Custom Gaming PC, Ready for GPU Upgrade - $700obo - $700

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condition: like new
make / manufacturer: Custom-Built
model name / number: Custom-Built
Asking Price: $700obo
Available for sale: Custom Gaming Desktop PC, Intel Core i7-10700K CPU, 32GB RAM, 1.5TB storage

NOTE: If the ad is still up, the gaming PC is still available. Also, please, do NOT contact me via the craigslist contact email, and request I reply back to some other email address. Per craigslist policy, and for reasons everyone should understand (to those this would apply to, you know exactly the reason I’m saying this), I will ONLY reply via the craigslist email address. Also, I apologize for the length of this ad. I try to make my listings short, but due to the information needing to be mentioned, the ad is much longer than I typically prefer.

To start, this gaming desktop consists of some brand-new components, some slightly used components, and one refurbished component. In the component breakdown (below), I will indicate which components are ‘new’ & ‘refurbished’. Any components without such info is ‘used’…although, at the same time, ‘used’ components are no older than 3yrs, with some (such as the memory & 2.5” SSD) only 2yrs old.

CPU: Intel Core i7-10700K (Unlocked, capable of overclocking)
Motherboard: MSI MAG B460M Mortar WiFi, REFURBISHED
Memory: 32GB (2x 16GB) Corsair Vengeance 3600MHz (OCed to 2966MHz, due to mobo limit)
CPU Cooler: NZXT AIO Liquid Cooling w/ 140mm fan
Case: Cooler Master MasterBox Q300L Micro-ATX Tower, NEW
Case fan: NZXT 120mm fan
Power Supply: NZXT SFX 650W Gold
Primary (ie. “Boot”) Drive: Samsung M.2 512GB, NEW
Secondary (ie. “Data”) Drive: Samsung 870 2.5” 1GB SSD
OS: Windows 11 Pro, all updates installed through 4/21/24
GPU: PowerColor AMD Radeon R7 240, 2GB DDR5, PCIE 3.0, NEW

I initially built this computer three years ago, to replace my Corsair One. At the time, it was housed in an NZXT H1 Mini-ITX case, had an Asus motherboard, only 16GB (2x 8GB) of RAM, and an RTX 3080 graphics card. My primary computer was a Dell XPS 13 laptop, and the desktop was almost entirely used for video editing (between 2021 & 2023, I did less than a dozen videos, so you get the idea of how rarely the desktop was used). Although I updated the OS, and preformed backups on a regular basis, the BIOS was mostly ignored. For the past year, since moving to Las Vegas, the desktop hadn’t been used, but I finally decided to finally set it up. In doing so, I decided to update the BIOS. According to Intel, in order to update to any of the most recent BIOS, the Intel ME (Management Engine) needed to be updated first. Unfortunately, Asus didn’t bother mentioning that, in order to properly update the Intel ME & BIOS to the most recent versions, it had to be done in a particular order, and done in muktiple steps. Their failure to include this information led to the motherboard permanently “crashing” (something, according to multiple forums, including Asus’ own forum, quite a few other people discovered, and something that Asus refuses to take responsibility for).

As such, I had two choices – obtain a replacement Mini-ITX motherboard & rebuild the computer, or build an entirely new computer. Unfortunately, Mini-ITX motherboards having a Socket 1200 (for the CPU), and using DDR4 memory, are no longer made, and I didn’t want to have to purchase a new CPU & RAM, so I decided to build a completely new desktop. As for the old desktop, I decided to obtain a new/refurbished Micro-ATX motherboard, as well as a new case, and transfer everything else over to the ‘new’/rebuilt desktop. In rebuilding the desk, I decided to also reconfigure the setup, thus the reason another new component – the 512GB M.2 – was used. In addition to the new case and boot drive, I also replaced the thermal compound (between the CPU and Liquid cooling block) with brand new Arctic Silver. All other components transferred were also cleaned (regarding the AIO radiator, I cleaned it as best I could, which is to say it’s approximately 90-95% cleaned of dust.

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Now, for the ‘bad’ news (truth-be-told, it’s not really ‘bad’). As you can tell from the components list, above, the RTX 3070 that was in the desktop prior to the rebuild is “missing”. That is one of three components that found their way into the new desktop (the other two are the two M.2 ‘boot’ drives, which were/are in a RAID 0 configuration, thus the reason for the new M.2 ‘boot’ drive in this computer). Because of this, that is the reason for installing the AMD R7 240 graphics card. The buyer is free to keep the graphics card as-is…or, you can replace it with something better/more-powerful (if you intend to use the computer for gaming and/or photo/video editing, I’m sure you’ll be replacing it). That is also why I am not selling the computer for several hundred dollars higher than what I have it listed for. For any potential buyers planning on replacing the graphics card, there is one thing you need to be aware of. Cooler Master states that “graphics cards up to a length of 360mm” can be used…but, due to the AIO cooler, this limits the length to a maximum of 300mm. this shouldn’t be a problem, as most RTX 3070 cards, and below, as well as almost all RTX 4000-series cards, are 300mm, or shorter (RTX 4000-series cards are considerably shorter than RTX 3000-series cards).

