A while back I mentioned I wanted to ditch my XP era equipment for more modern stuff. All in all I want to create 3 (maybe 4) more computers. With that in mind…
First I bought a CyberpowerPC SLC3600C off of Craigslist for $725 (was asking $900). The guy even set it up in his garage for me to look at. It was his son’s PC who’s off at college now.
Researching it I found it was purchased at Costco in 2017 for $2000. I’m looking at the video card, hmmm… More than I need but people are paying insane prices for video cards right now. I bet I can get $600 for it no problem.
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Specs as I bought it:
Processor & Memory:
7th Gen Intel Core i7-7700K Processor 4.2GHz (“K”, that’s the key here.)
32GB DDR4 RAM (4 slots, 64GB Max)
MSI Z270-A PRO
3TB 7200RPM SATA Hard Drive + 500GB WD Blue SSD
Graphics & Video:
MSI GEFORCE GTX1080 TI ARMOR 11G OC (this came with the original box and appears to be an upgrade)
800 watt 80+ Gold
10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet LAN
802.11 Wireless-AC WLAN
Microsoft Windows 10 Professional
Integrated High Definition Channel Audio Processing (Realtek)
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As we are unplugging it he says, “Hey, I have another video card.” He went in the house and came out with a GeForce GTX 960 and said, “You got a use for it? Give me 20 bucks?” So, I get all this for $745. I’m amazed at the case, it’s an IN WIN 303C BLACK Black SECC / Tempered Glass ATX Mid Tower Computer Case and it’s better than anything I’ve got. I decide on the way home my main PC is getting transferred over to this.
I get it home and pop the 1080TI into my rig, play with the MSI Afterburner utility, and run a single 3Dmark benchmark hitting 10002 out of the gate. The score on my XFX Radeon RX 580 GTS Black Edition was 4979. I box the 1080TI and put it on Craigslist for $650. It sold in one day.
This nets my purchase of everything else at $95!
At Amazon I pick up a GIGABYTE Z390 UD motherboard for $120, Sound Blaster Z Sound Card on sale for $80, 16GB (2×8) Corsair Vengeance RAM for $80, Crucial RAM 16GB (2x8GB) for $58, Samsung 970 EVO Plus SSD 500GB M.2 NVMe at $85, Corsair H60 water cooler for $70.
2 back-lit keyboards for approx. $40: Mafiti RK100 3 Color LED and a VictSing RGB keyboard (I have 3 of these).
***edit 05FEB2010 – Got a better motherboard off Craigslist. The MSI is on the shelf for now. New motherboard is the Asus Z170-A.
Via ebay I got an i7-7700 and a
MSI B150A GAMING PRO*** motherboard for about $300. I wanted this motherboard because it is semi-modern yet still has PCI slots. I want to put my old Sound Blaster X-FI Fatal1ty which to this day is my all-time favorite sound card (Creative drivers not withstanding).
Back in December I bought a Rosewill Zircon T ATX Mid Tower & Rosewill 450 watt80+ Bronze PSU for $65 on sale because it was too good a deal to pass up.
Also, a few months ago on Craigslist I picked up a Dell Ultra HD 4K 24-inch Monitor for an astounding $100. I rolled up out front and saw his DS vet sticker on his truck. We had a good chat and I got a top end monitor.
New expenses: 95 + 120 + 80 + 80 + 58 + 85 + 70 + 40 + 300 + 65 + 100 = 1,093
3 “new” computers: 1093 ÷ 3 = 364.3333333333333
Plus a new case for my main PC.
Everything else I’ve got from stripping down my old systems or were left over from upgrading.
The new lineup:
|Multimedia 1||Workout A/V||Wife’s PC|
|Motherboard||Gigabyte Z390 UD||MSI B150A GAMING PRO||MSI Z270-A PRO|
|Memory||16GB Crucial||16GB Corsair||32GB Adata|
|GPU||XFX Radeon RX 480 8GB||XFX Radeon DD R9-270X 4GB||GeForce GTX 960 4GB|
|Drives||Samsung NVMe 970 EVO Plus 250GB
Samsung SSD 850 PRO 256GB
Samsung SSD 850 EVO 250GB
|Samsung 870 EVO 250GB
WD Black 5TB
|Samsung NVMe 970 EVO Plus 500GB
WD Blue 500GB SSD
Toshiba 3TB SATA
|Network||Gigabit Ethernet||Gigabit Ethernet||Gigabit Ethernet|
|Audio||Sound Blaster Z||Sound Blaster X-FI Fatal1ty||Realtek|
|PSU||Corsair CZ550M||Seasonic SSR-650FX||800 watt 80+ Gold|
|Case||Corsair 110Q||Corsair Carbide Series SPEC-02||Rosewill Zircon T|
|Cooling||Corsair H60||Corsair H80i||Generic Water Cooler|
|OS||Win10 Pro||Win10 Pro||Win10 Pro|
New pc for my main rig: