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Things to when buying 2nd hand hardware on sites like(similar) to Craigslist

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Posted · Original PosterOP

I am not form the US and I used only Craigslist as an example because it is the only buy and sell service I know overseas. I am planning to buy an used RX 570, a motherboard, and a laptop(not for me) on Facebook Market place and Carousell or local stores(last option). 

What are the things I should do to test these 2nd hand items? 

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3 minutes ago, 5GigaaHertz said:

I am not form the US and I used only Craigslist as an example because it is the only buy and sell service I know overseas. I am planning to buy an used RX 570, a motherboard, and a laptop(not for me) on Facebook Market place and Carousell or local stores(last option). 

What are the things I should do to test these 2nd hand items? 

Ask what they have been used for and do some benchmarks and compare to what others have got in the case of results (also is that korone in your pfp?


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Just now, Kanna said:

also is that korone in your pfp?

I see you are man culture as well...

1 minute ago, Kanna said:

Ask what they have been used for and do some benchmarks and compare to what others have got in the case of results

what about motherboards though? it seems hard to check if the motherboard is in good condition.

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Just now, 5GigaaHertz said:

I see you are man culture as well...

what about motherboards though? it seems hard to check if the motherboard is in good condition.

Test all the DIMM slots if you have 4 sticks of RAM and check the socket for bent pins and check if there are not burn marks or damage in the PCIe slots


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If the price seems to good to be true and they won't let you test it, walk away.

 

I also recommend you bring a USB with a live Linux distro on it with some basic stress-testing software installed on it.


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1 minute ago, kelvinhall05 said:

If the price seems to good to be true and they won't let you test it, walk away.

 

I also recommend you bring a USB with a live Linux distro on it with some basic stress-testing software installed on it.

how many gigs does that Linux use? i only have a 4GB spare flash drive

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Just now, 5GigaaHertz said:

how many gigs does that Linux use? i only have a 4GB spare flash drive

Should be plenty. Use a light distro though.


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CPU: Xeon X5650 OC'd to 4.4GHz @ 1.36V (courtesy of @XR6) Motherboard: Asus Sabertooth X58 RAM: 4x4GB G.Skill DDR3 1866MHz GPU: Asus RX 570 Strix Storage: WD Blue 1TB and a 128GB Kingston UV400 PSU: EVGA 600B Case: Fractal Design Define C Monitor: 3x Dell P2210 on a Steelcase Eyesite triple monitor stand Mouse: Logitech G403 Prodigy Wireless Keyboard: It changes, but usually Focus FK-9000 Mousepad: Steelseries QcK XL Headphones:  Sennheiser HD598SE

 

 

 

 

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1 minute ago, kelvinhall05 said:

Should be plenty. Use a light distro though.

i forgot to ask, what should i do with it? sorry

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Just now, 5GigaaHertz said:

i forgot to ask, what should i do with it? sorry

At the very least to prove it boots. Some stress tests might be nice to have.


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CPU: Xeon X5650 OC'd to 4.4GHz @ 1.36V (courtesy of @XR6) Motherboard: Asus Sabertooth X58 RAM: 4x4GB G.Skill DDR3 1866MHz GPU: Asus RX 570 Strix Storage: WD Blue 1TB and a 128GB Kingston UV400 PSU: EVGA 600B Case: Fractal Design Define C Monitor: 3x Dell P2210 on a Steelcase Eyesite triple monitor stand Mouse: Logitech G403 Prodigy Wireless Keyboard: It changes, but usually Focus FK-9000 Mousepad: Steelseries QcK XL Headphones:  Sennheiser HD598SE

 

 

 

 

i use arch btw

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2 minutes ago, 5GigaaHertz said:

how many gigs does that Linux use? i only have a 4GB spare flash drive

One of the beauties of Linux is it’s so old there was a time when 4gb was huge.  Many linuxes were built to do what was called a liveCD which means 500meg even the liveDVD stuff should fit on a 4gb no problem.  It’s possible not all will fit these days but there are many flavors of Linux around.  Something will fit.


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22 minutes ago, kelvinhall05 said:

If the price seems to good to be true and they won't let you test it, walk away.

 

I also recommend you bring a USB with a live Linux distro on it with some basic stress-testing software installed on it.

To be fair, not being able to test something doesn't mean that it's broken. I sell tons of items every month, and I never let anyone test them; you're a stranger, I'm not inviting you into my home.


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4 minutes ago, dizmo said:

To be fair, not being able to test something doesn't mean that it's broken. I sell tons of items every month, and I never let anyone test them; you're a stranger, I'm not inviting you into my home.

I should've worded my statement better. My point was that if the deal seems too good to be true and the whole situation and person is very sketchy about details and testing or whatever, I would just walk away.


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SPECS:

CPU: Xeon X5650 OC'd to 4.4GHz @ 1.36V (courtesy of @XR6) Motherboard: Asus Sabertooth X58 RAM: 4x4GB G.Skill DDR3 1866MHz GPU: Asus RX 570 Strix Storage: WD Blue 1TB and a 128GB Kingston UV400 PSU: EVGA 600B Case: Fractal Design Define C Monitor: 3x Dell P2210 on a Steelcase Eyesite triple monitor stand Mouse: Logitech G403 Prodigy Wireless Keyboard: It changes, but usually Focus FK-9000 Mousepad: Steelseries QcK XL Headphones:  Sennheiser HD598SE

 

 

 

 

i use arch btw

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7 minutes ago, dizmo said:

To be fair, not being able to test something doesn't mean that it's broken. I sell tons of items every month, and I never let anyone test them; you're a stranger, I'm not inviting you into my home.

Statement wasn’t call the cops.  It was just walk away.  Got to test stuff.  If the person won’t let you test it will come up in the intitial phone call and everyone saves time.


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52 minutes ago, kelvinhall05 said:

I should've worded my statement better. My point was that if the deal seems too good to be true and the whole situation and person is very sketchy about details and testing or whatever, I would just walk away.

I find if it seems too good to be true, and they don't know much about it, it's probably stolen 😂

Usually still a good deal, but only if you support that kind of thing, and don't mind meeting someone who's going to be tweaking.

48 minutes ago, Bombastinator said:

Statement wasn’t call the cops.  It was just walk away.  Got to test stuff.  If the person won’t let you test it will come up in the intitial phone call and everyone saves time.

Nor was mine ;)
I don't let anyone test things. I know they work, if that's not good enough for them, then they can move on. I've only "lost" out on 2 sales because of this.


Current PC:

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*WORK IN PROGRESS*

 

Mothballed PC:

Spoiler

 

CPU: Intel i5 4690k Cooler: Corsair H100i V2 Motherboard: MSI Z97i AC ITX

RAM: Crucial Ballistix 16GB DDR3 Storage: Kingston Fury 240GB GPU: Asus Strix GTX 970

PSU: Thermaltake TR2 Case: Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ITX

Monitor: Dell P2214H x2 Mouse: Logitech MX Master Keyboard: G.Skill KM780 Cherry MX Red

 

 

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