How much is my PC worth, advice for selling/any buyers here?

By smileynick · 6 replies
Mar 27, 2010
  1. Hi everyone,

    I am looking to sell my very new rig, less than 6 months old. I have it listed on ebay however i am not getting a great response as i would of hoped for. Someone has offered to pay £850 for this, which i think is very low.

    Anyway , here are the specs.

    • 850W NorthQ PSU
    • Silverstone TJ09B-W Black Aluminium Case (fantastic cooling)
    • 6GB (3x2GB) Corsair Dominator, DDR3 @ 1600
    • BFG Nvidia GTX 295
    • Intel i7 2.66Ghz (can be overclocked )
    • Thermalright Ultra-120 heat sink with fan
    • Asus P6T SE Motherboard
    • Pioneer Blueray/DVD/CD/RW burner/player
    • 1 TB Western DIgital Caviar Black Harddrive , 7200rpm, 32MB Cache
    • 640 GB Western Digital Caviar Blue, hardrive, 7200rpm, 16MB Cache
    • 30" Dell 3008WFP Midnight Grey Monitor (2560x1600)

    Any comments welcome.

  2. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,972   +2,527

    Computers and cars both depreciate badly when "driven" out of the showroom, so to speak.

    Then too there's the emotional attachment to a machine that a seller has, that a buyer could care less about.

    Additionally, that's why people are on Ebay in the first place, looking to buy something cheap. So, all of this should come as no big surprise.

    I don't want to buy your machine, it's a bit too "competent" for my mainstream purposes, but perhaps more importantly, sales of equipment is not permitted in this forum. I suppose that a member could propose an offer via PM, but it really can't be discussed further in open forum. Sorry.
  3. smileynick

    smileynick TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks for the reply, feel free to edit my post or title in regards to the "selling", i don't want to break any rules here. I would appreciate if you allow members to PM me in private if the post seeking advice on selling may encourage an interest on their behalf.

    Your right about ebay, do you know of any other good websites worth checking out for selling computers?
  4. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,972   +2,527

    I'm sure if someone is interested they'll give you a shout out about your machine.

    There is a bit of irony at work here, since the desktop is high-end, and that's the price point where you can actually make money building a computer for somebody else.

    Part of the problem I see with trying to sell your machine, is the massively expensive 30" monitor. First I'm 90% at least sure that it's an IPS panel, which isn't really the screen of choice for gamers, due to the response time. For a big panel, a gamer would be better off with a POS TN panel "Hanns-G" of about 28". Those are 1920 X 1200, and a whole lot easier to drive because of that. Plus the TN panel response times are much faster.

    That said, here's an idea to kick around, why not try to sell the computer and screen separately? It is a workaround for the huge expense of the system as a whole. So, it might be possible to off the box to a gamer, and the monitor to a graphics professional.

    I can't help you with a website to sell your comp, since I see the British pound sign in your price quote. Dude, my keyboard won't even do that! Here in the "colonies" we have "Craig's List", which is a free trading site for almost everything, even "escorts". Although, last week a woman got convicted of "attempted prostitution", for attempting to trade sex for World Series tickets with an undercover cop! (or "?" maybe).
  5. matrix86

    matrix86 TS Guru Posts: 843   +38

    CaptainCranky is right in both of his posts. When you took your computer out of the package (or for a home built computer, when you took the parts out of the package) the value for the item(s) decreased. And then used it, so that made the value decrease even more. And now you've been using it for 6 months, so that takes it down a little further.

    The only real way to make money off of building a computer is to build one specifically for someone. If you build it for yourself and use it for a while, you're going to end up selling it for much less than you put into it. I converted your price to American and it came out just over a grand. I don't know anyone who would spend a grand on a used computer.

    With Ebay, people are paying for the product AND the shipping, so you have to factor that into your decision on how much you price your item. CC is right about trying to sell the computer and the monitor separately.

    If Ebay isn't really working out for you, and you don't want to mess around with shipping, try craigslist. It's not just an American site.

    If I had the money, i'd take it off your hands after doing some calculating...unfortunately I don't have any money at the moment, I don't know your policy on selling overseas, and I just generally don't like buying overseas.

    I think there should be a buying, selling, and trading section on this site.
  6. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,972   +2,527

  7. slh28

    slh28 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,706   +172

    £850 does sound very low, I think you should definitely sell your PC and monitor separately. As mentioned above, your 30in Dell is IPS and does not have a great response time and most gamers would avoid it. Also you're always going to attract a larger market by selling stuff seperately.

    I've sold lots of stuff on - it's free and you meet face to face so you don't have to worry about postage. I would be careful about getting scammed though, e.g. people sending money via fake paypal emails but as long as you keep your wits about you it's fine.
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