Some Recent Amazon Recommendations

Recently I’ve had to make some computer/server/IT recommendations as a company improved their infrastructure to better accommodate a new machine learning platform for their artificial intelligence projects. I figured, since I did the research, I’d share what I found. So, here’s a few “bang for your buck” recommendations:



Dell Optiplex 990 Desktop Computer, i7 upto 3.8GHz CPU, 16GB DDR3 Memory, New 512GB SSD, WiFi, Windows 10 Pro (Renewed)

I often look at “Renewed” products to save money.
LINK: https://amzn.to/2vPsZgs

That’s what the back of the computer looks like.
Processor3.4 GHz Intel Core i7
Hard Drive512 GB SSD
Graphics CoprocessorIntel HD Graphics 2000
Brand NameDell
Item model number990 Optiplex
Hardware PlatformPC
Operating SystemWindows 10 Professional
Item Weight14 pounds
Product Dimensions12 x 4.2 x 13 inches
Item Dimensions L x W x H12 x 4.2 x 13 inches
ColorBlack/ Gray, black
Processor BrandIntel
Processor Count4
Computer Memory TypeDDR3 SDRAM
Flash Memory Size512 GB
Hard Drive InterfaceSolid State

Dell Optiplex 9010 SFF Desktop PC – Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz 16GB 2TB DVD Windows 10 Pro, WIFI, HDMI (Renewed)

Those words are too small to read.

Refurbished saves money, at least in the short-term.
LINK: https://amzn.to/2BmYGAp

Processor3.2 GHz Core i5 3470
Hard Drive2 TB
Graphics CoprocessorIntel HD Graphics
Brand NameDell
Item model numberNA
Hardware PlatformPC
Operating SystemWindows 10
Item Weight15 pounds
Product Dimensions12.3 x 3.7 x 11.4 inches
Item Dimensions L x W x H12.35 x 3.72 x 11.42 inches
Processor BrandIntel
Processor Count4
Computer Memory TypeDDR3 SDRAM
Hard Drive InterfaceSerial ATA
Optical Drive TypeDVD

Dell Inspiron 3470 Desktop, 2 Year Onsite Warranty, Windows 10 Pro, 9th Gen Intel Core i5-9400 6-Core 4.1GHz Proc w/Intel Turbo Boost Technology, 12GB DDR4 2666MHz RAM, 1TB HDD+128Gb SATA SSD, DVD RW

I also recommend new things too.
LINK: https://amzn.to/2OV5lKd

Screen Size0.01
Processor4.1 GHz Intel Core i5
Hard Drive1 TB 1TB 7200RPM 3.5″ SATA HDD + 128GB M.2 SATA Solid State Drive
Graphics CoprocessorIntel UHD Graphics 630
Card DescriptionIntegrated
Number of USB 2.0 Ports4
Number of USB 3.0 Ports2
Brand NameDell
SeriesDell Inspiron 3470
Item model numberi3470-5244BLK-PUS
Hardware PlatformPC
Operating SystemWindows 10 Professional
Item Weight13.75 pounds
Package Dimensions19.7 x 15.3 x 9.3 inches
Processor BrandIntel
Processor Count6
Computer Memory TypeDDR4 SDRAM
Flash Memory Size12.00
Hard Drive InterfaceSerial ATA
Hard Drive Rotational Speed7200 RPM
Optical Drive TypeDVD+RW

HP EliteDesk 800 G1 Tower, Intel Core i7-4770 3.4Ghz, 2TB HDD, 16GB DDR3 Ram, DVD-ROM, Windows 10 Pro 64-bit (Renewed)

I also suggest non-Dell PCs.
LINK: https://amzn.to/2OYOt5d

You can save money on used machines.
Processor3.4 GHz Core i7 4770
Hard Drive3 TB mechanical_hard_drive
Graphics CoprocessorIntel HD Graphics 4600
Brand NameHP
Item model numberPC-HP-ELITEDESK_800_G1-MT-i7-3.4-16-2000
Hardware PlatformPC
Operating SystemWindows 10 Professional
Item Weight20.5 pounds
Product Dimensions17.4 x 6.7 x 15.7 inches
Item Dimensions L x W x H17.4 x 6.7 x 15.7 inches
Processor BrandIntel
Processor Count4
Computer Memory TypeDDR3 SDRAM
Hard Drive InterfaceSerial ATA-600