As the above list indicates, the currently-installed PSU is 650W, and SFX form-factor. 650W is enough for any RTX 3070 (or below), and is considerably more than enough for almost all RTX 4000-series cards (because the RTX 4000-series cards are more energy-efficient than the RTX 3000-series cards). The PSU already has two 8-pin GPU connectors attached, and is ready power to whatever graphics card you wish to use (if/when you decide to replace the AMD R7 240). Additionally, the two 8-pin connectors are actually 6+2 pin connectors, so that any GPU power requirement (6+6, 8+6, or 8+8) is ready to go. For those who might want to eventually replace the PSU with a standard-size PSU, the case can easily accommodate such. For the back of the case, I have added two thumb screws, to assist in holding graphic cards in place. In-truth, due to the ‘bracket’ design of the case, the thumb screws aren’t actually needed, but I’ve always believed a graphics card is “safer” when thumb screws are used. Finally, regarding the case, as you can probably tell by the photos, when I say the case is “new”, it is truly new. I haven’t even peeled off the protective film on the side window. That will be left on, for the buyer to remove.

The BIOS has been updated, and all drivers are installed. Windows 11 Pro is a “clean install”, and all updates (again, through 4/22/24) have been installed. The only configuration changes made to the ‘default’ settings is that the D: drive has been configured as the “data” drive. This means that the following folders (found within the ‘Users’ folder) are configured to save to the D: drive (ie. Data Drive) - Documents, Photos, Videos, Music, Contacts, Saved Games, Favorites, Links, and Searches. Everything else, including installed applications, will be saved to the C: drive (ie. Boot Drive). The computer has been fully tested, and the memory has been OCed to the maximum allowed (2966MHz) by the motherboard. The CPU can be OCed, but that will be for the new owner to do on his/her own (when installed in the previous configuration, on the Asus motherboard, I had the CPU mildly OCed, to approx 50% of the maximum that motherboard could have done). As you can see from the photos, the desktop is running cool, and has plenty room for overclocking.

Again, the asking price is $700. I have done my best to compare what I am selling, to other similar computers, and priced mine somewhat below what others are asking (to help determine my price, I deducted $400-500, when compared against desktop computers including higher-end graphics cards). If the ad is still listed, the computer is still available. If interested and/or if you have any questions, please, feel free to contact me. All reasonable offers will receive a reply…but, please understand, any “lowball offers” WILL be ignored. Also, understand that, in order for a sale to be completed, at lease one phone call WILL need to take place. This is in-part so that you know I’m an actual person, and that I know you’re an actual person. At the same time, it is also your opportunity to ask any additional questions. In order to complete the phone call, you will need to provide your name & phone number in your email. I understand that some might be uncomfortable in providing such, but, without at least one phone conversation, no sale will take place.

Finally, please, be aware that this is a “cash-only” deals…NO checks, money orders, bank drafts, etc will be accepted. If this deters anyone from being interested, I apologize. Those who are also sellers, and have experienced fraudulent attempts from others to “purchase” what they are selling, will understand my reasoning behind stating “cash only”. As such, please, do not request any other payment form, including PayPal, Square Cash, Venmo, etc, as they will not be accepted. I am willing to meet at a mutually-acceptable safe location, for which I will provide location suggestions once the sale has been negotiated. Finally, I apologize, in advance, but powering on the system at the time of the sale will not be possible. This is purely because the meeting location will be in a public/safe place, and I prefer to not have to bring along a monitor, keyboard, mouse, etc. However, during the phone conversation, if you want to see the computer operating, we could switch to a video-call (I use an Android phone, but also have access to Zoom), so that you could actually see the computer operating.

I do plan to list this on eBay in a few weeks, but I decided to first offer it to those in the Las Vegas area, so as to save the computer from needing to be shipped. This is partly because I don’t entirely trust UPS or FedEx to safely ship the computer, but also because of the additional cost involved (which would, obviously, be paid by the buyer). However, in listing the computer for sale through craigslist, this does NOT mean I will ship it, so, please, do not ask. The craigslist listing is ONLY for in-person purchase & pickup.

Keywords: desktop, gaming, computer, asus, msi, hp, lenovo, dell, alienware, acer, intel

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