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Ebay PC Store, is this a good deal/idea?

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May 14, 2009 4:03:36 AM

So I've been trying to find a great deal on a gaming pc, for as cheap as I can get it, and I seem to have found something that to me seems like a good deal. What do you guys think, good idea or not?

Processor Intel Core 2 Quad Processor Q9300 6MB L2 Cache 2.50Ghz 1333Mhz
Over Clocking Overclocked to: Core 2 Quad 3.3GHz*
CPU Fan Intel Original Socket 775 CPU Fan
Motherboard ASUS P5KPL-CM Motherboard
Memory 4GB DDR II 800 Memory 240 Pin (Kingston) (2048 x 2)
Hard Drive Western Digital 320GB 7200RPM 16MB Cache Serial ATA II
Optical Drive LG 22X DVD RW + Dual Layer
Video nVidia GeForce 9500GT 1024MB 3D Video
Audio VIA VT1708B 8 -Channel High-Definition Audio CODEC
Network Card 10/100 Lan Network Card
Ports 6 USB 2.0 Ports, 1 Parallel, 1 Serial
Case Deluxe 8197B Case
Power Supply 500 Watt Heavy Duty Power Supply
Warranty 3 Years Labor, 1 Year Parts Warranty & Life Time Toll Free Support
Assembly Fully Assembled and Tested|66%3A2|65%3A12|39%3A1|240%3A1309|301%3A1|293%3A1|294%3A50
May 14, 2009 4:04:42 AM

the price of the above system is $599 CAD
May 14, 2009 4:47:46 AM

the video card will be very limiting in a gaming computer. It will struggle to run modern games at anything over 1024 x 768. Also keep in mind it does not come with an OS, so if you need one you'll have to add that to the cost. Unless the overclock is done with stock voltage you will need a better cooler than the stock cpu cooler. If you want decent gaming you need to upgrade the video card to at least a 4770 or a 4850 on the ati side, or a 9800gtx or gts 250 on the nvidia side.
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a b B Homebuilt system
May 14, 2009 5:58:01 AM

^ +1
The video card is weak. They suspiciously don't mention the specs of the PSU (very important), that RAM likely doesn't come with heatspreaders, and there's no OS. That's not a good deal for $600.
a c 122 B Homebuilt system
May 14, 2009 8:40:48 AM

2nd gen C2 heatsinks are half the size of first gen heatsinks. You will need a better heatsink.

The RAM is undoubtedly "value" RAM. Nothing wrong with that - as long as you know what you are getting.

Video card - well, at least you know what you are getting.

The problem is the case/PSU combination. I googled the case and:,shop.produ...

Combined price $58 CDN, no specs.

And I suspect that "Assembly Fully Assembled and Tested" means "Yep. It boots." Maybe.

a b B Homebuilt system
May 14, 2009 4:02:55 PM

^+1. Bad deal. The PSU is almost certainly a generic piece of fecal matter. It may be enough to power the 9500GT, but could not handle an actual gaming GPU.
May 14, 2009 4:32:14 PM

most value one's are, in higher end cases it's more like 0.8mm+
May 14, 2009 11:19:33 PM

thanks for the quick replies guys!

i guess the computer isn't as great of a deal as i initially thought. the thing is that i'm trying to find something pretty much extremely cheap (less than $600-700) while giving me the most possible value.

maybe some of you could give me some suggestions on what the best 'bang for my buck' would be?
a b B Homebuilt system
May 15, 2009 2:20:15 AM

Are you looking for an assembled one or are you comfortable doing it yourself?
May 15, 2009 4:49:50 AM

I'm comfortable doing it myself, if that results in a cheaper/better pc.
May 15, 2009 5:10:59 AM

I wouldnt recommend used... You dont know what they've gone through.

I too recommend you BYO PC.
a b B Homebuilt system
May 15, 2009 12:36:23 PM

Do you need everything, including OS, keyboard, mouse, monitor...?
May 15, 2009 6:46:06 PM

no, i don't need OS, keyboard, mous, monitor, or soundcard.
May 20, 2009 5:04:14 PM

I know this post is a few days old, but if you haven't purchased yet, and you'd rather get one pre-built, check out

I finallt got lazy and got my new rig from them recently. Good prices (the best I found) and seems to be good quality. Find one that comes with the free shipping and configure it the way you want it. You can order it w/o an OS, mouse, etc. to save money on components you don't need. The base free shipping options for both AMD and Intel start out around $550 US with no OS.

Do NOT use the custom configurators. You won't get the free shipping. I had read wuite a few negative reviews about them, but most of them were old. Found quite a few positive reviews as well, so I decided to take a chance. I couldn't be happier.
a b B Homebuilt system
May 20, 2009 8:40:04 PM

$600 - $700 budget

e8500/Sapphire 4870 combo - $360
GA-EP45-UD3L /OCZ Fatal1ty 550W combo - $150
4GB OCZ Reaper DDR2 800 - $35
CM HAF - $150

This build is ~$695 before shipping and after rebates. The original HAF is a great case, but there is a new/smaller model of it out that could shave $20 off the total if you want.