I've been struggling with my old computer for quite a while. It still worked fairly well, but was very loud, and most importantly of all, it used Windows Vista. Because of that, I no longer qualified for some of my online money making sites, because they had upgraded their systems, and no longer accepted users who didn't have systems using Windows 7 or above. Money was the big reason for holding off and trying to keep that system going for as long as possible, but eventually it got to the point where I was losing money, and so I decided I had no choice but to spend money to make money. I could have purchased a Windows 7 or above program and installed it on my existing computer, but since my computer was quite old, I though the better investment would be to upgrade the entire system. I had been looking around for quite a while, just to see what was available. I knew there was no way I could afford a new computer, but if I purchased a refurbished one, I wanted to make sure I got the best I could get for my money. I found a company on eBay that is a Microsoft authorized refurbisher. As usual, I looked over their feedback in depth, as well as their products. They had quite a variety of systems available, and I ended up getting one that met my requirements. It also has a one-year warranty, which gives me some peace of mind. I've had pretty good luck in the past with refurbished electronics, so I didn't hesitate to purchase a refurbished computer. I am happy with my purchase, and so far, it's working out well for me.