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is my IT guy legit?

A while back, my IT guy gave me a desktop computer, and tried to pass it off as a "gaming rig" using these parts
Motherboard: ECS Black Series A790GXM-A http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813135228
CPU: AMD Sempron 2.7 Ghz
Dell 250 Watt Power supply
Some cheap generic DDR2 RAM
XFX Radeon HD 6450 Video Card
Rosewill R103A Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
After 3 days of use, and some mild gaming the computer died. I tried everything and it still won't power on, just fans and lights, and the video card stopped working/not detected. I'm starting to think this "tech" doesn't know what he's doing.
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  1. What kind of gaming system is this supposed to be? From the specs you are showing this is very low end imho. I hope you didn't pay too much for it.
  2. Its even a slow office PC.
  3. amd cpu and 250 watt power supply? not hardly. I hear people all the time who claim to be computer techs. While their is many that know what their doing.quite a few are nothing more then a lot of talk.while I am self trained I have been working on computers for 13 years and certainly don't know it all. If they have worked for a large company they are likely better then most.If they have only worked for small shops or best buy I would watch out.and anyone who proclaims to be a+ certified you should run from them quickly. The a+ exam is nothing more then a test for a low level tech.
  4. As a system, my pc is almost 8 years old (and it wasnt even mid range then) and is equal to that.

    Not much of one to advocate violence. But I'd be feeling the urge to put the pc over his head.
  5. drtoast said:
    As a system, my pc is almost 8 years old (and it wasnt even mid range then) and is equal to that.

    Not much of one to advocate violence. But I'd be feeling the urge to put the pc over his head.


    His excuse was that it was just "spur of the moment stuff" and didn't have time to test it. He runs the business out of his home, does a lot of advertising and talks a lot of gibberish, acting like he knows what he's doing. He wouldn't even come out to fix it, I had to meet him half way, told him no. Strange isn't it? I hope no one else in my area falls for this scam!
  6. Anonymous said:

    His excuse was that it was just "spur of the moment stuff" and didn't have time to test it. He runs the business out of his home, does a lot of advertising and talks a lot of gibberish, acting like he knows what he's doing. He wouldn't even come out to fix it, I had to meet him half way, told him no. Strange isn't it? I hope no one else in my area falls for this scam!


    Spur of the moment or not. How long Did you have it before it failed? In most countries He would be bound by law to refund you on electronic items 12 months lifespan.
  7. drtoast said:
    Anonymous said:

    His excuse was that it was just "spur of the moment stuff" and didn't have time to test it. He runs the business out of his home, does a lot of advertising and talks a lot of gibberish, acting like he knows what he's doing. He wouldn't even come out to fix it, I had to meet him half way, told him no. Strange isn't it? I hope no one else in my area falls for this scam!


    Spur of the moment or not. How long Did you have it before it failed? In most countries He would be bound by law to refund you on electronic items 12 months lifespan.


    It failed after 3 days, the video card stopped responding, then the computer wouldn't turn on all the way, all I got was lights an fans. Even after switching power supply's I still got the same results. My guess is that the mobo died. I did manage to pull the cpu and ram, and install them into a working pc.
  8. You don't happen to live in/around Tyler Texas do you?

    I see some joker posting "gaming rigs" just like that on Craigslist all the time. He even gives them off the wall names ("Gaming Rig: Codename Aegis II" or "Warrior" or things like that).

    A lot of people will throw random leftovers they get together and try to package it as a new product (pretty unscrupulous if you ask me).
  9. At best, he is simply clueless. At worst, he is actively lying to you. If any money changed hands, try to get it back.

    And never trust him for anything more complex than a pencil.
  10. cscott_it said:
    You don't happen to live in/around Tyler Texas do you?

    I see some joker posting "gaming rigs" just like that on Craigslist all the time. He even gives them off the wall names ("Gaming Rig: Codename Aegis II" or "Warrior" or things like that).

    A lot of people will throw random leftovers they get together and try to package it as a new product (pretty unscrupulous if you ask me).



    No, I live near Corning, NY, just 20 mins from the PA border. He lives in Elkland, PA and refuses to stop by and fix the computer. Every time I ask he wants me to meet him halfway. Which I won't do. He didn't charge me for it at all. I offered to pay him several times, and he refused. He does a LOT of advertising. His ads run in the local newspapers every week. Heres his business listing
    http://www.merchantcircle.com/business/Jays.Computers.607-346-4479
  11. loooooooooooooooooooooool cant help but laugh at this title and context
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    If you didn't pay that changes things. He probably just had it lying around spare and thought why throw it away if someone (you) could get some use out of it.

    Not really his fault he was just trying to be nice and it unfortunately failed pretty fast. Still no idea why a 250W PSU though. That would have popped soon enough if something else hand't failed first.
  13. That's a great gaming Pc for Windows 98SE games .. I want one, hang on, I already got one!
  14. TenPc said:
    That's a great gaming Pc for Windows 98SE games .. I want one, hang on, I already got one!


    naw WIN 3.1
  15. You could try a different PSU, something like at least 430 watt (I knew there was a purpose for those 430 watt PSU's, this is it).
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