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Which One of these Configurations is the Better Value? Or are Both of them Bad?

Budget (including currency): $250 to $300

Country: USA

Games, programs or workloads that it will be used for: Entry level Gaming at 1080p

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I am planning on Building three systems with some old Xeons and DDR3 RAM to sell in my area. One will have 8 GB of RAM and the other choice has 16 GB of RAM. I am wondering which of the two builds is the better value or if it is even worth it to buy the parts.

 

The first idea I have will be sold for $300 and costs about $270 to build:

 

Xeon E3-1271 v3: 3.6 GHz

Asus H87M-PLUS (4 slots for memory)

500 GB HDD @ 7200 RPM

16 GB of DDR3 @ 1600 MT/s

RX 550 2GB

 

 

The Second one I have an idea for would be sold at $250 and costs about $225 to build:

 

Xeon E3-1231 V3: 3.4 GHz

Asus H81M-E (2 slots for memory)

500 GB HDD @ 7200 RPM

8 GB of DDR3 @ 1600 MT/s

RX 550 2GB


I also am wondering if using a stock cooler for the Xeons would work since I have a lot of them. As for not using 8 GB modules for the ladder one, they are hard to find and often expensive. Although I did just find a listing on eBay for several of them for $20 each.

 

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It doesn't make any sense to spend that much money to make $20ish. That's if you can even sell them for that.

Current PC:

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CPU: Intel i3 4160 Cooler: Integrated Motherboard: Integrated

RAM: G.Skill RipJaws 16GB DDR3 Storage: Transcend MSA370 128GB GPU: Intel 4400 Graphics

PSU: Integrated Case: Shuttle XPC Slim

Monitor: LG 29WK500 Mouse: G.Skill MX780 Keyboard: G.Skill KM780 Cherry MX Red

 

Budget Rig 1 - Sold For $750 Profit

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CPU: Intel i5 7600k Cooler: CryOrig H7 Motherboard: MSI Z270 M5

RAM: Crucial LPX 16GB DDR4 Storage: Intel S3510 800GB GPU: Nvidia GTX 980

PSU: Corsair CX650M Case: EVGA DG73

Monitor: LG 29WK500 Mouse: G.Skill MX780 Keyboard: G.Skill KM780 Cherry MX Red

 

OG Gaming Rig - Gone

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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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1 minute ago, dizmo said:

It doesn't make any sense to spend that much money to make $20ish. That's if you can even sell them for that.

I don't really care about making that much money off of these as long as I am not losing it. I am doing this more as a fun hobby and as a service to my community.

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1 minute ago, Ykcud said:

I don't really care about making that much money off of these as long as I am not losing it. I am doing this more as a fun hobby and as a service to my community.

If you want to do it as a service why not just buy old prebuilts and flip them for $10 profit each? Less work, less risk, cheaper for the end user. 

Current PC:

Spoiler

CPU: Intel i3 4160 Cooler: Integrated Motherboard: Integrated

RAM: G.Skill RipJaws 16GB DDR3 Storage: Transcend MSA370 128GB GPU: Intel 4400 Graphics

PSU: Integrated Case: Shuttle XPC Slim

Monitor: LG 29WK500 Mouse: G.Skill MX780 Keyboard: G.Skill KM780 Cherry MX Red

 

Budget Rig 1 - Sold For $750 Profit

Spoiler

CPU: Intel i5 7600k Cooler: CryOrig H7 Motherboard: MSI Z270 M5

RAM: Crucial LPX 16GB DDR4 Storage: Intel S3510 800GB GPU: Nvidia GTX 980

PSU: Corsair CX650M Case: EVGA DG73

Monitor: LG 29WK500 Mouse: G.Skill MX780 Keyboard: G.Skill KM780 Cherry MX Red

 

OG Gaming Rig - Gone

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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7 minutes ago, Ykcud said:

HDD

ssd instead

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1 minute ago, dizmo said:

If you want to do it as a service why not just buy old prebuilts and flip them for $10 profit each? Less work, less risk, cheaper for the end user. 

I do that as well.

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5 minutes ago, Ykcud said:

I do that as well.

Why would someone spend twice the money for basically the same machine? 

Current PC:

Spoiler

CPU: Intel i3 4160 Cooler: Integrated Motherboard: Integrated

RAM: G.Skill RipJaws 16GB DDR3 Storage: Transcend MSA370 128GB GPU: Intel 4400 Graphics

PSU: Integrated Case: Shuttle XPC Slim

Monitor: LG 29WK500 Mouse: G.Skill MX780 Keyboard: G.Skill KM780 Cherry MX Red

 

Budget Rig 1 - Sold For $750 Profit

Spoiler

CPU: Intel i5 7600k Cooler: CryOrig H7 Motherboard: MSI Z270 M5

RAM: Crucial LPX 16GB DDR4 Storage: Intel S3510 800GB GPU: Nvidia GTX 980

PSU: Corsair CX650M Case: EVGA DG73

Monitor: LG 29WK500 Mouse: G.Skill MX780 Keyboard: G.Skill KM780 Cherry MX Red

 

OG Gaming Rig - Gone

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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3 minutes ago, dizmo said:

Why would someone spend twice the money for basically the same machine? 

Nobody is selling prebuilds in my area right now. If this is a bad idea, I will just not buy these parts.

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Im also considering dabbling in selling computers though ill prob focus more on ultra cheap at first to actually test if theres a demand and see if they sell

 

If they dont sell you need to lower prices

If they sell pretty well then you may wanna raise prices slightly

 

 

Honestly i think you should try some cheaper options like upgrading and flipping prebuilts for a profit

 

Ive considered prebuilts but for some reason i can just build my own systems for the same price (considering that in a prebuilt ill prob discard the psu, cooler, etc.) But your situation may differ so if you can find a dirt cheap optiplex with a 2nd , 3rd, or even 4th gen, then consider flipping those at first

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