Groups

    Going to see a computer tomorrow...

    Banned
    So I'm going to see a computer tomorrow that i am going to buy 2nd hand.. wht pointer should i look out for, i already made it clear anything tht wasnt agreed upon , and I'll pull out... So like how can i also check all components are working , etc... im a bit of a noob! thanks

    95 Comments

    have fun

    Well if it boots the OS (windows etc) then generally the components are working, no saying how long for though

    Original Poster Banned

    lol i mean any tips ? cheers

    open it up, check the caps. avoid if any are bulging or leaking!
    http://www.auroracomputer.ca/images/bad_cap.jpg

    further testing on ram, hdd etc would require a boot disc and some knowledge of what you're doing..

    Original Poster Banned

    oh ok, where are these caps actually located on? or would i see them clearly once i open the case?

    kamalono

    oh ok, where are these caps actually located on? or would i see them … oh ok, where are these caps actually located on? or would i see them clearly once i open the case?



    on the motherboard.. you cant miss them.

    baconsandwich

    on the motherboard.. you cant miss them.



    Are you kidding me?? Do you really expect someone who knows nothing about computers to look at things like this?

    I would just check that it boots, and if it needs any recovery media to make sure it comes with it. Make sure the windows certificate of authenticity is stuck on it for the windows licence. And make sure the fans are not blowing on max all the time when you turn it on. Other than that, this must be a cheap pc because they are so cheap these days its hardly worth buying a used one!!

    Original Poster Banned

    would that mean the pc if completly busted or jst the motherboartd would need replacing? thaaanks

    baconsandwich

    open it up, check the caps. avoid if any are bulging or leaking!further … open it up, check the caps. avoid if any are bulging or leaking!further testing on ram, hdd etc would require a boot disc and some knowledge of what you're doing..


    Good advice with the caps, had to replace 1 with split bottom on my mobo last year, although it did show symptoms. Randomly cutting out.
    Op how much is computer and how old?

    Original Poster Banned

    According to seller: The CPU, fans, case, PSU, motherboard are about 3/4 months old. The GPU, RAM, HDD & DVD drive are about a year old.

    kamalono

    According to seller: The CPU, fans, case, PSU, motherboard are about 3/4 … According to seller: The CPU, fans, case, PSU, motherboard are about 3/4 months old. The GPU, RAM, HDD & DVD drive are about a year old.


    Shouldnt be much to worry about then. As long as it boots and runs properly.
    Computers can be unpredictable at times but the price of components these days if something does failncan usually be easily replaced.
    As long as your getting a good deal i wouldnt worry to much.
    Do you have spec?

    Original Poster Banned

    Case: Antec 300
    Case Fans: x3 120mm (2x Front, 1x Rear), x1 140mm (Top)
    CPU: AMD Athlon II X3 445 Processor @ 3.875GHz (1.45V, 52C under load)
    CPU Fan: Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro rev 2
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-MA770-UD3
    RAM: Kingston HyperX 4GB (2x2GB) 800MHz 4-4-4-12-2T
    GPU: EVGA 8800GT 512MB Superclocked Edition
    Optical Drive: Pioneer DVD-RW DVR-216D
    PSU: Antec TruePower New 550W Modular PSU
    HDD: WDC WD4000AAKS-22YGA0
    Monitor: Samsung SyncMaster 223BW 22" monitor

    £320

    Banned

    Make sure it has a working coffee cup holder


    http://assets.gearlive.com/blogimages/coffee-cup-holder.jpg

    Original Poster Banned

    Can someone confirm that? with the monitor? am i really getting bumped off? i tried looking for other deals, didnt find any better, as i cant also build

    kamalono

    Case: Antec 300Case Fans: x3 120mm (2x Front, 1x Rear), x1 140mm … Case: Antec 300Case Fans: x3 120mm (2x Front, 1x Rear), x1 140mm (Top)CPU: AMD Athlon II X3 445 Processor @ 3.875GHz (1.45V, 52C under load)CPU Fan: Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro rev 2Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-MA770-UD3RAM: Kingston HyperX 4GB (2x2GB) 800MHz 4-4-4-12-2TGPU: EVGA 8800GT 512MB Superclocked EditionOptical Drive: Pioneer DVD-RW DVR-216DPSU: Antec TruePower New 550W Modular PSUHDD: WDC WD4000AAKS-22YGA0Monitor: Samsung SyncMaster 223BW 22" monitor£320

    If as old as you say then the price is Fair.
    as you seem to come across as knowing nothing I like others can't help you much.What I would say is that you could tell the seller to download the Link below that will when he installs this programme it can tell you if it's overheating & if it is then don't buy it.You will know if it's overheating as it will show you the little Flames symbols.
    Read what it tells you so you understand the programme for tomorrow & you can even google it.It will take the guy no more than 2 minutes to download & run this very small programme & at least you will know if the Motherboard is going to go on fire or not.

    filehippo.com/dow…an/

    Original Poster Banned

    would that be prebuilt? I can't build... if so, can you provide link? cheers

    Its not that bad deal with monitor, just feel it could be better. Graphics card aint up to much. Cpu overclocked. Mobo uses old amd socket am2+ so no upgrade on cpu to newer models. Mobo also will only support ddr2 ram as fitted. Case is nicecand spacious, personally own it.
    What are you looking to get out this? Your not planning on gaming or anything?

    The Monitor alone sells at around £100 on ebay as I've sold 3 of them in the past & they all sold for £109 BIN delivered.

    Original Poster Banned

    I'm looking into a bit of gaming... Also i seen the GPU can go to £50 sold, so i cud rpelace with 5770 and tht wudnt be too large a difference no?

