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December 27, 2009 2:26:48 AM

Hey guys, Merry Xmas (im a little late, o well)

Now to get down to business, i've been trying to sell my homebuilt computer on ebay without an OS (i have been useing win 7 beta) and it hasn't been selling. So i'm gonna throw a new OS on it and see if it helps selling it, heres the problem. I have a HP touchsmart TX2 that died because i spilled vodka on it one night and fried the whole computer, sent it in and they told me thats whats wrong. (i didnt know thats what happened when i sent it in) So can i use the VISTA 64bit CD key and install Vista 64 on my computer im trying to sell? If so how do i go about doing that? Torrent the vista ISO and use that CD key? Call microsoft and have them send me a CD?

Also, can i use that cd key to upgrade to win 7? or do i need a receipt?

Thanks alot guys!
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December 27, 2009 2:38:56 AM

OEM licence attached to a laptop/computer CANNOT be transfered legally, only Retail keys etc
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December 27, 2009 2:41:26 AM

I'm guessing your talking about the OS that came with the HP touchsmart? In that case that's an OEM disk and no you can't license that OS with any other hardware.

Lots of questions come up in my mind with this post

1. Why are you trying to sell your computer on ebay?
2. What are the specs of said computer?
3. Why don't you just put linux on it?
4. Why not just leave Win7 RC on it?
5. You don't have the Vista DVD for the OS for the HP touchsmart? Why?
6. The disk is probably an HP restore disk anyway... (not a question I know).
7. And you would know if you could upgrade to windows 7 using your Vista key if you had a coupon or rebate thing or something like that, that came with your laptop, we won't be able to answer that question for you.
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December 27, 2009 2:50:43 AM

Thanks for the help everyone!

Boonality the answers to your questions.

1. I need money for college
2. http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=1704...
(hope that works for you)
3. I dont know much about linux and its not that great of a selling point for the average ebay person.
4. I wanted to wipe the HDD so all personal information is off of it and i guess i can put it back on it.
5. Touchsmarts dont come with DVD's they just have a partition with the software on it.
6. Doesn't come with any disks, you have to make your own restore disks now.
7. I don't know anything about upgrading to Win 7, thats why i asked.
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December 27, 2009 3:06:32 AM

I can tell you just by looking at your ebay auction that your asking price is way too high, you can build it new for that. Also your shipping is double of what it should be.

but ultimately I think it's because I (also most people) would never buy a used computer online, too big of a liability.

And just FYI, posting your email address and phone number openly means you are going to get SPAMMED like a mother F*er. And you increase the risk of your identity being stolen a little bit too.
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December 27, 2009 3:21:11 AM

the asking price is way too high.

halve it, and it might sell.

it doesnt matter how little you say you've used it, people dont want to buy used perosnal computers unless they save a significant sum. you could easily have OCd this thing within an inch of its life (the watercooling tells them you may well have done) and it could break down within a month.

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December 27, 2009 3:24:28 AM

I see that you are right outside Chicago, use craisglist instead. You may get better results, but you really should only be asking about $500, maybe less.
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December 27, 2009 3:37:45 AM

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What psu is that? If you can ship to canada, I might be interested


I can ship to canada but shipping might be more.
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December 27, 2009 3:39:58 AM

boonality said:
I can tell you just by looking at your ebay auction that your asking price is way too high, you can build it new for that. Also your shipping is double of what it should be.

but ultimately I think it's because I (also most people) would never buy a used computer online, too big of a liability.

And just FYI, posting your email address and phone number openly means you are going to get SPAMMED like a mother F*er. And you increase the risk of your identity being stolen a little bit too.




I haven't gotten any spam, and that cell is a prepaid phone so cant really do much wt that, noone has called either.
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December 27, 2009 3:44:55 AM

Do you guys really think its that over priced? Can i do anything to make it a better value? The case itself i paid $300 for.
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December 27, 2009 3:59:02 AM

I think you should sell parts by itself, PII940 for about 130, gtx260 for 150,you'll probably get more money that way
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December 27, 2009 4:06:39 AM

As soon as you personally use a computer, total up the price you paid for the parts, cut it 50%-60%, and that's your asking price.

The only time you'll make a profit on a machine is if you literally put it together, install an OS, and then right away put it in eBay/Craigslist.
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December 27, 2009 4:08:14 AM

The_Prophecy your saying its like a car, and once i drive it off the lot its done for.
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December 27, 2009 5:13:41 AM

Because it is. Like cars, computers don't hold their value very well after being used. I haven't seen anyone else say "Everyone else here is a moron, you're asking the right price for that computer" yet, so why haven't you taken the hint?
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December 27, 2009 5:54:30 AM

With as fast as newer better parts come out, I would argue its worse then cars. The fact that no one has called or shown an interest is proof that its not priced right.
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December 27, 2009 6:13:25 AM

Exactly what the other guys are saying, electronics depreciate by 50% as soon as you open the packaging bud.
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December 27, 2009 12:43:50 PM

magruder13 said:
Do you guys really think its that over priced? Can i do anything to make it a better value? The case itself i paid $300 for.


When selling a complete PC, almost nobody cares about the case, for instance if you were building a PC with the sole intention to resell it then you would only buy something like a $50 case. Anyone who knows enough about cases will probably build their own PC.
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December 27, 2009 1:06:53 PM

I would consider selling the parts seperately but being made by HP means the components are probably cheapo's
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December 27, 2009 1:09:27 PM

Wait, I'm sorry. You moved the insides of an HP computer into a $300 case?

LOL!

Sorry, please forgive.
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December 27, 2009 1:13:00 PM

pete3867 said:
I would consider selling the parts seperately but being made by HP means the components are probably cheapo's



Uh, what?
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December 27, 2009 4:04:20 PM

boonality said:
Uh, what?




I think they forgot how to read, because they are all really confused.
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December 27, 2009 7:59:11 PM

it isnt the HP he's selling on ebay. keep up.
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