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Need Help Assesing Value Of Computer Please!

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#1 karen v

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Posted 11 September 2008 - 03:07 PM

Hi, My name is Karen and I am new to this site. I hope you can help me with this. I inherited my brothers computer ( he passed away last month) I dont know much about computers and I will be selling this one therefore I need a general idea what its worth. A friend of mine says its a fairly decent gaming computer and has offered me 1500 for it but I want to research it a bit before I jump into anything. Here are the specs:

*MONITOR is iZ3D 24"3D LCD Flat Panel Gaming Monitor
*Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9650 3.00 GHz Quad Core
*EVGA 132-CK-NF78_A1 Motherboard
*8192 MB (8GB) DDR11 800 MHz PC 6400 Memory
*Dual 74GB SATA Raptor 7200 RPM 16 MB Cache Hard Drives Raid 0 (striped)
*500 GB 7200 RPM SATA 2 16 MB Cache Hard Drive
*20x DVD+RW Burner Dual Layer Drive
*Triple NVDIA GTX 280 1GB PCI-E x16 Video Graphics Cards in SL1 Configuration
*8 Channel High Definition on board sound
*10/100/1000 Gigabyte Network Interface
*Thermaltake Armor Tower w/ 1000 watt power supply
*Vista Ultimate 64 bit
*Front Ports (2) USB 2.0
*Rear Ports (6) USB 2.0 (2), PS2 Ports (2), IEEE1394a (1by header) (1) serial header, Audio 1/0 Panel (2) RJ45
*Expansion Slots (3) x16 PCI-E, (1) X1 PCI-E, (2) PCI

Thankyou very much for your help>

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Posted 11 September 2008 - 08:34 PM

Hi karen. Welcome to BleepingComputer.

You have to remember that BC is a group of ordinary people, such as yourself. They are all volunteers with varying degrees of experience who do their best to answer all questions if possible, and this may take hours or even days as people have to sleep. One thing that will drop a query to the bottom of the interest pile very rapidly is demanding or complaining so please have patience.

That is a pretty good computer your brother had, but I'm afraid that valuing it is beyond me.

Please accept condolences from all of us here at BC, and we will hope that you receive an answer soon.


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Posted 12 September 2008 - 01:24 AM

First off sorry to hear about your brother.
Second, if the 1500 is in cash i'd take it. That's a pretty sweet rig, but its hard to beat cash money.

Breaking it down best as possible
Monitor same brand 2" smaller $599
CPU 549 reg If its yorkfield 999
MOBO 239
RAM 4X2G sticks 135-239
gotta go back to work. Using www.newegg.com for prices

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Posted 12 September 2008 - 09:28 AM

Again sorry about your Brother.

Adding a bit more Info for you those Graphics Cards being the GTX 280 they cost around $420-$440 on Newegg, in my Opinion if valuing a Computer you would take something like 25% of the Original Price because it is Used, I don't know if anyone else agrees.

Also other Parts would be

PSU + Case - $200 to $300
HDD's - About $40 Each

So not taking into account the Processor and assuming the RAM Cards are Middle Price $190 as well as adding the Monitor and Graphics Cards. This below bases the Price on 75% which I think is what a used Computer would be.

$599 + $239 + $190 + $1440 (Graphics Cards) + $250 + $80 = $2798/100 = $27.98 x 75 = $2098.50

So in my Opinion if you took the Processor and Operating System into Account you should sell for around $2100-$2300, maybe if your Friend wanted to buy it you could say $2000 which is a very Acceptable Price for that Computer.

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Posted 12 September 2008 - 10:16 AM

Hi Karen, condolences to you and the family.

You don't note the age of the build or if there might be any problems with it.

Simply, 1400-1800 USD is the range for such a system that is 18 months to a year old.
The cost of building similar in today's market should not be a factor to you in selling this item.

$1700 USD is a fair asking price. So maybe take the offer and cement a friendship?

You are trying to dispose of unwanted property after all?
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#6 karen v

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Posted 12 September 2008 - 01:43 PM

Thank you very much to all who responded. You have helped me immensely and I appreciate it. I think I will sell it to my friend for the 1500 although I am always leery of doing buisiness with friends.

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Posted 12 September 2008 - 01:56 PM

so sorry about your brother.

that computer seems like a pretty good deal
8 GB of RAM is a lot.

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Posted 12 September 2008 - 02:01 PM

Get the money first :thumbsup:, no checks, no partial payments...then turn over the system. Keep it business first.

My condolences for the loss of your brother, I've been there too recently.


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Posted 12 September 2008 - 03:28 PM

Just the processor alone is worth around $1,000. 3 GTX 280's around$1200, that computer probably cost your brother around $4,000. Sorry to hear about his passing. Still, if you're selling it to a good friend, you could give them a deal, but I'd still sell it for $2,000. That is still a very good deal, but it's your computer now, and the decision is totally up to you :thumbsup: .
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Posted 13 September 2008 - 02:42 PM

That PC is worth about 3000 dollars. Don't sell it for any less.

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