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the thing is that i dont want to rip anyone off. i put plenty of wrok doing updates to drivers, intalling needed software, updating the BIOS, building it of course, acquiring the parts.

it all did just fall in my lap and it was done. the build was a bit pricy to build i am learning that now, but trial and error guys weve all been there before. (gonna edit first post now) :/
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no i didnt buy it new. I bought it from a friend of mine whos dad got him an intel cpu but the wrong socket type. gave him 150 bux for it. good or bad deal?

im not ripping anyone off... its not a bad buy. and surely better than what you can buy a a damn best buy.

EDIT: worded it worng. it ws new. not out of the box, but i didnt oreder it directly. my bad.
That's a good deal.
Some general tips though.

1. Use windows 7 home premium, its like $100 OEM
2. Buy AMD for budget builds
3. Perform a modest but easily stable overclock (don't get greedy, you don't want angry customers)
4. No need to buy a really expensive CPU, most games run fine on existing quad cores. Any person buying a pre-built system is not 1337 enough to notice a difference between an OCed 1100T and a 840 or similar quad
5. Don't put a boat-load of storage in they won't use, 500GB max for OEM builds unless otherwise requested
6. If not overclocking then stock cooling is fine.
7. Use a cheap, but flashy looking quality case. The CM Storm Scout comes to mind.
8. Make it look neat, cable management!
9. Buy a graphics card second-hand off OCN, a GTS260 would be a good solid card for a hobby gamer

That's all I can think of right now, I'm sure other members may have some advice to offer as well. Don't rip people off though, its better to make $100 on a sale and have that person tell five other people about you than make $250 and be hated by the customer a month later.
    
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the thing is that i dont want to rip anyone off. i put plenty of wrok doing updates to drivers, intalling needed software, updating the BIOS, building it of course, acquiring the parts.
Every other manufacturer does that, but they don't ask for anywhere near as large a premium as you did. Once you get used to building these computers you'll understand what sort of effort you have to put in for minimal reward. It's not really worth building the odd computer, the only way it's profitable is if you build it on bargain bin parts or buy a bulk order at once.
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post #24 of 45
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i was thinking about putting a new 1gb ddr3 210gt as a boost to it. i pretty confident that i can sell it. maybe not for asking price, but for 500 bux.

also to answer your question. I did to many things to the OS to list. but trust me, its something i have been doing since i first started messing with OS's. it makes the computer work well, stable, and no annoyances.
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post #25 of 45
lol i put shiny lights on old turds all the time and flip them for a 300 dollar profit all the time on craigslist.

i even put the correct stuff in the listing like the real parts, and people still want them, why? there shiny....

but with that 6800 your never sell it
post #26 of 45
tiger direct has a 9800gt for $50, might be worht a look at, but look for a nice board thats stable (maybe dual bios, surge protection .. etc ), if your looking to sell someone thats not tech savy or maybe even if they are, you dont want them to come back to you with issues
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post #27 of 45
if you get a gtx 260 or something it could be significantly better you can probably pick one up for around $50 used from here or some other forum
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post #28 of 45
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@klue 22. thanks for the advice. i have taken that down and saved it to a .txt

@got max power i went off of the new cost for the CPU. it wasnt used. it actually is new. so is the heatsink and fan and everything else i listed as new.

@xx573 thats messed up man. i just put the lights in because i had them and they were green. besides the case needed ventilation. i didnt jack up the price because of no damn lights. (maybe 10 bux for the cost of both fans)
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post #29 of 45
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ok then so i just learned something i guess.

build cheap quality computers for sale and build really nice ones as special ordered?
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post #30 of 45
So...you updated the BIOS, the drivers, and installed essential software? That's what you did for "major OS work"?

Here's a tip:
If you plan to make this a business, get yourself some image software, and create an image of the machines you will be building (make sure the boards are nearly the same in all of your builds, otherwise you'll need a new image). I can get these free Dell's that I've been getting fully assembled, installed with Windows and essential apps, and fully up to date, in 15 minutes. Selling them for $100 a pop (the cost of an OEM Windows license) isn't too bad (which I did pay for Windows on each and every one of them anyway...just not retail prices.

And I agree, you're clearly not shopping in the right areas. That machine is worth MAYBE $400 tops fully put together. Even with a quality GPU in there (not a GT210, but a GOOD GPU), it'd only break the $500 mark. There's no reason to buy 775 anymore. You can build an i3 Sandy Bridge setup, with a decent GPU, decent PSU...decent EVERYTHING for $400 or less.
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