So I’m building on a budget and have seen some second hand parts going, what parts are okay to buy second hand and what should I advoid and buy new?
Thansk in advance.
Thansk in advance.
What is your actual budget and use? "used parts" is not always the answer.So I’m building on a budget and ...
I’ve already sorted my SSD and HDD ( I wouldn’t want a second hand one ) and GPU was going to be the main thing I buy second hand.Avoid:
Storage devices. SSD or HDD
GPU is suspect, due to the recent glut of ex-mining devices.
However...ALL used parts are a gamble. There are many, many scammers out there, just waiting to take advantage of the unsuspecting.
How will you test these used parts?
What is your actual budget and use? "used parts" is not always the answer.
I’m fairly new to PC building so in my naivety I thought it did.Why the motherboard?
Generally, that imparts no performance increase.
And that brings another potential level of complexity - Proprietary Dell Optiplex.I’m fairly new to PC building so in my naivety I thought it did.
I currently have a dell e93839 ka0121, so I thought getting a newer one would be better however it has the right socket and enough ram slots so I guess I don’t need to worry about that.
I have:And that brings another potential level of complexity - Proprietary Dell Optiplex.
A standard ATX motherboard might not work with the Dell case. So add that. And of course a new PSU.
Rather than asking about new or used....lets back up a few steps.
What parts do you have? Specific make/model, please.
How is it lacking in performance?
What parts are you hoping to keep?
What is the overall budget? £200
What do you use this for?
At this point, you really want to look into a whole new system.I have an SSD arriving soon to put my os on
And that’s annoying - how do I check if 1) my case is awkward and doesn’t support normal ATX motherboards 2) if a new PSU is compatible with my current motherboard ?
So worse case scenario is I have to get a new case, motherboard, gpu and PSU?
I’ve just done a bit of research and I think that the PSU I have is a normal one - am I right I’m thinking that this means I should be able to change the GPU and PSU with no problem?In order of change:
Your main issue is your current config...the proprietary Dell. Changing anything except the HDD for an SSD leads to changing just about everything. Which would be outside your budget...
- SSD for the OS and applications and maybe a game or two.
- GPU. This, however, probably requires a new PSU. Which may dictate a new motherboard. Which may dictate a new case.
Okay thank you !My opinion:
If You don't wan't to change PSU, just buy GTX 1050 ti , and You should be fine. 1050ti doesn't draw much power.
This is the only upgrade You need if it comes to gaming and this is as far as it goes with Your current PSU. You can buy used 1050ti for about 50 pounds.
The other suggested upgrade is SSD for system drive ofc.
Well, yep, sorry for that, i'm located in Poland, so maybe the prices are different here. If the prices "2nd hand vs new" are similar, then go for new card.I was planning on buying a 1050ti - where are you finding them for £50? Everywhere I’ve looked they’re around £100 even second hand.
Well, there's something like 'local sales/announcements' website here, so usually i look for things there. Things like ebay and stuff are usually a bit more expensive.where are you finding them for £50?
Ah okay fair enough, I’ve just found some for £50 but they’re single fan ones (I’m being a bit of an idiot here but what’s the actual difference between the different 1050ti’s?)Well, yep, sorry for that, i'm located in Poland, so maybe the prices are different here. If the prices "2nd hand vs new" are similar, then go for new card.
If second hand is 40-60% cheaper than new, then go for 2nd hand. What's important here is valid warranty. Make sure the card has it.
As for SSD system drives, my suggestion is: Crucial MX500 250GB
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