Refurb (&new) Laptops/Desktops/Monitors/SSD/Tablets&Phone/with mini buying guide
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- Bauer Systems
Really nice vendor for a wide selection of refurb laptops, from $700+ Macbooks to sub $100 thinkpads. They also sometimes have cheap iphones in stock although those usually sell out soon.
They offer you the option to not having a pre-installed OS, i.e., you do not have to pay for the OS if you know how to install win7/8/10 on your own with the certificate of authenticity under the laptop battery (or the OEM windows key in bios, which can be viewed using this software). Therefore you end up paying less than if you bought from another vendor. (it is really simple, for example, windows 7 iso can all be downloaded here
then you simply use microsoft's usb tool to create your own windows 7 installation usb
and then you boot the laptop using the USB and enter the certificate of authenticity found under the laptop battery, or it might detect the bios OEM license.
They also offer you the option to swap-in brand new SSDs for very reasonable costs, they also price match (way more lenient than bestbuy, just don't abuse their kindness)
They also have been around for decades and have very good reputation, although they mainly deal with companies instead of individual customers, so you probably haven't heard of them on RFD. Some folks also try to keep it down because they want the best deals to themselves.
I made my first purchase from them when I started this thread, the total number of laptops i have bought from them is now 6.
I thought i would share my experience here so that people can also take advantage of their amazingly low and reasonable prices!
The process: You see something you like, call them (905-512-0641) and ask for either mitch or mohit, provide credit card info over the phone, they charge you and ship you the item, not your traditional online shopping experience, but the prices are simply unbeatable.
Some warnings about buying refurbs without OS, you need to do quite a bit of research to fine-tune the machine, for me, it was an enjoyable learning experience!
1, go into msconfig (windows key + R, type msconfig), under boot, under advanced options, make sure number of processors is unchecked. this is extremely important.
2, make sure you use snappy driver to install all the right drivers and use manufacture support software like dell SupportAssist (if you buy a dell) to install bios upgrades
for snappy drivers:
go to here: https://sdi-tool.org/download/
get SDI Lite, install, download index only, then download install all the driver updates
for dell supportassist, just google it.
i am sure other PC makers have their own version support softwares, such as HP: http://www8.hp.com/ca/en/campaigns/hpsupportassistant/hpsupport.html
google is your friend
3, if your computer cannot go to sleep or hibernate, make sure all the right drivers are installed. also, there is an option in bios to disable sleep for some machines, I had to turn that option off!
4, install all the windows updates and windows defender (microsoft security essentials)
5, make sure that, when everything is said and done, you run performance test and see scores that are reasonable. the reason for this is, even though you might have a machine that is fully set-up, it might not be optimized. I discovered that using the most recent driver for my GPU caused my GPU to run at 10% of its capacity yesterday, i installed the driver from nvidia directly instead of going through snappy or dell, huge mistake.
PerformanceTest 9 can be downloaded here:
6, Here are some other software that you want to install:
throttlestop, this can be used to undervolt(if the CPU supports it) and set multiplier to address any performance (force a higher multiplier) or overheating issues (force a lower multiplier).
CPUz, hardware monitor and SSD life, these can be used to ensure that you understand what's inside your laptop and if they are in good condition.
I have provided a review of my 4th laptop from them in this post, the whole buying experience is completely different from dealing with bestbuy, IBM, refurbio/dellrefurbished, it's more personal and definitely refreshing!