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Core i7 craigslist build -- Too Good To Be True?

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May 18, 2009 7:11:36 PM

Hey,

I don't know too much about building my own, but I do know a bit about computers, I was looking at this ad, is it just me or is it underpriced?

Intel Nehalem Bloomfield Core i7 920 @ 2.67Ghz (overclocked to 4ghz stable)
http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=34598&vpn=BX80601920&...

Noctua NH-U12P CPU cooler
http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=35245&vpn=NH-U12P%20S...

Asus P6T Deluxe X58 motherboard
http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=34945&vpn=P6T%20DELUX...

Inno3D GTX260 core216
http://www.inno3d.com/products/graphic_card/gtx200/gtx2...

OCZ 6GB DDR3-1333 CL7 Triple-Channel
http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=37356&vpn=OCZ3P1333LV...

Seagate 640GB Hard drive 32mb cache

Pioneer DVD Multi drive

LiteOn Blu-Ray drive(can read Blu-rays only)

Thermaltake ToughPower 750W
http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=18634&vpn=W0117RU&man...

Thermaltake Spedo Advance Package case
http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=34087&vpn=VI90001W2Z&...

For $1700 (CAD)

Thanks
May 18, 2009 7:20:14 PM

Well you shouldnt put so much into the case than the gpu if your doing gaming, you can get a nice rc-690 with that build and a high-end gpu instead.

The PSU would be to much for the single gtx 260 and would not be able to sli later unless a convertor plug was put in.

750tx would run dual 4890's.

The Seagate 640gb isnt effected by the firmware bricking problem but, there might be little faster hdd, the WD Black 640gb.
May 18, 2009 7:22:58 PM

Fullmetall, read the post before responding sirrah?

For a i7 920/260 build, no, it's not underpriced... but they selected some overkill products like the ones fullmetal mentioned.
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May 18, 2009 7:23:34 PM

Well keep in mind, I'm BUYING it, not building it. I was thinking about asking him to leave out the graphics card, so I can put in my own higher end one.

EDIT: thanks cloud, good point. So is the PSU over powered, but 'not able to sli'? Although I prefer ATI cards so I'd probably buy a 4890 and crossfire later when necessary. How much of a price reduction should I ask for if I got rid of the graphics card and DVD drive (outdated technology in my opinion)
May 18, 2009 7:34:00 PM

That is not under priced at all. I'm sure the seller is making a nice profit, even if he paid full retail for all the parts. I would never buy an expensive computer off craigslist. You have absolutely no warranty and no way to get your money back if it's faulty. At least with ebay, you have a money back protection from paypal and ebay.
May 18, 2009 7:38:42 PM

I have added them up to $1465 for CPU/MB/RAM/PSU/case/cooler.
Add the Blu-Ray (maybe $100) and $70 for a HDD and maybe $100 for assembly and overclocking, and CAD$ 1700 is already a good price even without a GPU.

Ask the seller to drop $250 from the price and keep the GTX 260 and the DVD, since that's how much they'd cost these days at NCIX.

May 18, 2009 7:40:53 PM

paulg1 said:
Well keep in mind, I'm BUYING it, not building it. I was thinking about asking him to leave out the graphics card, so I can put in my own higher end one.

EDIT: thanks cloud, good point. So is the PSU over powered, but 'not able to sli'? Although I prefer ATI cards so I'd probably buy a 4890 and crossfire later when necessary. How much of a price reduction should I ask for if I got rid of the graphics card and DVD drive (outdated technology in my opinion)



That 750W PSU is just fine for two HD 4890 cards.

I agree with orangegator about the warranty. What happens if the PC doesn't match the promised specs or doesn't work?

May 18, 2009 8:05:03 PM

Damn, now I've got the Forum Gigolo telling me to buy it, and an old hand telling me it's not worth it.

Thanks for the advice, I've decided to build my own, I'll post my build once I've decided on one
May 18, 2009 8:14:59 PM

Nevery buy anything off craigslist over $200...just my 2 cents man. You would rather get it off ebay or anywhere else for cheaper with almost or equal parts.
May 18, 2009 8:19:41 PM

It's most likely a good deal, but it mores comes to the warranty, if one thing breaks you are pretty much screwed and need to pay anyway. I say get new hardware, use combo deals (REALLY REALLY look around) and mail in rebates. You can post a topic here requesting a build if you want. Oh and plus it's craigslist. As Kill@dor said it's probably better to go with eBay, safer as well (in terms of people, you never have to see the seller, you know - crazy mother f*ckers out their.)
May 18, 2009 9:28:10 PM

philipV said:
It's most likely a good deal, but it mores comes to the warranty, if one thing breaks you are pretty much screwed and need to pay anyway. I say get new hardware, use combo deals (REALLY REALLY look around) and mail in rebates. You can post a topic here requesting a build if you want. Oh and plus it's craigslist. As Kill@dor said it's probably better to go with eBay, safer as well (in terms of people, you never have to see the seller, you know - crazy mother f*ckers out their.)

Well its not like the parts in that build are old...the i7 came out quite recently, and are at the beginning of their lifecycle. Maybe he reused a few parts in the build and you can clarify that with them if you want. I actually think its a decent deal, and would be tempted by it. For $1700 CAD that is a good build (if USD then it would be overpriced), and none of the components listed there would be suspect to failure IMO. That PSU could easily handle SLI GTX 260's if you wanted, you would just need a couple converters. Granted its not the best choice for a 750w PSU, but its not a bad one by any means. If you were unsure of yourself building your own PC then that would be a good option I think.
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