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Here is what I think will be my Final $700 build for resale on eBay.

Please let me know if you think I should change anything to reap more profit from this build.

I am also not sure if I should swap out the E2180 for a Q6600... I will be overclocking both...

Here it is:

- XION Solaris XON-406 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

- GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS3L LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX All Solid Capacitor Intel Motherboard - Retail

-EVGA 512-P3-N801-AR GeForce 8800GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail

- Intel Pentium E2180 Allendale 2.0GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor Model BX80557E2180 - Retail

-Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 - Retail

- Western Digital Caviar SE WD1600AAJS 160GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM

- Microsoft Windows XP Home With SP2B 1 Pack - OEM

- APEVIA ATX-CW500WP4 500W ATX Power Supply - Retail

- ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro 92mm CPU Cooler - Retail

- LG 20X DVD±R Super Multi DVD Burner Black ATAPI / E-IDE Model GSA-H55NK - OEM

This all comes out to $778.48 (Dang California taxes!) without the Rebates

After rebates it will cost $693



I am hoping to sell this computer on eBay for $$750-800ish

I WILL be overclocking the CPU to atleast 3.0ghz.

Do you think that this computer will sell for that price? More? Less?

I might buy the DS3l from Amazon.com for 88 bucks instead of 110.

Please feel free to leave any comments for this build!

Thanks,
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post #2 of 27
It is hard to make money on computer builds now because the cost of shipping has gone up (due to gas prices) and Dell has make prebuilt computers that you can customize. If you find a good buyer and dont get scammed you should be able to get $800 but you have to be careful when selling something overclocked.
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Agreed. I don't think a lot of profit can be made.
    
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post #4 of 27
Definitely try and get the mobo for cheaper. All of your parts look pretty good to me. I'm not too familiar with Apevia power supplies, are you sure it's a good one? Also, I just used that case for a friend's build the other day. Cut some routes for cable management and paint the interior of the case black, and it will look absolutely amazing.
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I'm not too familiar with Apevia power supplies, are you sure it's a good one?
It has like 600-700 reviews and is at 4 stars... I think ill give it a try

Agree
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d. I don't think a lot of profit can be made.
Im not really looking at this as a huge profit company.. I mean.. I like working with computers and building/overclocking them, so why not try to make a little profit while having fun?
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but you have to be careful when selling something overclocked.
What exactly should I be careful about?

Thanks for the fast responses!
Edited by 0101 - 5/15/08 at 5:06pm
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Dont think you be able to get that much for it , XP home and Only a 500W PSU is gonna prevent that.. besides systems dont usually sell very well like that when you can but cheap DELL 2.8ghz for $499 with vista... you can give it a try , but i seriously doubt it
    
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post #7 of 27
there's probably someone online that would jump on it but i think you'd have more success if you just tried to do this locally by word of mouth/posters or something. I'm building 2 rigs for friends this coming fall just because i did my final economics project on how much cheaper custom computers are than dell
    
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Apevia isn't the best PSU by a long shot...

Newegg reviews don't mean anything to me.. I only read them for my personal entertainment, since they can be hilarious.

Selling a computer like you do now... you'd indeed be careful selling it overclocked and/or with any weak components (like that Apevia). Since you're selling a new build, I assume you're giving at least some warranty, and these factors highly increase the risk of failure.
    
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instead of ebay, you should try local classifieds like craigslist. i would give it a couple weeks before listing on ebay. their fees are ridiculous now.
    
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It takes money to make money. As in, you need to have deep enough pockets to buy in large enough quantities to get lower prices. Newegg, ZZF and TG are not wholesalers and, although cheaper than BB etc., still can't compete with OEMs. The hardest thing for you is going to be support. Why would I buy a PC from you on ebay when I can get the same thing from Dell cheaper and with a warranty/support?

You may say you are using better components, but they consumers ignorance is what you are hoping to make a profit from. The other problem you will have is when the buyer finds out that you overclocked the CPU and effectively voided its warranty, Now, we all know there is no way to tell that, but it will still come off as being shady once you try to explain that you are offering a lesser CPU at a faster speed.

I have seen many people try this idea and it never seems to work. Even someone on the level of CD has had a hard time making money off sales and he has invested quite a bit of money. (granted, he is dealing with hardware and not complete PC's, but the basis is the same)


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Apevia isn't the best PSU by a long shot...

Newegg reviews don't mean anything to me.. I only read them for my personal entertainment, since they can be hilarious.

Selling a computer like you do now... you'd indeed be careful selling it overclocked and/or with any weak components (like that Apevia). Since you're selling a new build, I assume you're giving at least some warranty, and these factors highly increase the risk of failure.

Very true. 99% of the reviews on there are user/operator error or an ignorant buyer. Very rarely is there a legit review of a product and, if there is, it is hard to find amid the other 100 rants.
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