PC Upgrade - How much would YOU sell your old components for?

By Snowy Commando · 10 replies
Jun 13, 2002
  1. I'm upgrading very soon like next week and I have a potential buyer who has a system of half my current spec as shown in sig.

    The question is, if you were selling all the following as an upgrade bundle, how much would you expect for it, considering it cost around £450 originally am I right in asking £200-£250 for it?

    Athlon 900 with heatsink & fan
    Asus A7V Motherboard with latest 2002 bios update
    2 x 256 Crucial PC133 SDRAM with Lifetime warranty
    Asus Geforce 2 GTS

    If they refuse the price, am i right in saying they are losing out on a bargain price?
  2. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Posts: 5,734   +8

    you don't mention if you are giving them a monitor or not.

    assuming no, I would probably start the haggling at around £400 with the knowledge that you will probably lower to around £300 or so.

    all of that stuff is tech that's around 18 months old but its still good stuff....

    IMHO £200 is a little too low and £300 is more like it.
  3. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,730   +379

    I take it your talking about just the components and not a complete PC.
    I would say £250-£300 sounds like a good price.

    Asus Geforce 2 GTS = £100 or so
    Asus A7V Motherboard with latest 2002 bios update = £30
    2 x 256 Crucial PC133 SDRAM with Lifetime warranty = £70
    Athlon 900 with heatsink & fan = £40

    going by current prices of similar items (Athlon 1.33 can be had for about £60-70 www.scan.co.uk )
  4. Snowy Commando

    Snowy Commando TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 148

    Whatever I didn't mention, i'm not selling, its as simple as that.

    Ok, that would add up to £240, so considering its second hand in very good condition and things like the RAM still have an unlimited warranty from Crucial that i'm passing on. My original estimate of £200 - £250 would sound about rite if I have labour included i.e. I upgrade his PC for him.

    I've spoken to this buyer and he may pay the full £250 for all of the above as he is coming from an old system that includes:

    AOpen Pentium 3 mobo
    Pentium 3 500Mhz
    128 PC100 SDRAM
    ATI Rage Fury 32mb

    As you can see, it would be major upgrade for him, as he is at least 2 generations out of date with video card.
  5. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Posts: 5,734   +8

    i think £300 is about what I would be looking for. Therefore start the negociations at £400 and let me whittle you down, so that he thinks he is getting a bargain.
  6. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,730   +379

    Note that prebuilt baseunit systems can be had for about £450 (Celeron 1.3Ghz from www.pcworld.co.uk) but they will have onboard graphics which a GF2 GTS would blow away so your price is probably about right at the £300 mark. Just incase he says "But I can get X from Y-Shop for that price".
  7. Snowy Commando

    Snowy Commando TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 148

    It looks likely that I will get £250 for all of the above considering 18 months ago the lot was bought for £450 when i upgraded then.

    Talk about upgrading.....

    I'm building a new PC now with following specs:

    AOpen H600A "SuperTower" case ~£70
    Abit KX7-333 ~£80
    AthlonXP 1800+ ~£83
    512mb DDR PC2100 (Generic) ~£60
    "Undecided Brand" GF4 TI4200 (64MB version) ~£142

    All of the above cost approx. £450 again including any necessary extras such as heatsinks and case fans etc.

    In my opinion, getting £250 back from old components that I can put back into a new upgrade is GOOD compared to NOT usually having a buyer from an upgrade and then being left keeping the old components as spares.

    GF4 TI4200 (64Mb version) Which brand would your recommend?
    PNY £143.35
    Leadtek £146.87
    Abit £141.00
    InnoVISION (Inno3d) £135.12

    Gainward £139.82
    Creative £146.88
  8. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,730   +379

    Leadtek or gainward would be my choice from the list you posted. These often tend to have faster memory or greater overclockability than other brands. I know a lot of users who say they have had no problems with the "budget" brands of PNY and InnoVision but I still stick by my choice of Leadtek or gainward especially since there is little difference in price.
    Read more details about the software pack for the Leadtek Winfast 250LE (Ti4200) at http://www.leadtek.co.uk/
    Hardware monitor software can be quite useful.
    Information about the gainward cards can be found at http://www.gainward.com/us/products/vgacard.htm

    The Leadtek supports DVI output to 1280 whereas the Gainward supports DVI to 1600. Little things like that can make a difference depending on exactly what you are looking for from the card. The Gainward offerings have a TV out and No TV out version so its best to check your getting a TV on the one your looking at if your need it...
  9. Snowy Commando

    Snowy Commando TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 148

    The Leadtek one has the biggest heatsink that also encompasses the RAM as well. It looks very overclockable as seen below...


    I choose Leadtek mainly due to size of its heatsink as well as hardware monitoring features (that i'm used to that my current GF2 has).
  10. Snowy Commando

    Snowy Commando TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 148

    Now heres some news....

    Forget the Leadtek above....hows about this XFX TI4200 (from Pine):


    It only costs ~£100 + VAT from http://www.cclcomputers.co.uk, then look down the 'prices' list and the price to pay is on the last column "inc.Vat"

    ...and here's a review giving the card 100% "editor's choice" with huge overclocking ability. Even better, here's a video review of the XFX TI4200 64mb card showing the benchmark scores with an XP2000+ processor!!

    Thats the cheapest i've seen anywhere in the UK at the moment, I think the good review and price makes my choice certain with this one.
  11. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 4,274

    So I guess you'll have to pay £118 for everything. Seems fair to me.
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