Build Advice Is this a good deal? PRE BUILT


Dec 25, 2017

I was in the market for a pre built gaming pc, and I found a listing for £1,000 (specs below)

was wondering if this is a good deal or not ? It does look like one

I9 9900k
asus z390-f motherboard
Corsair dominator 16gb 3000mhz
Corsair h150i hydro cooler
Corsair 650w gold eater psu
NZXT h700i case
Samsung 250gb NVME M.2
Samsung 250gb 850 EVO ssd
Western digital 1tb black
Gigabyte gtx 1080
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1000 quid for that used PC is fair price since brand new parts cost double of that:

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: Intel Core i9-9900K 3.6 GHz 8-Core Processor (£454.38 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H150i PRO 47.3 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler (£148.00 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: Asus ROG STRIX Z390-F GAMING ATX LGA1151 Motherboard (£188.99 @ CCL Computers)
Memory: Corsair Dominator Platinum RGB 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory (£108.15 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive (£84.98 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Samsung 860 Evo 250 GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive (£58.87 @ Box Limited)
Storage: Western Digital Black 1 TB 2.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£69.98 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080 8 GB Mini ITX Video Card (£607.41 @ Amazon UK)
Case: NZXT H700i ATX Mid Tower Case (£149.99 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: Corsair TXM Gold 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply (£71.97 @ Laptops Direct)
Total: £1942.72
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-12-09 23:45 GMT+0000
1000 quid for that used PC is fair price since brand new parts cost double of that:
Eh, the system is likely a fine option for the money, but I wouldn't say it would be worth paying double that amount for new components with that level of performance at this point.

Keep in mind that the GTX 1080 is from the previous-generation of graphics cards and isn't being manufactured anymore, so its prices when buying new are no longer all that attractive. One could spend half as much as that graphics card (around £300 less) for an RTX 2060 or RX 5700 that would perform similar.

And for a gaming system, it would probably be better to put more of the budget toward the graphics hardware than toward such a high-end CPU and cooler, as CPU performance will tend to have significantly less of an impact on gaming performance in most titles. Spending £600 on a CPU and cooler while only spending an equivalent of £300 on a graphics card seems a bit unbalanced as far as allotting the budget of a new system would go. If one were building a new system, they could probably get away with spending around £200-£300 less on a CPU and cooler without noticing much effect on gaming performance.

I would also condense that £215 worth of SSD and HDD storage totaling 1.5TB into a single 2TB SSD like an Intel 660p for a bit less, while getting better storage performance, since all games would then be on SSD storage. Or another option would be to get a single 500GB SSD and a 2TB 7200RPM HDD for more storage with similar overall performance for close to £100 less. It would be possible to find better value options for some of the other components as well.

Again, that's not to say the hardware is a bad deal for £1000, and it's probably rather good for that amount, but if one were buying new components to build a system on their own, they could get pretty similar performance out of components totaling only a few hundred more, rather than double the amount.
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