    Original Poster Banned

    But seriously if anyone has a better prebuilt model , then show me.. cos i tried finding one for weeks and cudnt find anything thats less than £350 , am looking to improve this pc bit by bit, i understand its not perfect for today's games

    I would not touch a home build pc with a barge pole, you never know who has put it together.

    kamalono

    I'm looking into a bit of gaming... Also i seen the GPU can go to £50 … I'm looking into a bit of gaming... Also i seen the GPU can go to £50 sold, so i cud rpelace with 5770 and tht wudnt be too large a difference no?


    Have you heard of europc? Google them, they sell refurbs for dell etc. Go to their site and have a look at the systems for your price range. Specs are quite a bit higher than one your thinking of and am3 and ddr3 so easily upgradable
    Http://europc.co.uk
    Edited by: "callum84" 4th Feb 2011

    Original Poster Banned

    soooo.... lol I might have left it a bit late, but I'll tell the guy no? Its defo not worth it? ok cheers... umm any ideas of what to tell him lol

    kamalono

    soooo.... lol I might have left it a bit late, but I'll tell the guy no? … soooo.... lol I might have left it a bit late, but I'll tell the guy no? Its defo not worth it? ok cheers... umm any ideas of what to tell him lol


    Tell him you had a few ppl who are clued up on computers tell you its not worth the money, see if he will budge on price
    Edited by: "callum84" 4th Feb 2011

    Original Poster Banned

    No, but i dnt need it anyway, got a spare one

    Original Poster Banned

    ok ok, lol thx guys, i will cancel .. hmm maybe a more dramatic explanation tho lol

    Really you want to run Prime95 or ask him to run it before you come so it can get a few hours under its belt and see how it goes. A few runs of 3DMark Vantage also to make sure the graphics card is okay.

    It will be pretty obvious if there is anything wrong, as Prime95 will either error or just make the computer crash. 3DMark Vantage will show artifacts if it has problems.
    Edited by: "PhearFactor" 4th Feb 2011

    Original Poster Banned

    ok well.. I Jst told the guy im cancelling, I wasn't feeling up to it tbh u guys are right, mayb i shud jst spend a bit more extra, but b sure im getting something tht will live... OK soooo anyone is the £395 version enough good, anything better?

    Original Poster Banned

    Dcx I obey to ur commands!! lol Is it ok to run most decent games today for instance?

    Case: Antec 300 £35
    Case Fans: x3 120mm (2x Front, 1x Rear), x1 140mm (Top)
    CPU: AMD Athlon II X3 445 Processor @ 3.875GHz (1.45V, 52C under load) £45
    CPU Fan: Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro rev 2 £10
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-MA770-UD3 £45-£50
    RAM: Kingston HyperX 4GB (2x2GB) 800MHz 4-4-4-12-2T £50
    GPU: EVGA 8800GT 512MB Superclocked Edition £35
    Optical Drive: Pioneer DVD-RW DVR-216D £10
    PSU: Antec TruePower New 550W Modular PSU £50
    HDD: WDC WD4000AAKS-22YGA0 £22
    Monitor: Samsung SyncMaster 223BW 22" monitor £80

    Using ebay Completed listings this is the Average price of all these items sold in recent weeks without postage being added & it Totals £387 So not a bad deal if it's as new as seller states.
    Seller maybe also given buyer the COA for Windows 7 ?

    Original Poster Banned

    OK yeh I'll spend a bit extra if it'll b worth it tbh... yh i won't buy till i get more confirmation

    Original Poster Banned

    Wheresmynuts... i already told him im cancellin, um tbh im scared tht the pc won't b upto scratch physically, and i wont notice it when i examine it, coz obv i knw nothing abt pcs...so i'll jst go new for majority of components if i can

    kamalono

    Wheresmynuts... i already told him im cancellin, um tbh im scared tht the … Wheresmynuts... i already told him im cancellin, um tbh im scared tht the pc won't b upto scratch physically, and i wont notice it when i examine it, coz obv i knw nothing abt pcs...so i'll jst go new for majority of components if i can

    Of course if you add more Money you will get a better PC,but the PC you where talking about I would say was a fair price & the seller was given a fair price.Good luck on your new project ;-)

    Original Poster Banned

    Guys... Seller was fine with it, tbh he thought he cud have gotten more lool!! He's offered me the monitor tho, what do you guys think? If i cud lower down the price to £70? would it be worth it and cud save me some bucks?

    kamalono

    Guys... Seller was fine with it, tbh he thought he cud have gotten more … Guys... Seller was fine with it, tbh he thought he cud have gotten more lool!! He's offered me the monitor tho, what do you guys think? If i cud lower down the price to £70? would it be worth it and cud save me some bucks?

    If he's splitting I would take the Monitor,PSU & the case for the new Project.

    Original Poster Banned

    I think he wants to re-sell the pc base as a whole, but he's offering me monitor.... Shall i get it?

    kamalono

    I think he wants to re-sell the pc base as a whole, but he's offering me … I think he wants to re-sell the pc base as a whole, but he's offering me monitor.... Shall i get it?

    Yes if it's in good condition & only £70 you will be very happy with it bud, trust me they are nice Monitors.

    What did dcx do to get suspended?

    Original Poster Banned

    can i post pics here? I can show u the 2 pics he sent, plus what he had to say about it?

    Original Poster Banned

    lool dcx got suspended! man, i was relying on tht guy to plan my nxt build! oh well..
    Post a comment
    Avatar
    @
      Text
      Top Discussions
      1. BT FIBRE EXISTING CUSTOMER810
      2. CAR QUESTION: Difference Between Lexus IS300 and Lexus IS300h?48
      3. Best laptop for a budget of £700?11
      4. Free EE data (contract)11

      See more discussions