Buy a used desktop

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  1. zakken

    zakken Notebook Enthusiast

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    so i have been looking at this desktop.

    Specs:

    Cabinet: Corsair Carbide SPEC-01

    Motherboard: MSI Z87 MPOWER

    RAM: Corsair Vengeance Pro Black 8GB 2133MHZ

    GPU: XFX Radeon R9 280X DD 3GB

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K

    PSU: Corsair CX750M 750W

    is this good value for 450$?

    What would i need to upgrade first?
     
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    For $450 that's incredible
     
  3. Syndrome

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    I'd do it if I was looking to get a desktop. I would upgrade the first thing that bottle necked my system. Just depends on what you are doing with it.
     
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    Yeah, it's a great value for that price.
    As for upgrades, does it have an SSD?
     
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    Seems pretty balanced to me. I don't see any glaring bottlenecks. But like KKK said if it's running a spinner I'd upgrade to SSD right away.
     
  6. Syndrome

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    Balanced yes, but not the absolute best in any specific category. At this point it just depends on what you are doing with it and if it does bottle neck.
     
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    I upgrade to Main SSD from HDD and CPU I would've hope you got a i5-4690K that would do more for your OC and beyond that I get 16gig of RAM-you night not use all of it but it will be nice to have. Also you want to have Windows 7x64 Pro or higher to access RAM above 3.5gigs as well and the higher version will give you more control of your system and any tweaks you do to it.
     
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    zakken Notebook Enthusiast

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    Or this, just got an offer to buy this for 1200$

    He bought it new in november 2014


    PC spec:

    Cabinett:
    Cooler Master HAF 912 Adv. Midi Tower
    Vifter:1x 200mm Front, 1x 200mm Topp, 1x 120mm Bak

    Motherboard:
    ASUS Z97-PRO, Socket-1150
    ATX, Z97, DDR3, 3xPCIe-x16, SLI/CFX, VGA, DVI, HDM

    Prosessor:
    Intel Core i7-4790K
    Socket-LGA1150,Quad Core,4.0GHz,8MB,88W,22nm,HD460

    Ram:
    HyperX Fury DDR3 1600MHz 16GB Black
    2x8GB 1600MHz DDR3 CL10 DIMM (Kit of 2) HyperX Fur

    Power:
    Corsair RM750, 750W PSU

    Graphics:
    ASUS GeForce STRIX GTX 970 4GB

    SSD:Kingston SSDNow V300 240GB 2.5" OEM
    SATA3.0, 7mm, 450/450MB/s read/write, SandForce®

    HDD:
    Seagate Barracuda® 2TB
    SATA 6Gb/s (SATA 3.0), 64MB Cache, 7200RPM, 3.5"

    CD rom:
    ASUS DVD Writer, DRW-24F1ST

    Is this good value?
     
  9. killkenny1

    killkenny1 Too weird to live, too rare to die.

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    I would say it's the best in price category. And the build is balanced. It's your basic build you would want to have for gaming at 1080p with high settings (depending on the game) and get good frame rates. The 4690 is powerful enough for gaming not to bottleneck the GPU (unless doing a lot of things in background), and it's a K model, so with time OP can attempt to overclock it. R9 280X is better that recently released GTX 960 gaming performance wise, but slower than GTX 970. It will remain a good card for this, next, and maybe a year after that, but generally speaking it will be the "first thing" OP will have to replace if buying this PC for gaming. But like I've said, it won't be until a year after next or maybe later.

    Well, 4790 is better than 4690, and GTX 970 is better than R9 280X, but when considering raw performance you get vs. bang for the buck $450 build is better than $1200. The $1200 has some nice extras, better PSU, SSD, a bit of cooling goin', more RAM (if you need it), but question is, do you want/need that?
    One thing worth mentioning, in what condition are these rigs. Like new, lightly used, like crap. That's something I would want to consider when buying used.
     
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  10. Syndrome

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    Get that i5 setup for $400 and ship it out to me. :D
     
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