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[WTB] Looking for mid-range PC for work/light gaming

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  • Apr 11th, 2020 10:47 pm
Feb 28, 2007
90 posts
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Looking for mid-range PC for work/light gaming

Thank you to everyone who's replied and provided suggestions.
After checking out reviews, I've narrowed down the following to meet my requirements:

Ryzen 5 1600
B350 MB (for NVME support)
8GB memory
RX 570 (for 4 monitor support)
Case - any will do

If anyone has something similar to sell, give me a shout.

Hi all,
i'm looking for a used PC to replace my current setup and would greatly appreciate your expert recommendations.
Currently running:

i5 2500K
Asus P8H67-M EVO
Corsair H50
Samsung SSD 840 Pro 128GB
2 x 4TB Seagate Barracuda ST4000DM002
Radeon 7870 Ghz edition
16GB (4X Corsair CML8GX3M2A PC3-10700)
Seasonic PS (I forget which model or wattage)

Looking for:
i7 3770K or AMD equivalent (Ryzen 5 1600?)
CPU cooler
Motherboard that supports overclocking
16GB (2x8GB) ram suitable for overclocking
M.2 NVME support would be awesome as i've got a spare MZVLB256HAHQ
GTX 1060 or RX 580 or anything equivalent (must have 4 monitor inputs)
Standard PSU
Standard case

Budget of $500 max. Is this doable?

The computer will mostly be used for running multiple VMs, excel with large pivot tables, and maybe some gaming up to 1080p.
TBH, workwise, this PC has suited me well since 2010 (I can't believe it's been that long),
but my son is getting older and will take over my computer.
Looking forward to your suggestions.

Thank you,
Last edited by stevensly on Apr 13th, 2020 2:50 pm, edited 2 times in total.
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May 19, 2005
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If you hit on a "distress sale", sure, its more than doable, but be prepared to deal with undisclosed issues/failures. If you're good at troubleshooting/fixing stuff, distress sale pc's can be pretty good deals...but seriously, they **always** have something wrong that the seller won't disclose....often something stupid they did themselves...
PS: The majority of your cost will be sunk into the video card...
PSS: $500. is the price point EVERYONE wants...its very difficult to hit...your demands for psu, for instance, will add a disproportionate amount to the cost...
Feb 28, 2007
90 posts
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thanks, i appreciate the reply.
I may have to forgo the video card altogether and use the onboard for now to make this fit the budget.
Maybe go for a budget psu and switch out with my seasonic.
Will edit post.
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Nov 12, 2003
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I've got a PC I am planning to put up for sale with the following specs:

Intel Core i5-4670K with stock cooler
ASUS Z87-Plus Motherboard
16GB (2x8GB) Kingston HyperX Blu DDR3-1600
240GB Intel SATA SSD
1TB Seagate Barracuda HD
Cooler Master 525W EX2 Power Supply
Rosewill NAUTILUS ATX Mid Tower Gaming Computer Case

The system is great but no M.2 NVME support I'm afraid. I have never overclocked it or pushed it too hard. I upgraded to a Ryzen Build recently mainly for a change (system was fast enough for me but I wanted to see what all the hubbub was with Ryzen. I was gaming at 1080 with current titles with no problem with my RX 580. The only problem with the system is the power button is broken. I never bothered to fix it or replace the case because the motherboard actually has a power button on it. I rarely turned the thing off so I didn't mind having to take off the panel to power on when I did. If it's a problem for you then you could just replace the case or try to fix the power button.

I am asking $450 for it. I could throw in the MSI RX580 8GB but I'd want $600 for the system with that.

Let me know.

Let me know if you're interested.
Last edited by cofh on Apr 11th, 2020 1:06 am, edited 1 time in total.
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Aug 2, 2004
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You want to upgrade to an Ivy Bridge? First, it doesn't support m.2, let alone NVMe

You need to move to either the Ryzen or Skylake to use NVMe.

I have some spare parts that may fit your budget. Everything is brand new in its original boxes and never used. You will need to assemble it or I can do it for you.

Corsair 200r
eVGA 400 Watt Power supply
Asus H270 Strix Gaming
16 Gig DDR4 Memory
i5 7400 (Kaby Lake)

(2) nVidia Quadro NVS 315

You can add your m.2 NVMe drive. The motherboard and CPU doesn't support over clocking, if that is your intention, you're out of luck

The nVidia Quadro NVS 315s are used. I have two cards and I will include both so you have quad monitor setup.

Feb 28, 2007
90 posts
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Hi guys, much appreciated!
Will review in the morning and pm if interested.
Feb 28, 2007
90 posts
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Thank you, will keep this in mind.
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Mar 24, 2004
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Got an ITX rig for sale.

White ITX case w/ 600W PSU
MSI Gaming ITX mobo
i5-4570 CPU
16GB DDR3 Ram
Adata 120GB SSD
h2o- a.k.a. 阿水 (Ah Sui)

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