Question Selling my Dell to fund a new build - opinions wanted

Remeca

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Hey TH, looking to bump up my gaming performance, by selling my Dell Optiplex 9020 and buying new and/or used parts. Just want to see what you guys think, and if I can get enough from the sale to build a new pc with better performance. Was thinking I could sell it for around $400, or a bit more depending on if they want a GPU, or if I throw in a SATA SSD. All funds are in CAD.

Optiplex Specs:
PSU: Stock Dell 290W
Storage: 500GB 7200 rpm hdd
GPU: Intel HD 4600, or R7 250 2GB DDR3 (+$25) or R7 260x (+$50)
CPU: i7-4770 (4 core, 8 threads) @ 3.4GHz, 3.9GHz turbo
Memory: 14GB DDR3 @ 1600MHz (4x4x4x2)
Chipset: Q87 Express

Right now I can game at 1080p 30fps locked medium-high settings in most AAA games (higher in esports games), or 60fps locked on low-medium. With no streaming or game recording, I'd like to get a locked 60fps medium-high at 1080p. I know I could get there with a new GPU, but that would require a new PSU and adapter, and maybe an ssd would be nice too, but I'm starting at a $0 budget, and don't really want to invest much in this old platform. I'd be fine with an AMD APU if it meets my needs, and can get a GPU down the road. Already have a monitor and kb/m. Thanks for any help about whether or not this is doable, or if I'm asking for too much from this 5 year old PC.
 

DSzymborski

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Hey TH, looking to bump up my gaming performance, by selling my Dell Optiplex 9020 and buying new and/or used parts. Just want to see what you guys think, and if I can get enough from the sale to build a new pc with better performance. Was thinking I could sell it for around $400, or a bit more depending on if they want a GPU, or if I throw in a SATA SSD. All funds are in CAD.

Optiplex Specs:
PSU: Stock Dell 290W
Storage: 500GB 7200 rpm hdd
GPU: Intel HD 4600, or R7 250 2GB DDR3 (+$25) or R7 260x (+$50)
CPU: i7-4770 (4 core, 8 threads) @ 3.4GHz, 3.9GHz turbo
Memory: 14GB DDR3 @ 1600MHz (4x4x4x2)
Chipset: Q87 Express

Right now I can game at 1080p 30fps locked medium-high settings in most AAA games (higher in esports games), or 60fps locked on low-medium. With no streaming or game recording, I'd like to get a locked 60fps medium-high at 1080p. I know I could get there with a new GPU, but that would require a new PSU and adapter, and maybe an ssd would be nice too, but I'm starting at a $0 budget, and don't really want to invest much in this old platform. I'd be fine with an AMD APU if it meets my needs, and can get a GPU down the road. Already have a monitor and kb/m. Thanks for any help about whether or not this is doable, or if I'm asking for too much from this 5 year old PC.
$400 CAD will be a tough sell with the 260x. Dell Optiplex mini-towers with a 3770/4770 and 16 GB of RAM are regularly on eBay.ca for under $300 CAD.

Given it's not a highly desirable configuration and the hassle of shipping and entire PC, you may do better just selling the 4770, the GPUs, and whatever of your memory is paired together, and sending the rest for recycling.
 
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Remeca

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I'd be selling locally, so I'm not worried about shipping. I guess it's a crapshoot if I'd actually get $400+, but it seems competitive for the local market. Say I did best case scenario, and sold the 9020 with the 260x for $450, plus maybe $20 for the 250, is that going to be enough to get a more modern platform with the performance I'm looking for?
 

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