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Everything posted by RyanMacRocks

  1. Thanks for the advice. Any mATX cases in the $50-$100 range you'd recommend?
  2. Gotcha, I figured 500 watts was cutting it a bit close but didn't want to spend an extra $30 to step up to an 80 plus bronze and higher wattage. I may do so now to be safer. Thanks!
  3. Budget (including currency): $600 - $1,000 (not including GPU or peripherals, I will be using my current 1070 Ti and dual 1080p monitors) Country: United States Games, programs or workloads that it will be used for: School (MS Office, Zoom, web browsing with 6-20 tabs) Light gaming (CS:GO, GTA V at 1080p 75 Hz) Hi, hope everyone is doing well. I was somewhat active on this forum a few years ago and have built quite a few older systems (dating back to Socket 775). However I have decided it is finally time to upgrade from my i7 4790 syste
  4. For sure, I'm buying it for the motherboards but this is just a bonus.
  5. True, hoping for a 7870 or something similar at best considering its dirt cheap. (they have a listing with like 3 AM3 motherboards and a couple 1155 motherboards and these boxes for $75)
  6. Found a Craigslist post advertising some miscellaneous PC parts. Hoping someone could recognize this style of box. Guessing it's a graphics card, but not sure what gen. It's a long shot, but let me know if anyone recognizes the box!
  7. I would add one of the quad or hexa core Athlon IIs and pair it with a GT 1030 or maybe a used 260x. The system is so old that it might be more economical to just start from scratch and buy a cheap used prebuilt with a i5 2400 or something and add a 1030. EDIT: Not sure if a 1030 will work or not. I have had issues with booting a RX 460 in a non-UEFI machine so I'm not sure exactly how that extends to nvidea cards and/or your board.
  8. $500-$700. Can't seem to find any for that price except for the Surface Laptop with 4 gigs of ram
  9. I've been doing some shopping to replace my slightly aging Acer Aspire E5 with a 5200u, but I can't seem to find a single 13" laptop with decent specs in the $500 range. My 5200u still runs decent enough but I'm tired of lugging around a bulky 15" laptop. There are dozens of 15.6" laptops with an i5 8250u and an MX150 for very reasonable prices considering the amount of value per dollar, yet the only 13" laptops I can find are things like the HP Spectre and Dell XPS 13" that run at least $900 for similair specs. (7200u or 8250u). Does anybody know of a laptop with decent specs (not a celeron o
  10. Sacramento, know of any good recycling places around here? I do visit the Bay area from time to time so that's an option too.
  11. The lowest end one would have a $15-$20 320 GB drive.
  12. I was going to have a couple of different tiers of PCs, probably the lowest end one with a 1st or 2nd gen i5 and an RX 460 for around $250 and then a higher end option for something like an i7, larger capacity hdd and a 1050 or 1050 Ti.
  13. That's a fair point, my only worry is that the shipping prices might begin to get kind of absurd relative to the cost of the computer.
  14. I'll definitely give that a try. I figured that hard drives would be something I would need, but I can get some 320 GB hard drives for around $20 each and I could even offer 1 TB HDDs or SSHDs as an upgrade option. Those are much more expensive though, usually around $50 for a TB HDD and $70 for a TB SSHD.
  15. OK, I'll have to keep my eye open then. Ideally I'd find a lot of 10 or so to start out with. I don't want to buy too many just to find out that I can't sell them. If they sell really well then I would even consider renting out a small little shop or something.
  16. Do you know where I could find information about the auctions? Is there like a big auction event or is it separately per business and I just have to get lucky to find out about it?
  17. I see. So I am left with either A) Obtaining a state license/legal contract where I assume I would have to agree to safely destroy hard drives and the like (unlikely) or B) Buy the PCs from a middleman recycling company for significantly more ($50-$200 per PC instead of $10-$50). Thanks for the input, I figured there might have been some kind of roadblock and that's why I haven't seen anyone do anything similar. I'll probably still try the second option though.
  18. Yeah that's a pretty good idea. I'd probably buy SSHD's since they do provide a noticeable difference for not too much more and make the computer that much faster (easier sale/happier customer). I've been trying to find a e-waste shop somewhere by me but I've had no luck (I live in Sacramento, CA). All of the used PC stores near me sell overpriced C2D laptops for ~$150 and I haven't found any with a significant amount of desktops.
  19. Never heard of it but I'll definitely check it out. Thanks!
  20. For sure! I figure probably $100-$150 per computer. Both good ideas, thanks guys for the feedback! I'm going to try flipping a few Craigslist PCs for profit over the next month or so and see how it goes, if it goes well then I might try to scale things up a bit and contact businesses. It seems completely possible, biggest issue would be the amount of time and money it takes to be able to buy dozens of computers and GPUs when you start with less than $1000.
  21. I would probably set up a large benchmarking table and test like 10-20 PCs at once for 24 hours or so at a time running Unigine Heaven or something similar (although hopefully something that puts more stress on the CPU too).
  22. So yesterday I found a fully working i5 2400 PC sitting in an e-waste pile and I started thinking about all of the perfectly working PC's that go to recycling centers where they are often just sent overseas or trashed, all because large companies upgrade their PCs every 3-4 years. Anyways, I started thinking, what if someone were to buy those computers off of companies that would gladly get rid of them (for around $10-50 per PC depending on the specs) and bulk order a ton of GTX 1050s/RX 460s and sell budget gaming PCs for console prices at a trustworthy store with a warranty for those that do