HP i7 Gaming Computer, Quad-Core i7 Up to 3.8GHz, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD + 1TB HD, 4K Nvidia GeForce GT 730 Graphics Card 4GB(HDMI, DVI, VGA), WiFi & BT, DVD-RW, USB 3.0, Win 10 Pro(Renewed)

This one doe have a model number.
LINK: https://amzn.to/35NUS9a

Not as sleek.
Screen Resolution1920×1080
Max Screen Resolution3840×2160
Processor3.4 GHz Intel Core i7
Hard Drive1 TB SSD
Graphics CoprocessorNvidia GeForce GT 730 4GB
Chipset BrandNVIDIA
Card Descriptiondedicated
Wireless Type802.11n
Brand NameHP
Item model numberZ-series
Hardware PlatformPC
Operating SystemWindows 10 Professional
Product Dimensions17.9 x 7 x 17.6 inches
Item Dimensions L x W x H17.9 x 7 x 17.6 inches
Processor BrandIntel
Processor Count1
Computer Memory TypeDDR3 SDRAM
Hard Drive InterfaceSolid State
Optical Drive TypeDVD-RW


ASUS ZenBook 13 Slim Durable Laptop 13.3 in FHD Wideview, Intel Core i7-8565U Up to 4.6GHz, 16GB RAM, 512GB PCIe SSD + TPM Security Chip, Numberpad, Windows 10 Pro, UX333FA-AB77, Royal Blue (Renewed)

This one is my favorite in this bunch, it not only looks great, but has tons of bonus features.
LINK: https://amzn.to/33NfOLD

This one is my favorite.
Screen Size13.3 inches
Max Screen Resolution1920 x 1080 pixels
Processor4.6 GHz Intel Core i7
Hard Drive512 GB Flash Memory Solid State
Graphics CoprocessorIntel HD Graphics 620
Chipset BrandIntel
Card DescriptionIntegrated
Graphics Card Ram Size16 GB
Wireless Type802.11b/n/ac, Bluetooth
Number of USB 2.0 Ports1
Brand NameASUS
SeriesAsus ZenBook 13
Hardware PlatformPC
Operating SystemWindows 10 Pro
Item Weight2.6 pounds
Product Dimensions11.9 x 7.4 x 0.7 inches
Item Dimensions L x W x H11.9 x 7.4 x 0.7 inches
Processor BrandIntel
Processor Count4
Computer Memory TypeDDR3 SDRAM
Flash Memory Size512.00
Hard Drive InterfaceSolid State
Hard Drive Rotational Speed10000 RPM
Batteries1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)

HP Elitebook 840 G3 Laptop Intel i7-6600U 2.6GHz, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, Windows 10 Pro (Renewed)

The least expensive of the options.  It is my #2 pick on this list.  The DDR4 ram gives it a slight edge over DDR3 (the current “usual” ram type).
LINK: https://amzn.to/35Tl8yj

Elite Desk, Elite Book… I see a trend…
Screen Size14.1 inches
Max Screen Resolution1920 x 1080
Memory Speed2133 MHz
Hard Driveflash_memory_solid_state
Graphics CoprocessorIntel HD Graphics 520
Chipset Brandintel
Card DescriptionIntegrated
Wireless Type802.11ac
Brand NameHP
SeriesHP EliteBook
Item model numberNA
Operating SystemWindows Professional 10
Item Weight88.2 pounds
Processor BrandIntel
Processor Count1
Flash Memory Size512 GB
Batteries1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)

Fast Latitude E7470 HD Ultrabook Business Laptop Notebook (Intel Core i7 6650U, 8GB Ram, 512GB SSD, HDMI, Camera, WiFi, Bluetooth) Win 10 Pro (Renewed)

I deal less with laptops, and generally recommend Chromebooks when able.
LINK: https://amzn.to/2Yc8lmO

