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Windows 7: No money for new build, how about this second hand PC?

10 Dec 2014   #1
Jaakow22

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
No money for new build, how about this second hand PC?

I don't have money for a new build, even tho I asked already on the forum for a new build, but no money
The specs are:
CPU: Fx6300 3.5ghz 6core@stock
MBO: Gigabyte GA-78LMT-S2
PSU: Corsair VS650 650W 80+bronze
GPU: GTX 760 2gb gddr5
RAM: 8gb Kingston HyperX 1600mhz
HDD: 1TB Seagate Baracuda
CASE: Caugar BlackCase

How good is it? The price is ~470 , note that PC components are way more expensive in EU than in US so the price would be (if buying new components of the same build) ~1000 . So is it worth that money?


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10 Dec 2014   #2
shadow2201

Microsoft Windows 10 Professional 64-bit
 
 

I'd say that's worth the money. It's a solid all around computer, great components, and for 470 instead of 1000 for new, I'd say it's worth the buy.
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10 Dec 2014   #3
Jaakow22

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Actually the same new build PC is way less than 1000 €, it is ~600 €, that was a mistake
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11 Dec 2014   #4
MagusMagnus

7 Ultimate SP1 x64
 
 

3+1 phase VRM (Voltage Regulator Module) on that board. I really cannot recommend you stick with that board for anything in the FX-series. VRM is not just an important factor for overclicking and in this instance because of the fact that the older 3+1 phase VRM boards were designed for the old Phenom II's, not the new FX chips. You'd need, at the very least, a 4+2 VRM to stay on the safe side there. They are listing these FX chips as "supported" on older boards merely because they fit the same socket and that absolutely shouldn't be happening (there are people all over the net complaining about voltages being all over the place at stock with FX chips in really old AM3 boards - due precisely because of an inadequate VRM). The VRM, meanwhile, is really just is not good enough.

The VRM is the heart of your motherboard. If its not good enough for the hardware its regulating the voltage to, very bad things can and more often than not, will result eventually. If the VRM finally gives up trying to regulate more than it can really handle, its likely to take everything tied to it with itself. The VRM is the only thing preventing your CPU and RAM (at the very least) from frying. It's what converts the appropriate voltage to them from the full-bore of the PSU. Very crucial little thing.

That said, if you go for this, definitely ditch that board.

Otherwise, this deal is worth it for everything else. Provided, of course, its all working properly. Check it before you buy.

You'll love that 760. I have no complaints with my SC.


Ah, yes... and budget for another 2x4GB RAM kit identical to what that has. 8GB is no longer enough to meet muster even for general computing (I often find myself close to maximum more and more). Of course, you'll need to choose a board that has 4 slots and also supports that particular RAM as well. PCPartPicker.com will be of a great help to you there. And again, this is the VRM listing. Do use it.

P.S. If you want the ability to upgrade the CPU in the future without needing to buy another board again, you should aim for no less than an 6+2 phase VRM board. Optimally a 6+2+2 (like mine). That's for anything in the FX-8xxx or FX-9xxx.

In fact, I'd try and haggle that price down at least $50 because of the board.
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17 Dec 2014   #5
Jaakow22

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Thanks for the explanation, if it's like that then I would rather build a PC.
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