourself looking at your computer that is crashed. This can be a nightmare. I needed to find a windows 7 computer for under $500 and I am sharing best options I found here. Buying a computer is an investment and I wanted to have a few key ideas in mind when before I bought one. This page talks about three of the most important things I learned to look for when when evaluating computers.

Updated: I have had the featured computer. See The Computer I Bought for over two years and it is still an amazing investment! I am most amazed by the storage space and I don't think I will ever select anything less than 1TB ever again.

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How Much Memory Do I Need?

Windows 7 Computer Memory Guide -- How much memory do I need?

There are a few things to search for when you are buying a computer. One: The memory: this is the amount of memory you will have while you are using the computer. Most functions you want to do on a computer use less than 2GB of memory. But if you want to play games these will need more. Check each game for details.

How Much Storage Space Do I NEED?

Windows 7 Computer Storage Space Guide -- how much storage space do I need?

Next: Storage space. This is the Hard Drive Size basically. If you plan to store all of your files on your computer than you want to have 500GB or higher of Hard Drive Storage. However, if you want to use an external hard drive for your files then you can opt for the Hard Drive size of 300GB.

If you are using a limited number of programs (say you do most of what you want online) then you may be able to get by with the 80GB Hard Drive models. This means you will not install many games, photos, programs, etc on your hard drive EVER.

The computer I found has 1TB of storage space (see later for details). At first this seemed unnecessary. Who would ever use that much space? But over time it becomes more and more apparent that the files and updates as well as HD video and graphics can take up a lot of space. When your space is limited this could start slowing down your computer.

What Comes With This Computer?

Windows 7 Computer Guide -- What comes with this computer?

The third thing to look for is what comes with the computer.

Do you get a keyboard, speakers, monitor, etc. In the case of a laptop these are built in, but, a desktop might be sold with none of these accessories or only one or two of them. READ carefully and don't hesitate to ask the seller to clarify what is in the box.

The Computer I Bought - I have used this for two years now and am still thrilled with it.

One of the best things about this computer is the storage capacity. A TB is a lot of space!

What didn't come with it?

No wi-fi card. I have an external wi-fi adapter *USB which allows me to access wi-fi. Otherwise you can access the internet using the included hardwire.

No External Speakers. The internal speakers are ok, and it is easy to use the USB headset for more quality sound. I also have a set of speakers from the old computer I'm using as well.

No Monitor. I was lucky to already have a good monitor (the old one had crashed about six months before the old computer died). The old monitor is a Samsung and still works amazingly as well.

eMachines EL1852G-52W Pentium Dual-Core 3.2GHz 3GB 1TB DVDRW Win7 (Black)
eMachines EL1852G-52W Pentium Dual-Core 3.2GHz 3GB 1TB DVDRW Win7 (Black)

the capacity to store all of my media (movies, audio, files, graphics, etc.) is one of the most treasured features of this computer.

I even have my old computer files stored here. So I can refer back to work I did several years ago if the need arises. If I had it saved on my old computers (laptop and desktop) I can find it.

 

The computer I bought was about $300 and still two years + later is working amazingly.

I also saved by changing from a pay by the year virus program to the Microsoft Security Essentials (free and effective for Windows 7).

Another cost savings I discovered is using as many of the free apps available from Microsoft.

Did you find a great computer for under $500?

Guestbook - Have you purchased these Windows 7 Computer under $500?

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    cleanyoucar 

    6 years ago

    I haven't, I always prioritize processing power over price since I work with graphics and stuff most of the time and I have several windows open, a less power computer would bog down. But great stuff.

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    Joan4 

    6 years ago

    I would defiitely get an external hard drive. No matter what kind of computer you have. I have not purchased a new computer in many years, but these look great!

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    anonymous 

    6 years ago

    There are some great prices here!!! I have a Windows Vista that I've had for around 4 years, so can't give you any advice...sorry!

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    Patricia 

    6 years ago

    I just did one on the best laptop in the affordable range which to me is the HP dv6 series. I did alot of research to come to that conclusion, but that is in the $500 to $700 range. I like HP for desktops too.

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