Ok, I'd all but given up looking for new PC stuff since I don't have the money to buy new stuff but I found some used stuff that seems decent. A guy wants to sell me an Abit Fatality AA8X with a P4 3.4 GHz 800 FSB processor that is LGA775 and 1 GB of DDR2 memory for $125 or $100 for the setup with no ram. It's got a lot of that brownish dust around the processor but isn't that normal with having a heatsink on a processor for a long time and not cleaning it? (I think my mobo would look similar if I took the heatsink off) He also has a like new BFG 650i Ultra motherboard he bought and opened but the stuff in the box is still sealed. He still has the receipt where he paid $150 at CompUSA and he wants $200 for it with the same processor and memory from the above setup or $175 without it. What do you all think? Consider also, I have a P4 3.0 GHz Socket 478 w/ 800 FSB, DDR memory and an AGP video card. This guy told me that SLI was crap and it's cheaper and better to buy a new card than try to do SLI (Which I don't buy I think he just can't figure it out, but whatever)so neither are SLI. I heard some reliability issues with the Abit here so do you all know if it's a good board or a crap one? It will possibly be a transition board from AGP to PCI-E and Single Core to Core 2 Duo. The P4 he has may be Dual Core but not Core 2 Duo, I forgot to ask.
Sorry to DP, just ran out on the edit timer but here is the picture he sent me. This just looks odd to me like he's put too much compound on the processor. Will that affect anything? His pricing seems odd, as he listed the BFG for $100 seperately but with the processor and memory it's worth $200. The memory is already worth $25 based on his pricing, so that means the processor is $75 (Seems high to me for just a 3.4 GHz P4 unless it's Dual Core). Using this math I think that means the Abit with no processor or memory would be $25. Sorry just felt like doing some math, but don't you all think he's asking too much for that BFG combo? UPDATE: The processor is a single core, so I think he is asking too much. He told me the Abit alone is $50 which would mean with the Abit the processor is only $50 but with the BFG it's $75. Do you all think the Abit would be a good board without the processor and/or memory?
Ehm... that looks kind of weird. And what would be the total of everything?
I said in the first post, $125 for the Abit with the processor and memory, $100 with the Abit and processor, or $50 for the Abit itself and if I went with the BFG it'd be $200 with the same processor and memory as the other one or $175 with no memory, or $100 for just the board. He only has the one processor and stick of memory.
I wouldnt bother, you can buy all those bits new for 200 with a dual core Pentium D if you wanted. In your position for the same money i would advise a pentium E2140-60 based setup which will probably cost less for a mobo, pro and ram and will by far outperform a Pentium 4 based system.
That is too much for being used. A BFG 650i strait from BFG goes for $109.99. You can get a brand new C2D E4550, motherboard (although not top of the line) and 2 GB of RAM for roughly $250. You would be right when thinking that there has been too much thermal paste put on there. Just clean it off, and it should be fine.
Well, he'd trade me for my Bondi Blue iMac which I paid like $5 for. I'm not sure what, if I could pick a component out of what he listed what would you all suggest?
Questions: 1) What is your total budget; 2) Do you plan to overclock your CPU; What components to you have/need? Personally I find his asking price somewhat high considering they're used parts.
1) At present I have about $210 set aside for whatever, I've thought about all varying things including non-computer related things to spend it on but not actually decided on anything. I've looked at some things and thought "Hey that'd be neat to have and I could buy it" but not actually taken up the impulse. I am buying Guitar Hero II (I've tried to resist it but I want that damn thing!) brand new for $70 but if for some reson that falls through then I have $280 to spend. 2) I don't know how to overclock anything. I've considered it but at the complexity of it and the risks it puts your computer at and the voiding of the warranty I've never done it and am not particularly planning to unless I can do it easily. My components are listed above, my video card is an MSI NX6600 GT AGP. To upgrade I will need: New motherboard New processor New memory New video card New power supply Possibly a new case (Not necessary but I'd like to, this one doesn't cool as well as I'd like, has busted front USB ports and several pieces of plastic on the face of the case are held on by scotch tape [I'm not cheap, really!]) Probably a new hard drive (I have a 100 GB and an 80 GB both IDE that are both nearly full with 5 GB left on either one, and I know the newer boards have mostly SATA). Quite a list I know, hence why I've about given up on upgrading my PC, at least for now. I could possibly just sell this guy my iMac but that'd only put it up to about $245ish. You can see now why I'm looking for a transition board where I can get the good components and then get a good board! I'd planned on buying a mobo with an on-board video card or a cheapo card and sacrificing PC gaming for awhile (I do have a 360 with several games I've yet to play!) and then buying a video card. It's a bit confusing in explanation but I know what I mean!
You may want to try pricing out a couple of barebones systems on Pricewatch. They may not be cutting edge, but it would probably be a good place to start. Example: PC-Infinity - Custom Gaming Desktop Computers, Barebone Systems, Computer Parts and much more: Barebone with Core 2 Duo E2160 cpu fan Core2Duo E2160 CPU with CPU fan Infinity Motherboard w/ onboard LAN and sound 1 GB OCZ DDR2-800 memory 256 MB GeForce 8400GS Video card iMicro J230P MAx case w/400w ATX power supply $271.97