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Buying my first REAL gaming build, what do you guys think of it for the price?

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Posted · Original PosterOP

So I’m looking into buying a used gaming build, I’ve talked to the guy selling it and a friend of mine actually knows him and is good friends with him and the guy is very trustworthy and upfront about it. Everything works and is in great condition, only a few months old and used a handful of times. He’s throwing in a mouse, keyboard, and a monitor plus the computer for $400 total, including gas money I’m giving him to meet me halfway. What do you guys think? Good or bad, and why?

 

EDIT: what do you guys think games like GTA 5, PUBG and Arma 3 will be able to handle with this setup?

 

Pictures of PC and specs:

Specs:https://ibb.co/nzc0y0

 

Side of machine: https://ibb.co/bAhprL

 

Front of machine: https://ibb.co/mxaOkf

 

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I'd say $400 is fair.  If you were to build that machine from used parts, it would probably come out about the same if you didn't have 4 months to wait for the bottom dollar deals.


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3 minutes ago, Kwuiz said:

 

Perfectly fine for 1080p 60hz gaming

 

The case might have bad airflow if it's all closed off, you can just take off the front panel to fix that though.


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Just now, zombienerd said:

I'd say $400 is fair.  If you were to build that machine from used parts, it would probably come out about the same if you didn't have 4 months to wait for the bottom dollar deals.

That’s what I was thinking, I was looking at the parts online and figured it’d be better to buy it used from this guy for the price he’s offering me. And then go over it myself and see what needs small care like air dusting, thermal paste, if anything at all. 

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Yeah it seems like a fair deal. Should play 1080p fairly well, probably high settings on AAA titles.


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1 minute ago, Streetguru said:

Perfectly fine for 1080p 60hz gaming

 

The case might have bad airflow if it's all closed off, you can just take off the front panel to fix that though.

Thank you, didn’t really think about that. Now that you say it I might just buy a new case all around, how would I go about making sure my components would fit into a new case. Sorry for the amateur questions, still new to gaming desktops. Only had dumbed down “gaming” laptops. 

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Just now, Kwuiz said:

Thank you, didn’t really think about that. Now that you say it I might just buy a new case all around, how would I go about making sure my components would fit into a new case. Sorry for the amateur questions, still new to gaming desktops. Only had dumbed down “gaming” laptops. 

It's an Ibuypower, nothing is proprietary.  Just buy any ATX case that fits your fancy, if you're worried about it.


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Case: Corsair Carbide Air 540 

CPU: Ryzen 5 1600 @ 3.8ghz/1.3V 

Cooler: CoolerMaster MasterLiquid 240

MB: ASRock Killer SLI X370 

Ram: Team Vulcan 16gb DDR4 2400 

GPU: Dual XFX R9 390 8GB in Crossfire

PS: Seasonic FOCUS Gold Plus Series SSR-750FX

SSD: Samsung EVO 840 128gb 

HDD: Hitatchi 2tb 7200RPM + 3x 2TB WD Passport USB 3.0

Optical: Lite-On DVD +/-RW 

Monitors: Dual Acer 24" 1080 

Keyboard: IOgear Mechlite

Mouse: Logitech Wireless
OS: Windows 10 Home x64

 

Living Room PC:
Zalman T1, AMD FX 6300, Enermax 95mm tower cooler, Gigabyte Motherboard, 16GB Gskill DDR3, R9 280, Transcend 64gb SSD, WD 3TB Storage Drive, Samsung 56" 1080p TV

Laptop:

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1 minute ago, Kwuiz said:

Thank you, didn’t really think about that. Now that you say it I might just buy a new case all around, how would I go about making sure my components would fit into a new case. Sorry for the amateur questions, still new to gaming desktops. Only had dumbed down “gaming” laptops. 

Any ATX case will support the stuff, also the PSU might be low end, check the brand when you get it, will be fine for basic use though.

Wouldn't worry about your case or PSU though, save your money for a Ryzen 3000 upgrade early next year, probably about $300 since you already have DDR4, for 6 core CPU/Motherboard/better power supply.


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1 minute ago, Streetguru said:

Any ATX case will support the stuff, also the PSU might be low end, check the brand when you get it, will be fine for basic use though.

Wouldn't worry about your case or PSU though, save your money for a Ryzen 3000 upgrade early next year, probably about $300 since you already have DDR4, for 6 core CPU/Motherboard/better power supply.

Sounds like a plan, I’ll definitely keep that in mind, thank you. I also updated the post with a picture of the front of the machine. 

Front picture: https://ibb.co/mxaOkf

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3 minutes ago, Streetguru said:

It has mesh the airflow will be fine.

Perfect, also, how often should I get inside the machine and clean it with an air can and replace the thermal paste. I’ve heard every 3-4 months for a cleaning and 8-12 months for thermal paste all depending on how hot the CPU is running? Not sure though since I’ve heard multiple different answers. I’m definitely going to clean it as soon as I get it but going to see how hot it’s running before i decide to lay any thermal paste. 

 

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12 minutes ago, zombienerd said:

It's an Ibuypower

Watch the PSU, those IBP machines aren't known to ship with good units. They'll be fine for normal use, but be wary.

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4 minutes ago, Kwuiz said:

Perfect, also, how often should I get inside the machine and clean it with an air can and replace the thermal paste. I’ve heard every 3-4 months for a cleaning and 8-12 months for thermal paste all depending on how hot the CPU is running? Not sure though since I’ve heard multiple different answers. I’m definitely going to clean it as soon as I get it but going to see how hot it’s running before i decide to lay any thermal paste.

For dust, I usually try to get in at least every 6 months.

 

Thermal paste is when I start having problems with heat.

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7 minutes ago, Kwuiz said:

Perfect, also, how often should I get inside the machine and clean it with an air can and replace the thermal paste. I’ve heard every 3-4 months for a cleaning and 8-12 months for thermal paste all depending on how hot the CPU is running? Not sure though since I’ve heard multiple different answers. I’m definitely going to clean it as soon as I get it but going to see how hot it’s running before i decide to lay any thermal paste. 

 

Whenever it gets dusty basically. Thermal Paste shouldn't need to be replaced for years.

 

Whenyou change out the PSU probably go for a Seasonic Focus Gold unit, should be solid for the money, prices are a bit high atm.
 

PCPartPicker part list: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/4xbz8K
Price breakdown by merchant: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/4xbz8K/by_merchant/

Power Supply: SeaSonic - FOCUS Gold 650W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply  ($78.20 @ B&H)
Total: $78.20
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28 minutes ago, Streetguru said:

Whenever it gets dusty basically. Thermal Paste shouldn't need to be replaced for years.

 

Whenyou change out the PSU probably go for a Seasonic Focus Gold unit, should be solid for the money, prices are a bit high atm.
 

PCPartPicker part list: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/4xbz8K
Price breakdown by merchant: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/4xbz8K/by_merchant/

Power Supply: SeaSonic - FOCUS Gold 650W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply  ($78.20 @ B&H)
Total: $78.20
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-10-17 21:58 EDT-0400

The TX550M is $43 after rebate. RM750x is $79 after rebate.


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