Yep, it’s a laptop…
Screen Size14 inches
ProcessorIntel Core i7
Hard Drive512 GB
Card Descriptionintegrated
Wireless Type802.11abg, 802.11n, 802.11bgn
Brand NameLatitude
SeriesDell Latitude
Item model numberUltraBook Latitude E7470
Item Weight4.3 pounds
Product Dimensions13.2 x 9.3 x 0.7 inches
Item Dimensions L x W x H13.2 x 9.3 x 0.7 inches
Processor BrandIntel
Processor Count4
Computer Memory TypeSODIMM
Flash Memory Size512 GB

Microsoft Surface Laptop (Intel Core i7, 16GB RAM, 512GB) – Platinum (Renewed)

This one is the thinnest and lightest, but only has one USB port.
LINK: https://amzn.to/2rPOzm0

This one is not my favorite…
Screen Size13.5 inches
Max Screen Resolution2256×1504 pixels
Processor4 GHz Intel Core i7
Hard Drive512 GB Flash Memory Solid State
Graphics CoprocessorIntel Iris Plus Graphics 640
Card DescriptionIntegrated
Wireless Type802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n
Brand NameMicrosoft
SeriesSurface Laptop
Item model numberDAL-00001-cr
Operating SystemWindows 10 S
Item Weight2.83 pounds
Product Dimensions0.6 x 12.1 x 8.8 inches
Item Dimensions L x W x H0.57 x 12.13 x 8.79 inches
Processor BrandIntel
Processor Count2
Flash Memory Size512
Hard Drive InterfaceSolid State

Dell XPS 9370 13.3in 4K UHD Touchscreen Laptop PC – Intel Core i7-8550U 4.0GHz, 16GB, 512GB SSD, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Webcam, Windows 10 Home – Silver (Renewed)

This one has the best graphics, but has the weakest processor.  It is also the most expensive on this list.
LINK: https://amzn.to/2Y8nneB

I usually don’t go this pricey.
Screen Size13.3 inches
Max Screen Resolution3840 x 2160
Processor1.8 GHz Core i7 8550U
Memory Speed2133 MHz
Hard Drive512 GB flash_memory_solid_state
Chipset Brandintel
Card Descriptionintegrated
Wireless Type802.11ac, Bluetooth
Number of USB 2.0 Ports1
Brand NameDell
Item model numberINS235928SA
Hardware PlatformPC
Operating SystemWindows 10
Item Weight4.25 pounds
Product Dimensions7.8 x 11.9 x 0.3 inches
Item Dimensions L x W x H7.8 x 11.9 x 0.3 inches
Rear Webcam Resolution720 pixels
Processor BrandIntel
Processor Count4
Computer Memory TypeDDR3 SDRAM
Flash Memory Size512 GB
Hard Drive InterfaceATA
Power SourceAC & Battery
Batteries1 Lithium ion batteries required.


High-End HP ProLiant ML350p G8 Gen 8 8 Bay SFF 5U Tower Server, 2X E5-2670 2.6GHz 8 Core, 96GB DDR3 RAM, P420i, 4X Trays Included (Renewed)

Room to expand too!

This is a low-cost BEAST.
LINK: https://amzn.to/36Wzyis

System: HP ProLiant ML350p Gen 8 8 Bay SFF Tower Server
Processor: 2x Intel Xeon E5-2670 2.6GHz 8 Core 20MB Cache Processors
Memory: 96GB DDR3 ECC Registered Memory (6 x 16GB)
Controller: HP Smart Array P420i 512MB Cache RAID Controller
Hard Drive Bays: Supports 8x 2.5″ SAS/SATA Drives (4x Trays with screws included)
Management: HP iLO 4
Network: HP 1Gb Ethernet 4-port 331i Adapter
Power Supply: 2x 460W Redundant Power Supplies
Bezel: Front Bezel Included
The HP ProLiant ML350p Gen8 Server series is one of the best-selling ProLiant ML servers delivering best-inclass performance, availability and maximum expandability for enterprise data centers, remote branch offices and growing businesses. Incorporating key HP technologies from the HP ProActive Insight architecture, the ML350p Gen8 provides innovations in memory, server management, firmware management and server storage. It combines these innovations with the latest Intel Xeon processors for a system with unsurpassed flexibility and performance.

