So, my old PC is sputtering it's way to the trash heap and I'm in need of a newer one on a limited budget. So, after a bit of searching around I come across this an open box PC for sale, $212 when the normal price is $499.99.
Now, I realize there is some risk involved in purchasing an open box product. I would just like others' opinions on whether it's worth the risk to buy this PC at such a low price. I'm just sort of torn...the price is tempting, but it's like playing Russian roulette.
Lastly, I know some are going to say to buy my own parts and build one myself. Well, the price of prebuilt machines (the cheaper ones) has been lower than buying the parts to build one myself. I'm not looking for anything top of the line or cutting edge, just a more up to date machine than what I'm using now.
So, that's about it. Worth the risk, or not? I'd like your opinions!
P.S...I would provide a link but seeing as how this is my first post on MMO-Champ I'm unable. If you google CyberpowerPC Gamer Ultra 2082 it should be the third link on the very first page.
It sounds like an extremely fishy deal. What specifications are we talking though? You won't get much of a gaming computer for $200. And "the price of prebuilt machines (the cheaper ones) has been lower than buying the parts to build one" is so not true. The parts used in cheaper pre-builts are often of lesser quality or just outright bad. Sure, one can get lucky and strike a good deal once in a while, but the general rule is that assembling a computer yourself will always yield better equipment and better performance for the same price. Many on this forum can vouch for that.
Edit: Is this the computer you are referring to? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16883229254
It is definitely worth more than $200 even today, but it is fairly old hardware. I wouldn't be surprised if it was sold as second-hand for that amount, but it does sound a bit fishy. You should note that this is a pretty sub-par gaming machine.
Yeah, that was the PC I was referring to. On the plus side, if it did turn out to have a crippling defect or something, I can return it within 30 days for a full refund. Although, I'd have to pay the shipping fee.
As for building my own machine...I've looked into that before. The total cost of the parts+Windows 7 (running XP on this old comp) ends up being out of my price range which is around. My price range is around $450-$475. Also, I'm not looking for something that will run, say Battlefield 3, on max settings with 100 fps. I'd be happy for it to run my older games such as Left 4 Dead and WoW (and soon SwtoR) at higher settings which the machine I planned on buying should do.
However, if you have any advice on where I could find the parts within my price range I'm open to the idea.
Estimated price: $275. If you can salvage a case you could save $36. There is no listed HDD as those are extremely expensive as of yet. Add Windows 7 to that and you are up around $375, which leaves around $100-150 for a GPU.
He should try looking up his local freegeek for used parts. I used to go down there to get scraps to repair old machines.....Honestly that's a pretty bad machine. EVEN this stuff this guy above is linking, 50$ board...That's pretty bad. Look at the chokes on that. 2-6 phase power? Probably no overvoltage protection even. I bet it's even HIDDEN from you on their website. When you go down in build quality, things can explode, fail, and start on fire. That cyberpower PC could even be using ALL junk PCB materials. Low yield, no quality control other than to see it if turns on...If I had higher post count I would link you some electrical engineering videos on what it's like to design silicon devices and PCBs...It's almost like buying a guitar. Each board is different because machines that make them are not perfect....Good luck man hope this helped!
Hm, actually, I myself wouldn't purchase that Biostar mainboard, but it is alright and will definitely run (and most likely be better than most pre-builts in the same price-range). I would bump it up a bit, but as OP is on a strict budget it might not be possible.
A bit of an update...do you think I should try salvaging the case of my old PC? It's an old alienware (birthday gift from years ago) and the case is rather spacious. It's only real issue is that one of the headphone jacks has been messed up. Also, my power supply is fairly new (replaced last year) and is about the same as the one linked above. Basically I'm asking if I should just replace everything in this old thing except the PSU? I could salvage it's hard disk but...let's just say it's way too small and in dire need of an upgrade.
Also, my video card is a geforce 8600 GT, wondering if that's worth saving as well. If it is, I could save quite a bit by just upgrading everything else. I'm hoping that is the case.