A little help needed
Written by: shahzehan - 08:04 Aug-09-2017

Hello, some of you may remember me from when I was active a few years back.
I recently sold a significant portion of my rig because:

A. I never OC'd it and a K series i7 was becoming a waste.

B. Most of the games I normally play don't use more than 2 cores.

C. The 2GB Vram of the 960 was holding my modded Skyrim back.

D. Value was dropping fast so I decided to get as much money back from it as possible without really ripping anyone off.

 

As of today everything has been sold aside from a stick of ram and my SSD and I made around rupees 62000 of which I have 44000 left.

I have been looking at second hand computers and parts for the last couple of weeks and have recently come across what seems to be a good deal but I don't know if it's worth it today.

Here's what it entails:

An i5 2400 with the standard Intel cooler

An ECS H67H2-M3 motherboard

A single Corsair 8GB 1600Mhz stick

A Gigabyte Luxo M30 casing

Some 450W Corsair PSU

The price of everything is rupees 12000 and the seller lives in my city so I can go over and check everything before buying it.

I was thinking of getting it, replacing the PSU with a new 500-550W unit for 5000-6000 and adding a 1TB HDD for 3000 and then saving up some extra money to buy a GTX 970 or GTX 1060 6GB (whichever one is cheaper) like a month or two later.

Is this a good deal or am I better off looking for something else?


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CPU: OK. Decent for playing less demanding games


GPU: I mod Skyrim too and my 2GB VRAM is also forcing me to use only 1k Textures. Get something better than mine. GTX 970 is a pretty good combo for that CPU.


RAM: Perfect. Drop in another 8GB stick for Dual Channel if your MOBO supports.


MOBO: Good enough. Decent brand.


CASING: Your choice. It looks pretty awesome. Good ventilation if it has a good fan setup.


PSU: If it's a Chinese one, replace it. 500W is plenty since you won't be overclocking. Get a Seasonic if you can afford or find it.

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In summary it's a good deal if you aren't planning on playing recent CPU intensive games. The CPU is holding the system back. if you're planning on changing the CPU, it's pointless getting this Rig.

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I only plan on using the system for a year max before, hopefully, going abroad for my studies so the CPU should serve me well. A modded Skyrim is something I can't live without so it is my number one priority when it comes to choosing a GPU ;) Thanks for the advise.

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Then it's perfect. Yeah! Me too. I love modding Skyrim. Just set up the enblocal well so that you can put the stress on the GPU instead of the CPU. Here's a list of some of the guides I use: http://bit.ly/2wGQasj

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Sounds like a good plan, since you do NOT have DDR4 RAM and just DDR3 RAM, but you could have sold just the CPU and gotten an i5 3330, would have been a better choice than an i5 2400.
If your PSU has 28AMPs or more on the +12V rail and the proper cables for the GPUs(6x/8x pin) you do NOT need a better PSU for a gtx 970 or especially gtx 1060.


I'd say that second hand you are best to find a cheap Sandy-Bridge/Ivy-Bridge/Haswell xeon quad core for the LGA 1156/1155/1150 motherboards, they are quite cheap and are the same as i5s and i7s, just without the iGPUs.

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Since you are from Pakistan, I hope you know the site aliexpress. It's good, reliable and cheap and I've bought from it many times before and I live in Bulgaria.

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https://www.aliexpress.com/item/Intel-Xeon-e3-1230-E3-1230-E3-1230-SR00H-3-20GHz-8MB-Quad-Core-LGA1155-CPU/32805440711.html?spm=2114.search0104.3.9.B3aJRr&ws_ab_test=searchweb0_0,searchweb201602_5_10152_10065_10151_10068_5430020_5410020_10304_10307_10137_10060_10302_10155_10154_5370011_10056_10055_10054_10059_100031_10099_5400020_10103_10102_10052_10053_10142_10107_10050_10051_9987_5380020_10171_10084_10083_10080_10082_10081_10110_10111_10112_5390011_10113_10114_10312_10313_10314_10315_10078_10079_10073_5420011,searchweb201603_1,ppcSwitch_5&btsid=81624093-5721-4060-af29-b2fd660bea2c&algo_expid=4b934871-766c-4138-bc69-140f2bc31805-1&algo_pvid=4b934871-766c-4138-bc69-140f2bc31805

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This is basically an i7 4770k clocked at 3.2Ghz, without an iGPU, does NOT overclock, costs 90$, or some 5700 rupees I think.

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https://www.aliexpress.com/item/original-motherboard-for-Gigabyte-GA-Z77M-D3H-LGA-1155-DDR3-Z77M-D3H-boards-32GB-Micro-ATX/32612952196.html?spm=2114.search0104.3.10.Pe6gJP&ws_ab_test=searchweb0_0,searchweb201602_5_10152_10065_10151_10068_10304_10307_10137_10060_10302_10155_10154_5370011_10056_10055_10054_10059_100031_10099_5400020_5410011_10103_10102_5430011_10052_10053_10142_10107_10050_10051_5380020_10171_5390020_10084_10083_10080_10082_10081_10110_10111_10112_10113_10114_10312_10313_10314_10315_10078_10079_10073_5420011,searchweb201603_1,ppcSwitch_5&btsid=52d8007d-f46b-4a55-964e-5f7631fbe223&algo_expid=2c216ab5-e4d5-452e-ac39-a4a6dcd47fd8-1&algo_pvid=2c216ab5-e4d5-452e-ac39-a4a6dcd47fd8

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Above is an 1151 motherboard for 75$ or the equivalent of that in rupee from Gigabyte with 4x RAM slots, PCI-E 3.0 and will be perfect for that xeon.

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Sorry for the long links, but that's how it is with this site and since you are in Pakistan, I know that this site is great for all of Asia and Eastern Europe and as long as they have good reputation, everything will be fine. :)

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Psy. Use Shortify.

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Thanks for letting me know dude, much appreciated. :)

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I'm mainly using OLX and a website called PakGamers to find good deals since they're the number one places to go for second hand tech and gaming stuff. Funny thing, there was an E3-1240 V2 with a 1155 motherboard available for sale a short while ago but it got sniped really fast because of how cheap it was (13k) so….

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The 2400 combo is the next best thing. I don't plan on using the computer for more than a year so I think it should suit my needs fine, don't you think? I've heard good things about AliExpress but my dad, the only one with a credit card in my house, isn't too keen on it so I can't get anything from there.

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Thanks for the reply.

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No probs.
Then sure get the i5 2400 it is still a good option. :)

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