Dell PowerEdge T430 Tower Server 2X E5-2650v3 20 Cores 64GB RAM 12TB Storage (Renewed)

The edge of power…

PowerEdge is usually a decent choice.
LINK: https://amzn.to/2Qg5Cb9

Chassis: T430 8-Bay 3.5″ Server
Processors: 2x Intel Xeon E5-2603 V3 – 1.60GHz 6 Core
Memory Configuration: 64GB – 4x16GB PC4-1700R DDR4 Registered
RAID Card: Dell H330 PCIE Raid Card
Power Supplies: 2x 750W R730 PSU
Remote Access: iDRAC 8 Express
Hard Drives: 4x Enterprise 3TB 7.2k 3.5″ SAS Hard Drive
Rails: Not Included (can be Added)
Bezel: Not Included (can be added)
Warranty: 1-Year Warranty


Hard Drives

Seagate FireCuda 2TB Solid State Hybrid Drive Performance SSHD – 3.5 Inch SATA 6Gb/s Flash Accelerated for Gaming PC Desktop Frustration Free Packaging (ST2000DX002)

“Gaming” works for “business” too.

I have mixed feelings about hybrid drives.
LINK: https://amzn.to/2P9bBwk

Hard Drive2 TB Hybrid Drive
Brand NameSeagate
Item model numberST2000DXZ02/DX002
Hardware Platformlaptop, PC
Operating SystemNA
Item Weight1.18 pounds
Product Dimensions5.8 x 4 x 1 inches
Item Dimensions L x W x H5.79 x 4 x 1.03 inches
Flash Memory Size2 TB
Hard Drive InterfaceSerial ATA
Hard Drive Rotational Speed7200 RPM

Seagate FireCuda Gaming (Compute) 2TB Solid State Hybrid Drive Performance SSHD – 2.5 Inch SATA 6GB/s Flash Accelerated for Gaming PC Laptop – Frustration Free Packaging (ST2000LX001)

Fast as fire! What?

You’ll need screws.
LINK: https://amzn.to/34U0yx7

  • Store games and play them faster with an internal SSHD drive delivering SSD performance and HDD capacities
  • Perfect for PC gaming and laptop gaming, this hybrid hard drive helps load maps and boot levels faster with flash enhanced speeds
  • Choose from a variety of capacities for an optimized rig
  • Low power consumption means a more cost effective setup
  • Get long-term peace of mind with the included five-year limited warranty.Average Latency:5.6 ms
  • Packaging for the product might vary slightly

Toshiba X300 5TB Performance Desktop and Gaming Hard Drive 7200 RPM 128MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5 Inch Internal Hard Drive (HDWE150XZSTA)

Not as good as solid state, but still good.
LINK: https://amzn.to/35XzUnE

It spins fast.
  • Designed for gaming PC and high end desktop workstations
  • High Performance with 7200 RPM and large cache size
  • Massive capacity to accommodate large gaming libraries
  • Toshiba’s cache technology to deliver high level performance in real time
  • Ramp loading and drive stabilization technologies for reliability
  • Includes Toshiba 2 year limited warranty
  • Tunnel Magneto Resistive (TMR) recording head technology delivers improved stability
  • Built in cache algorithm and buffer management enhance real time read/write performance

Seagate IronWolf 4TB NAS Internal Hard Drive HDD – 3.5 Inch SATA 6Gb/s 5900 RPM 64MB Cache for RAID Network Attached Storage – Frustration Free Packaging (ST4000VN008)

SATA III, am I right?

