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post #1 of 19
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This is what the computer comes with(other guy's description)

XFX Radeon 5870 graphics card, has eyefinity and can support dual screens and stuff.
Intel d 945 processor
EVGA 780i sli motherboard
4 gigabytes of g-skill ddr2 ram,
Raptor Hard drive 150gig 10,000 rpm (Real fast installing speed and everything)
Another harddrive that is 7200 rpms and 250gigs.
A 630 watt power supply company name i forget.
Has a burning disk drive, burns things pretty fast if you ever need to i guess.
Cooler Master CM Storm Scout Mid tower Case.

Is this a bit overkill for an HTPC? I plan to use it for movies off the hard drive and an external hard drive. I will also be surfing the web and occasionally playing games on it. The price is 350 at the moment. Since this is MAINLY for an HTPC, would this be a good price or would I be better off building my own?
post #2 of 19
Mostly yes.

He has a 780i, which was once a great 775 mobo, but then a Pentium D?

And then HD5870?!

The only thing that isn't overkill is the processor

But for 350 it's a good deal, especially if you plan on gaming on it.
Hell, drop a C2D in there and you have a pretty nice HTPC.
    
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post #3 of 19
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What about the price for it? I thought 350 was a pretty decent deal for it which is why I'm leaning towards it.
post #4 of 19
I'd personally want to find the brand of the PSU and how old the rig is first. $350 doesn't seem bad but I'd offer him $300 if the components check out.
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post #5 of 19
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Originally Posted by BigJeebz View Post
I'd personally want to find the brand of the PSU and how old the rig is first. $350 doesn't seem bad but I'd offer him $300 if the components check out.
I already got him to lower the price to 350 from 400. Maybe I can get him to lower it a bit more. The parts were bought in Sept 2010 so it's fairly new. I just emailed him about the PSU and hopefully it won't turn out to be some cheap brand. I'll keep you guys updated.
post #6 of 19
I don't like craiglist personally. Too many people get scammed and even sometimes killed using that website.
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Kingston V Series SSD 64 GB Spinpoint F3 1TB Blu-Ray drive & CD/DVD burner Scythe Mugen II 120mm Ultra Kaze 64bit Windows 7 
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post #7 of 19
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I don't like craiglist personally. Too many people get scammed and even sometimes killed using that website.
I know what you mean. I am always cautious using the site, but when a HOT deal comes long, I can't ignore it.
post #8 of 19
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Sorry for double posting, but I noticed that the build came with DDR2 RAM. Does that mean that DDR3 is not compatible with the motherboard/CPU?
post #9 of 19
yes it's a ddr2 board, so no ddr3 on it.
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post #10 of 19
Just remember to stay away from shipping, no matter how good the deal is, if they want to ship it to you they are trying to screw you IMO.
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