domingo, 18 de junio de 2017

On buying used hardware pc building site custom pc builder

This may be a long read but any people are skeptical about purchasing used hardware and tend to drift away from it or have had a bad experience using the hardware. A lot of people want to stretch their dollar as much as they possibly can so I wanted to share with you guys what I believe is my best guide for buying used or older hardware.

First off I would recommend you at least understand how to build a computer. If you were to start off with a basic computer (2c/4t), then I would recommend buying used if you really want to stretch your money.

Buying used hardware can help a $500 build go a long way. Here are what I recommend buying used and what to never buy used:

  • A processor is by far one of the most durable things to last. I still have processor from 2007 doing great. If you are to get a picture/video of it running, chances are the CPU is fine. If the CPU is in one piece it is most likely fine as well

  • The memory/RAM is most likely fine as long as it's in one piece but having evidence will help! Also knowing the difference between DDR/2/3/4 is important as well. Do be worried about RAM errors, I would recommend a MEMtest as soon as you receive it.

  • A PC case can almost always be bought for cheap because people just want them gone! Make sure you have seen it and it's in good shape. Other than having some discussing dust and what not, a case should be fine. Usually you could just clean it or even modify it yourself. I recently got a Phanteks Luxe Ethoo for $20 since the guy was gonna throw it away.

  • A graphics card can almost always be bought used. Usually buying a used GPU can save a lot of money. I see 980s and 970s going for $180/$140 respectively quite often and as long as their is no fan problems it should be fine. Run some test and record temps! Newer GPUs most likely have a transferable warranty so all you need is the serial number and depending on which company it is, you can get an RMA going. Sometimes older GPUs need to have their thermal pads replaced which is much easier than one would think. Just be wary that no one is selling a dead GPU. Some people mine with them and I noticed they don't check if they work before selling.

  • Air coolers, as long as they have all the hardware, can be bought. Just make sure you have some thermal paste with you :)

  • Peripherals like monitors, keyboards, and mice and usually be judge with a simple picture. If you are buying one of these, you can usually inspect them before buying. I managed to find a Razer Blackwidow Ultimate for $4 however knowing some people, I would recommend cleaning the Mouse/Keyboard. Also always check for dead pixels, many people sell their monitors cheap and you don't want to be stuck with one.

  • An SSD is tough, as long as the CDI is good, and the connector is fine you should have little to no problems.

Now here are the ones you should thin about before purchasing:

  • Motherboards. I have bought a couple that just didn't work. The biggest problems with motherboards is usually the pins. If you can get a clear picture of them and see no unusual pins it should be fine. The motherboard may require some troubleshooting and can just be a pain in many cases. Sometimes the DIMM slots also don't work unfortunately and would require you to use usually only half of them. If you can find a deal make sure you have some sort of backup to ensure it works. I am not trying to sway you though! Some of the best deals are motherboard/cpu combos!

  • Fans and Watercoolers tend to get older and sometimes aren't as reliable. I would also recommend testing a water cooler outside of the case to ensure there is absolutely no leaks. Fans also tend to have the baring start to break down if they are older.

  • For a HDD, run a CDI to ensure it works. That's usually the best indicator on life expectancy. But be wary of any ticking.....

  • I would recommend not buying an used PSU if it does not have a decent warranty. Most warranties are transferable so make sure you check beforehand or else you will have no support. With the recent pricing, I would honestly buy a new one to avoid any problems.

We have the basics down, but now it's all about how you buy them now. I recommend trying to look locally first. I've seen some people selling stuff at low prices just because they need some cash. I would recommend Offerup, Craigslist, and your local Facebook market. I tend to avoid PC part stores as they try to sell parts for the same exact price as a newer one or even try to sell used parts at a higher price then a store like Amazon.

If the seller seems haste when you ask them questions, then they either have no clue what they're selling or are not trying to sell you something that works...

If you are trying to avoid meeting people in real life, I would recommend using /r/hardwareswap or eBay for people in the US. Usually this means you can use Paypal and you can be protected if anything happens.

Also be on the lookout for sales on /r/buildapcsales ;) that's another topic

I bought everything except my PSU used. I am running a Xeon E5-1620v3, Carbon x99a Pro-Gaming with a AMD 7850 (not the best GPU but it works) and 9tb of storage with a 250gb SSD. I spent around $350 for it, but since I love switching out and thinking about getting an itx system you might see them for sale soon.

If you have any questions then please ask! Sorry if there are some mistakes. I would like some input as well! Just remember some things unfortunately happen but shouldn't stop you from trying.

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