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April 7, 2012 8:20:32 PM

Hey guys i am looking for a gaming machine that is around the $700-$900 price range and i found one on craigslist. It has been so long since i kept up with the current equipment that is needed for gaming, i am not sure if it is a good deal.

I mostly play WoW, CSS, Starcraft, League of Legends, and Valve games.

Here are the specs and link:

Parts include:

-I7 960 intel quad core cpu - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

-Sapphire Radeon 6950 2gb - http://www.google.com/products/catalog?q=sapphire+2gb+6...

-XION 1000 Watt Power Supply - http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

-ASUS P6X58D Premium Motherboard -  fficial&client=firefox-a&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=shop&cid=12189287362872311855&sa=X&ei=u4BbT_XOFoWR0QG46aSkDw&ved=0CEMQ8wIwAQ" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">http://www.google.com/products/catalog?q=asus+p6x58d+pr...

-Coolermaster HAF 932 case w/ Blue LED Fans (4 total, 1 120mm, 2 230mm, 1 140mm) - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

-Corsair Hydro H50 Water for the CPU -  fficial&prmd=imvnsr&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.,cf.osb&biw=1920&bih=986&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=shop&cid=1938506274029795641&sa=X&ei=coBbT8u6DMPV0QGzpfjkAw&ved=0CFMQxBUwAA" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">http://www.google.com/products/catalog?q=corsair+h50&hl...

-Western Digital Caviar 500gb Hard Disk Drive - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

- 8gb G. Skill RAM 1600mhz (2x4gb) - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Here is the link to the posting http://harrisburg.craigslist.org/sys/2898442725.html

TLDR: I am wondering if this is a decent price and what other questions i should ask about it.

P.S. I clicked to turn smileys off and it didn't work....

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April 7, 2012 9:00:24 PM

Pretty solid overall, but a bit outdated being that the 3rd gen Intel CPU's are on the horizon and that's a 1st gen. Here's a thread I helped out on, similar budget, just under 800, and it would be brand new.

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/341594-31-gaming
*Important to read to bottom because video card originally mentioned is not as good as one exchanged later*

I'm guessing you are not wanting to build yourself, and if that's the case, the Craigslist system is the way to go. Just make sure seller has it all setup and let's you take it for a spin first!
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April 7, 2012 9:15:58 PM

Actually, when i was in highschool (4-5 years ago) i worked in a computer repair shop putting together computers, so that wouldn't be a problem. It is just that i don't know the current technology out there when it comes to video cards and cpu's now, so i don't want to get and out of date system from day 1.

I am going to check out your thread and see where that takes me. Thanks.
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April 8, 2012 12:33:31 AM

Except for the Xion power supply ( that was never good ) that was a good computer, in December 2010. It's obsolete from a new build standpoint now though because of the newer LGA 1155 chips.

Try this.

DVD burner $17.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case with fans $70.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

1TB hard drive. $140.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

XFX HD 6870 $219 - $20 rebate = $200 With free Dirt 3 game.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OCZ ZS 550w power supply $79 - $20 rebate = $59.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

8GB DDR3 1333 $41.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Z68 Crossfire and Sli capable motherboard. Also upgradeable in the future to a faster Ivy Bridge processor if necessary. $129

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

i3 2130 $149.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit. $99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Total of $949.91 with $40 of rebates for a total of $909.91 and comes with a $50 game.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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April 8, 2012 1:05:45 AM

The CPU may technically be outdated, but it's still plenty relevant and you'll have a hard time finding a game that will make it work to it's potential. I'd say if he's asking $800, offer $700 with cash in hand, at that price it's a steal considering it was probably a $1500-2000 build. Even at $800 you'd never be able to match what he's built there. Just make sure everything is in good working order and one the GPU's hasn't crapped out or that there's some other major flaw with the system before buying.

EDIT: I misread the 2GB GPU as being 2x GPU's. Still not a bad deal at all though and should be capable of handling most all games on high/ultra at 1080p.
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April 8, 2012 7:48:40 PM

How should i test the system to make sure it isn't going to blue screen on me after an hour of playing. Obviously he wouldn't let me test that long.
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April 8, 2012 11:34:44 PM

That reason and the lack of warranty is why I would build a new one before I would buy used. You have no way of knowing if that chip was overvolted for a few years and about to die. It's also got a really bad power supply.

I also think it's a bit overpriced. It has good specs but a good rule for used computer parts is add up the price of them new and subtract 30% for the used factor. And that is pretty much for new parts. Just like when you drive a new car off the lot used computer parts lose their value as soon as you unbox them. For something a few years old like this build I would add up the new parts and subtract 50% and offer that. It's the only way it's worth the risk of not having a warranty.
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April 9, 2012 2:57:31 AM

If you have the skills to build one, take the specs I recommended for the other user and change out anything that won't work for you but overall it's a solid system in your price range. Again, use the later mentioned GPU.
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