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May 31, 2014 1:10:04 PM

My friend is selling his budget rig for around $400.
Its specs include:
CPU: AMD A10-5800k
GPU: R7 260x
RAM: One 8 Gb stick @ 1866 MHz
Other Information:
1 Terabyte hard drive (7200 RPM), and a legitimate copy of Windows. I'm unsure of the motherboard or power supply but the rig has been running great for the few months he has had it.

My question is this: Is it a better option to buy the rig from him, knowing all the components match up and the system has been well put together and organized, or build one myself? He has been gaming at 720p on an older monitor. Would this system perform decently at 1080p? Regardless of whether I build or buy, I will be purchasing a 1080p monitor. I'm looking at this one for a little over $100 in specific.
If i were to build the computer myself I wouldn't want to spend much more than $400 (the price he is offering).

Is his budget rig a good deal? Is it adaquate for 1080p gaming, even on medium settings? Or could I build a better PC for around the same cost, not incluiding the price of Windows?
All comments and advice are appreciated.

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May 31, 2014 1:16:29 PM

I would say buy the build because at that price point it will be hard to beat and the only thing i would probably change would be to upgrade cpu down the road
May 31, 2014 1:20:21 PM

It is fair. A couple things wrong. You will need to change motherboard and cpu and get different ram down the road but nothing is wrong. You can not build a cheaper rig under 700 than a prebuilt computer, you can just get vastly superior parts that can be reused.
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May 31, 2014 2:44:47 PM

MalakiArtook said:
i wouldn't buy it the apu gpu combo is stupid. and really out of date. can you get him to part the thing out? because i would go buy yourself these.

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($109.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-78LMT-USB3 Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($49.99 @ Micro Center)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($26.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $186.97

Then see if he will sell you his gpu and hdd w/ the OS

The power supply I just learned is a corsair 600w. I dont think it would need replacing. He is considering parting the rig out.
Is the r7 260x powerful enough A.) with the a10-5800k for 1080p gaming? B.) with the fx 6300 for 1080p?
I could also try to buy the computer without his cpu, gpu, or motherboard. Then buy the fx 6300 and motherboard you mentioned, along with a better gpu. Newegg currently has a radeon 7850 2 gb for $120, as well as a 7870 or gtx 660 for $160.
June 1, 2014 4:57:06 AM

buy it man because you wont find a better pre built one out their make sure its not damaged though he could of run that thing pretty hard and damaged the cpu (unlikely) and also tel him to give it to you for 350 because that gpu isnt great save up for a GTx 760 (200 euro ) probably 250 dollars