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My brother desperately wants a computer, and a friend of his offered to give him his, because he doesn't use it anymore and wants $170 for it, with monitor included. IMHO the computer is a piece of trash, but he seems persisted to get it. He also says that if he doesnt like the performance, he can just upgrade. Anyway here are the specs:

AMD 64 3000 Single Core Processor 1.8Ghz
ASUS motherboard Socket 939
ATI X800 Pro Video Card
19" Samsung Monitor
2 GB ddr2 ram
Custom Case with window panel

I dont know any of the other specs. But would it be cheaper to buy this piece of garbage and upgrade, or just build his own system?

Thanks.
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post #2 of 43
I'd just build something from scratch tbh
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Originally Posted by Jov4nTh3Yu9o View Post
My brother desperately wants a computer, and a friend of his offered to give him his, because he doesn't use it anymore and wants $170 for it, with monitor included. IMHO the computer is a piece of trash, but he seems persisted to get it. He also says that if he doesnt like the performance, he can just upgrade. Anyway here are the specs:

AMD 64 3000 Single Core Processor 1.8Ghz
ASUS motherboard Socket 939
ATI X800 Pro Video Card
19" Samsung Monitor
2 GB ddr2 ram
Custom Case with window panel

I dont know any of the other specs. But would it be cheaper to buy this piece of garbage and upgrade, or just build his own system?

Thanks.
Well, I doubt you can buy a new system with a monitor for that low, but you could do it for a bit more cash and get a WAY better computer. That certainly won't be playing any modern games....
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if he bought that pc, what would he upgrade to? that pc is using agp.
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post #5 of 43
i would not pay that much for the computer of the specs but its not that bad of a computer.
its not really a piece of trash but is not good compared to todays standards.
if he wants it i would tell him to try to lower the price some and unless the case itself is pretty good since some cases can go up to a few hundred.honestly the most i would pay for this build would be maybe 80 personally but he would be better to build his own for that price
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post #6 of 43
its not to high but no real upgrade path with the old hardware i wouldnt pay over 80-100 depending on the case and monitor the guy has if he has atleast a 22 inch lcd might be worth 150 max.
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post #7 of 43
I wouldn't buy that PC really - not worth to spend more money on - Really .. for around maybe 300$ you are having ALOT better oppotunities .. But I don't wanna judge - just telling what I would do
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post #8 of 43
I honestly doubt that there is a Socket 939 DDR2 motherboard. While the video card could be either AGP or PCI-E, it doesn't matter. Just not worth the money.
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post #9 of 43
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if he bought that pc, what would he upgrade to? that pc is using agp.
He knows nothing of computers, but i would get him a cheap socket AM3 mobo, either a phenom or anthlon, at least a radeon 5570, a 500 w psu, and ill give him my old ddr3 ram as well as my speakers.
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post #10 of 43
Asking a computer enthusiast form, most of us will reply. No the buy is not worth it.

the tower itself is worth 75 tops. Monitor i doubt will be worth more than 50ish

Tell him that hardware is hardly upgradeable, even if he upgrades it he will only be upgrading to outdated stuff due to hardware limitations.

His money will be spent wisely if he buys something current.

For around 500 im sure he can get a manufactured pre built computer that is quad core and be able to do everyday things.

The cpu your brother friends has is non even enough to watch youtube videos in 720p.
Let alone be able to run most sites with flash or sites that are java intensive.
Edited by lilraver018 - 4/13/11 at 2:55pm
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