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February 7, 2013 7:50:56 AM

My friend is trying to sell me his "best gaming desktop" since he knows mine is having problems, I've had mine for a few years and it's a laptop anyway, so I considered taking him up on his offer. He says he built it himself, and he wants to sell it for a bit more than $1,500. I told him I wasn't going over $2,000 since I have some money to waste. He gave me these specs, but it seems like I might getting jipped somewhere. I've heard he cheated out a few people before, But he's my friend and I don't think he would but it's always good to check first. I'm looking to do some heavy gaming since I haven't gotten too much of it, Things like Crysis 2 and Battlefield 3. Here are the specs, let me know if anything he's trying to hand off isn't going to be incompatible or a waste.

Overclockable Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHzm 3.9GHz Turbo Boost (4 core)
Cooling: COOLER MASTER GeminII S524
Motherboard: ASUS P8Z77-V LX SATA 6Gb/s [R DDR3 Slots] w/USB3
RAM: 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600MHz
1TB 7200 Harddrive
Nvidia Geforce GTX 670 2GB
Standard 700 Watt power supply and Windows 7.

Any of this seem odd?

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February 7, 2013 7:56:51 AM

Yes, hes trying to bend you over, sorry to say that about your friend.

Here's those parts brand new for less :/ 

Also, this rig is overdone for gaming, you could get a much better one for a similar if not cheaper price.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master GeminII S524 77.7 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($32.92 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LX ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($76.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: PNY GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($339.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling Silencer MK III 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1055.79
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-07 05:08 EST-0500)
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February 7, 2013 8:00:43 AM

I hate to hear that. Oh well, gives me motivation to learn how to build my own. Thank you for the help!
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February 7, 2013 8:05:04 AM

Yea, you very much should, it's a good thing to learn and you'll be able to get a much cheaper rig than buying from the shops that'll still perform as good but most likely, even better.

It's also a very simple thing to do, check out youtube or do a google search and you'll find plenty of instructional videos.

If you want any help choosing components just let me know and i'll help out.
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February 7, 2013 9:01:49 AM

Going to need some more complete specs before I can pass judgement, like the brand and model of the PSU ("standard" sounds like generic to me) and case model. As well as a few other things like the components age, if any of its been overclocked (especially over-volted) and case condition which will lower the value.

But I agree with Mike, from what you'v told us, it does seem as if he's trying to sell the system for more than its worth. Computers don't age well unfortunately, the value of 2nd hand systems fall very fast.
If you could haggle your friend down to $1000 it might be worth looking at if it has a decent case and PSU. If not, closer to $800 which will leave you room to get those replaced.

For a rig similar to Mike suggested, I would say realistically it would be ~$1400 new. Because you are going to want a better case, graphics card model, bigger PSU and most likely an SSD on a rig like that.
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February 7, 2013 9:07:50 AM

manofchalk said:


For a rig similar to Mike suggested, I would say realistically it would be ~$1400 new. Because you are going to want a better case, graphics card model, bigger PSU and most likely an SSD on a rig like that.


Just to clarify i wasn't suggesting that rig, just indicating the cost of the components he mentioned, the PSU, case and lack of SSD is cos i was just editing another build i already had open :) 
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February 7, 2013 9:21:45 AM

I'd probably go for something like this

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LX ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($76.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($114.00 @ Adorama)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($324.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (Titanium Grey) ATX Mid Tower Case ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1196.84
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-07 06:21 EST-0500)
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