A NAS optimized hard drive.
LINK: https://amzn.to/2reU6mm

  • IronWolf internal hard drives are the ideal solution for up to 8-bay, multi-user NAS environments craving powerhouse performance
  • Store more and work faster with a NAS-optimized hard drive providing 4TB and cache of up to 64MB
  • Purpose built for NAS enclosures, IronWolf delivers less wear and tear, little to no noise/vibration, no lags or down time, increased file-sharing performance, and much more
  • Easily monitor the health of drives using the integrated IronWolf Health Management system and enjoy long-term reliability with 1M hours MTBF
  • Three-year limited warranty protection plan included

NAS Devices

BUFFALO Linkstation 220 8TB Private Cloud Storage NAS with Hard Drives Included

This one is “ready to go”.
LINK: https://amzn.to/33Gl83v

It looks cooler with the front cover on.
Hard Drive8 TB Desktop
Number of USB 2.0 Ports1
SeriesLinkStation LS220
Item model numberLS220D0802
Hardware PlatformPC;Mac;Android;Apple iOS
Operating SystemWindows, Mac, Linux, absolutely no software or drivers
Item Weight8.6 ounces
Product Dimensions5 x 10 x 8.8 inches
Item Dimensions L x W x H5.04 x 10 x 8.82 inches
Power SourceAC

Zyxel Personal Cloud Storage Server [4-Bay] with Remote Access and Media Streaming [NAS540]

This one is cheaper, but has good reviews.
LINK: https://amzn.to/32t2sUO

This is a good “bang for your buck” purchase.
Hard Drive6 TB 4x6TB
Brand NameZyXEL
Item model numberNAS540
Hardware PlatformMac
Item Weight4.41 pounds
Product Dimensions12.4 x 10.6 x 11.3 inches
Item Dimensions L x W x H12.44 x 10.59 x 11.26 inches

NETGEAR ReadyNAS RN424 4 Bay Diskless High Performance NAS, 40TB Capacity Network Attached Storage, Intel 1.5GHz Dual Core Processor, 2GB RAM, (RN42400)

The NetGear ReadyNAS systems are very good.
LINK: https://amzn.to/32qFAFm

I like these.
Hard Drive40 TB
Number of USB 3.0 Ports2
Item model numberRN42400-100NES
Operating SystemReadyNAS OS 6
Item Weight8.7 pounds
Product Dimensions9.4 x 7.3 x 7.6 inches
Item Dimensions L x W x H9.4 x 7.3 x 7.6 inches
Processor Count2



Monoprice 5-Pack SlimRun Cat6A Ethernet Network Patch Cable 10G 2ft Gray

The color-coding can actually be really useful, plus CAT6A is better than 5E.
LINK: https://amzn.to/34oQWLa

Not as many colors as the pen set has, but not bad (keep scrolling for that to make more sense).
  • Buy with Confidence: With Monoprice’s Lifetime Warranty on all Cables, you can rest assured we stand behind our products and our customers.
  • Thinner and Lighter:SlimRun Cat6A is much lighter than standard 23AWG Cat6A cables and is easier to route and install. The smaller cable saves space and improves airflow in high density environments, like server rooms.
  • Snagless and Narrow Boot Design:The narrow boot and snagless design make this cable the perfect choice for high-density environments, like data centers or a telecommunications room.
  • High Performance:This cable is perfect for 10-Gigabit Ethernet and is backwards compatible with any existing Fast Ethernet and Gigabit Ethernet.
  • Reduces Congestion in High Density Spaces: Designed for high-density environments where space is a premium, SlimRun’s ultra-slim cable and narrow boot design reduces congestion and simplifies moves, additions, and changes. This means that, along with saving space, you also save time and money!

AmazonBasics High Speed USB 3.0 Cable – A-Male to B-Male – 9 Feet (2.7 Meters)

It’s like a regular USB cord, but B-er. Get it? Because it has an A end and a B end, and the B end is bigger than it is for USB2; and b-er=better; it works on multiple levels… Come on, that was a decent play on words.

It’s always good to have an extra USB3 cable around.
LINK: https://amzn.to/34yofeZ

  • 9-foot-long high-speed multi-shielded USB 3.0 A-Male to B-Male cable
  • Backwards compatible with high speed USB 2.0 devices as well as USB 1.1
  • Constructed with corrosion-resistant, gold-plated connectors for optimal signal
  • PC and Mac compatible
  • Ships in Certified Frustration-Free Packaging

External Hard Drive Cord, CableCreation USB 3.0 to Micro USB Y Cable with USB 2.0 Charge Cord, Compatible Samsung Note 3, External Hard Drive, HD Camera, 3.3FT, Space Gray Aluminium

