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eve
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Want to sell laptop | Build PC

2 parter!

1) I want to sell my laptop. It's a Sony VAIO i7 with a GT 540 M and 6 GB of RAM. It's served me well but I just think I want a desktop.

Anyone have any ideas on how best to sell it? Ebay? Craigslist? Some other website? Do you think it's possible to get around 700-800 for it?

2) Building off of Question #1, I want to build a desktop. It'll be used primarily for just random web surfing but it'll also be used for WoW and some other semi-graphic intensive games (CoD, for example). I'd like to only spend about $2-300 of my own money so if you think I can get the 700-800, can you build me a good system with $1000ish?

The $1000 should include everything. Monitor, keyboard, mouse included. I have an SSD already and an external. I barely use them up so, for now, you can exclude a HD from the cost of the machine.

Thanks in advance!


Rifleman
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Be prepared to take a large hit when you try to sell it. I had an MSI with the I7 and GTX 570M. I paid 1700 with taxes in March and just sold it for 750. I had it listed for a long time. My models still sells in the 1200 range plus tax.


eve
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I purchased it in the $1200 range. And, yeah. I was expecting to take a large hit. I believe I got an offer on some website for $700 a month or two ago.

And, I edited the first post. I think the max cost I'd like to spend is $1000.


eve
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I came up with this build: »pcpartpicker.com/p/pe0b

I do have a quick question. Can I simply take the SSD currently in my laptop and hook it up to the new built PC and it'll work just like that?


Krisnatharok
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said by eve:

I do have a quick question. Can I simply take the SSD currently in my laptop and hook it up to the new built PC and it'll work just like that?

Yep. You might want to do a quick format on it (do NOT do a full-zero write) and install a fresh copy of windows.

Thoughts on the build: Overall it looks good. You picked generally good components, but I do have some comments:

• Do you want any data drive? I doubt 1 SSD will be enough for all your storage needs. I'd grab at least a 1TB WD Caviar Black (7200rpm, 64MB cache, SATA 3).

• Personal preference here, but I would go with a better PSU (I like my PSUs at silver/gold rating and modular). My favorite brands, based on quality and reputation, are Corsair, Seasonic, and Rosewill. Not saying Antec is bad, but I would not buy any "eco"/"green" PSU to be powering my gaming rig. Get something highly-rated (in efficiency) and modular (I have had a power cable just up and die on me, so swapping it out vs. the whole unit is a plus).

• If you want an alternative to Nvidia, I'd go for a Radeon 7950 for $300, which comes with the following four games free: Far Cry 3, Hitman, Sleeping Dogs, Medal of Honor: Warfighter. That's about $160 worth of free games. The 660Ti is a fantastic card, and EVGA puts out great products (myself having bought two of their mobos and three of their GPUs), but I wanted to give you an alternative. AMD seems to scale better at higher resolutions and in multi-card situations, but Nvidia can offer more power straight-up. Both are fairly equal this iteration, and both companies have driver issues.
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eve
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Thanks for the feedback. I think I'll stick with the 660 Ti. I have no preference between AMD/NVIDIA but I'll take the cheaper card especially since I have no desire to play any of those games (ha).

For now, I don't have a desire to get a data drive. My 256 GB SSD is barely half full and I've got all the programs I need on it already. External is 3 TB. It's certainly not the most efficient way but if I run out space on the SSD, I can just install stuff on there. I'll get a HD eventually, of course, maybe 3-6 months after building it.


eve
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Will I be able to tell the difference between an i3-3220 and a i5-3570K?

Most of what I'll be doing is WoW on "Good" settings. I don't need nor desire Ultra or whatever the highest is.

Follow up: Would I tell the difference between a HD 7950 and a HD 7870? Changing the MoBo to a Gigabyte GA-Z66-D3H drops the price of the system by $200 and from some cursory reading, the differences between the two systems won't be realized by a user like me.

The "life span" of this particular system would ideally be about a year to a year and a half before I upgrade it.


Krisnatharok
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The 7950 and 7870 sit on either side of the GTX 660 Ti in terms of performance.

How does switching mobos drop the price by $200? Both of them are the same in price.

I would go for an i5-3450/3550/3570 (non-K). K is only for overclocking or a faster integrated GPU (neither of which you will be using). The i3 is dual core, but the i5 is quad-core.

With that GPU, you should be running WoW on Ultra settings regardless of the CPU.
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eve
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Hmm. I thought the MoBo was less. I meant that changing the CPU, GPU and MoBo dropped it by $200. Might have changed something else though.

/shrug

3570K seems to be worth the possibility of OCing in the future. It's +/- $10 from the three other options you mentioned so might as well spring for it.


eve
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said by Krisnatharok:

said by eve:

I do have a quick question. Can I simply take the SSD currently in my laptop and hook it up to the new built PC and it'll work just like that?

Yep. You might want to do a quick format on it (do NOT do a full-zero write) and install a fresh copy of windows.

Could you clue me in on what this entails? I tried googling and it wasn't exactly helpful.


eve
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Also, after much deliberation, I purchased these items the past two days. Setting it up this weekend.

»pcpartpicker.com/p/pOfu


Dissembled

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You realize you'll get a CPU heatsink/fan with your CPU, right? I mean, yeah, an aftermarket will get you slightly cooler and a bit quieter but save the $30 and get yourself a better power supply. And don't forget your mouse.


eve
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Yeah. I plan to do some OCing so I figured I'd spring for a separate cooler. And, I think the PSU will be fine. It got decent enough reviews. Maybe I should've spent an extra $30-$50 for a +100W and 80 Plus Gold or something but I think I'll be fine.