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Is this worth it? Help please!

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by keef247, 28 Aug 2020.

  1. keef247

    keef247 Member

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    Hi guys, LONG time no see!
    Been messing around with cars and haven't built a rig in ten+ years...
    Just found this i5 3330 16gb ddr3 2tb hdd pc that sometimes takes a few powers on to start but does eventually start but 90% of the time he says it starts first time - apparently black screen and don't see the bios but as of today it's working... Anyway he wants £20 for this machine and it's reasonably local and I've found a msi r9 290 4gb for £60... so all in £80...
    Now all I want to know is will this play modern games at 60 fps in 1080p... it's just a budget bit of fun/maybe a hackintosh/linux build if i decide to dual boot. I have a 240gb ssd I can bang in. this machine has a 16x pci-e slot so the r9 should fit...
     
  2. Mr_Mistoffelees

    Mr_Mistoffelees is not The Piper at The Gates of Dawn

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    Can't comment on the reason for the booting problem but, at only 20 quid, it would seem daft not to take a punt.
     
  3. keef247

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    true, after looking it's actually like 80 miles and my car is horrific on fuel so I think I'm going to leave it as it'd cost me like 35-40 quid easily and I reckon it's the motherboard so knowing my luck it'll probably die shortly after I use it for a month or so. If it was only down the road I'd snap it up just to mess about with!
     
  4. adidan

    adidan Guesswork is still work

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    £20 is probably what the cpu/ram is worth.

    I'd be more concerned about the non-starting. Could be a loose cable but it could be the psu or a motherboard on the way out.
     
  5. keef247

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    yeah I did think that, along with the random brand 300w psu being probably not up to the job with a cheap older gfx card. knowing my luck a month later the thing would die. I'll just have to piece something together from the for sale section when I have some more money I reckon.
    Being out of the scene for so long whats a good budget setup for say £300 secondhand give or take 50 quid these days? case can be as cheap/bland I don't care it won't be on show, don't need a monitor nor keyboard/mouse. Not really bothered about OC potential but if it's possible it's a bonus. only really care about 1080p full settings really. If it can do a bit more than cool but I'd rather have something last another year on 1080p games that come out later than struggle with 1440p/4k etc as I only have a 1080p screen.
     

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