There are some external drives that require the micro end and perform best with two USB A plugs for extra power.
LINK: https://amzn.to/2KhDosT

It looks more like a W here, but in real-life it looks like a Y.
  • HIGH PERFORMANCE* USB 3.0 to Micro USB cable supports max 5Gbps super speed, backups and transfers big files such as pictures and movies within seconds. Backward compatible with your existing USB 2.0 devices. Especially designed for power guzzling devices based on Micro USB 3.0 port such as external HDD and SSD. Perfectly solves the issue of insufficient power supply for old electronic gears with only USB 2.0 ports (data transfer rate is max. 480mbps when connected to usb 2.0 ports).
  • *WIDE COMPATIBILITY* Versatile use for External Hard Drive( such as Toshiba Canvio, Seagate,Western Digital, Newman, Samsung, Sony, Lenovo ), USB hubs,HD camera, Samsung Note 3/S5/Note Pro 12.2/N9000, etc.
  • *ULTRA DURABILITY* Fashionable braided jacket and aluminum alloy case with shaped SR protect the cable from unlimited bending. Corrosion-resistant gold-plated connectors provide extra plugging and unplugging,
  • *QUALITY CONSTRUCTION* 24K gold-plated connectors and bare copper conductors provide superior cable performance and error-free data transmission. AL.foil & braid double shielding manages to minimize interference.
  • *CABLECREATION WARRANTY* Worry-free 2-years warranty and lifetime technical support, friendly and easy to reach customer service.


500pcs Laptop Notebook Computer Screw Kit Set for IBM HP Dell Lenovo Samsung Sony Toshiba Gateway Acer

Look at all the sizes, make sure it has what you need before you buy.

Eventually you will have to screw something in, be prepared.
LINK: https://amzn.to/2ryhT0b

  • Laptop Screws Kit 500Pcs
  • Material:Alloy steel, oxidative blackening
  • Perfect for repair laptop.
  • Popular size:M2;M2.5;M3. m.2 ssd screws M2x3 M2x4 M2x5 M2x6 / M2.5×3.5 M2.5×4 M2.5×5 M2.5×6 M2.5×8 /M3x3
  • Compatible with All universal laptop. Such as IBM HP Mac Dell Lenovo SAMSUNG Sony Toshiba Gateway LG and so on

Sabrent USB 3.0 to SATA I/II/III Dual Bay External Hard Drive Docking Station for 2.5 or 3.5in HDD, SSD with Hard Drive Duplicator/Cloner Function [10TB Support] (EC-HD2B)

Works with laptop and desktop drives.
The drives don’t really glow blue…

Already have a hard drive enclosure? Is it compatible with SATA3? Time to upgrade!
LINK: https://amzn.to/2qEgKV7

  • Supports Standard Desktop 2.5″/3.5″ SATA Hard Drives or SSD
  • Supports hard drives up to 10TB.
  • Plug and play, no drivers needed.
  • Supports Offline Cloning up to 60Mbps.
  • Supports Transfer Speeds up to 5Gbps (USB 3.0),480Mbps (USB 2.0), 12Mbps (USB 1.1)

Paper Mate InkJoy Gel Pens, Medium Point, Assorted Colors, 20 Count – 1951718

For marking up documents when looking for key similarities and differences.
LINK: https://amzn.to/2mkPDMm

Pens for highlighting and marking up documents.
Look at all the colors!
  • Dries 3 times faster for reduced smearing
  • Smooth, colorful ink keeps the ideas flowing across the page and brightens your writing
  • Ergonomic comfort grip wraps the entire gel pen
  • 0.7 millimeter medium point spreads ink beautifully
  • Includes: 2 Pink Pop, 2 Red Rush, 2 Orange Rise, 1 Yellow Twirl, 2 Lime Light, 1 Luscious Green, 1 Teal Zeal, 2 Bright Blue Bliss, 1 Slate Blue Spin, 2 Pure Blue Joy, 1 Charming Purple, 1 Wild Berry, 1 Cocoa Delight and 1 Jet Black gel pen

Okay, hopefully that helps somebody!

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