Hi, i'm going to be building myself a new computer shortly and a friend actually suggessted that i build a computer or two and sell them on ebay to get some extra money for the system. my question is what do you think i could sell the following system for? after overclocking, etc. Do you think i would have any problems selling it? have you ever done anything like this before? i'd love to hear your advice, opinions, etc.
All of those parts + shipping + case lighting total up to: $823.88
The fees for ebay (includes listing fee and final value fee, and shipping insurance, & proof of delivery) are $55.70
So I would need to sell the system for at least $879.58 just to break even. How much do you think i could charge to get some profit off of it? (i know that could depend on the final clock speed, and benchmark results) I'm just looking for a rough estimate.
Like i said any opinions and thoughts are much appreciated!
I actually work part time in a small custom PC shop when I'm not at my usual job at fry's or going to school. The owner of the shop tried exploring ebay with pre-built PCs for a good year, before finding it unprofitable due to the nature of the consumers actually on ebay. First, looking at your specs tells me you won't appeal to gamers. The old 775 socket doesn't cut it with the i5/7 craze. Also, your video card is old tech. and any gamer who has done 10 minutes of research before going on ebay will know that.
I apologize and not to be harsh, but I personally think you will have a hard time selling it, so IMO take what you can. $1000 $950, whatever you can get. The business consumer will opt. for a cheap $400-500 pre-built HP or Dell, etc. Most college students purchase a laptop. Gamers will built their own rig or buy from a reputable online builder like ibuypower or the newly established ballistic gaming. Not to mention everyone else getting a Mac. In addition, the value-going stragglers on eBay will be turned off by your rig's price tag.
If you don't have the rig already, don't do it. That is my advice from personal experience. Trying to go solo without a designated customer is hard. If you would like to use your skills to make money, see about finding a customer before the built. That way, your client has more flexibility in picking components and you can work out a commission without taking a big gamble.