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This is my first time EVER buying a used PC. That being said, I am not very knowledgeable on telling good from bad components. My friend is selling me an old PC he has for $1180 and it seems pretty good from what I've researched. I'm just debating between buying his used PC and using that as a foundation for starting my first ever PC build, or if I should buy a new pre-built PC ( This is what has caught my attention so far => [ Register or Signin to view external links. ] ).

Used Computer specs:

Computer Specs:
Processor 3.6 GHz Intel Core i7-4790 Quad-Core 4th-Gen Haswell
Cache L3: 8 MB
Memory Slots: 2
Type: 1600 MHz DDR3 SDRAM
Installed: 16 GB (2x8 GB)
Capacity: 16 GB
Graphics Card Type: Dedicated
Installed: GEFORCE GTX 1080

Storage
Hard Drive Installed: 1 TB
Type: SATA
Optical Drive 24x-Speed SuperMulti DVD Burner
Drive Bay Expansion Quantity: 3
Size: 5.25"
Type: External
Quantity: 8
Size: 3.5"
Type: Internal
PCI Expansion Quantity: 1
Type: PCIe Gen 2 x16
Quantity: 1
Type: PCIe Gen 2 x1

Inputs/Outputs
Ports 3x USB 3.0 (A) (1 x Front, 2 x Rear)
5x USB 2.0 (A) (1 x Front, 4 x Rear)
1x PS/2 (keyboard/mouse)
Display 1x DisplayPort
1x HDMI
1x DVI
1x VGA
Audio 4x 1/8" (3.5 mm)

Communications
Network 10/100/1000 Mbps Gigabit Ethernet (RJ-45)
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth Yes
Keyboard & Mouse
Keyboard Type: Full-Size
Mouse USB

General
Operating System Windows 8.1 (64-bit)
Power Supply 1000 W
Dimensions (WxHxD) 8.5 x 20.3 x 20.9" / 21.6 x 51.6 x 53.1 cm
Weight 30 lb / 13.61 kg

BTW: My plans for the computer are to use it to play games such as FPS, RPG, Battle royale, etc.. For school/ general use (Youtube). Also mainly for using CAD programs such as Solidworks or Auto CAD.

Again i am totally new to the PC world so any helpful input is much appreciated
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Intel i7-4790 : £300 new. You can buy a brand-new 8th generation CPU for that price.
GTX 1080 - £450-500 new.
1TB HDD - £40 new.
16GB DDR3 RAM - £150 new.

Let's say that's £1,000 to buy those components as new.
Your friend wants to sell it to you for £100 less.


Some key things to keep in mind:
- No SSD
- Generic power supply (Can get for ~£40)
- Generic motherboard (Can get for ~£50)
- Generic case
- Windows 8.1 (Assuming he hasn't upgrade to Windows 10)


Personally, I don't think it's that good of a deal. I would be more interested in buying new components when you are not really saving much at all.

For the same price, you will be able to get this:
[ Register or Signin to view external links. ] / [ Register or Signin to view external links. ]

CPU: [ Register or Signin to view external links. ] ($279.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: [ Register or Signin to view external links. ] ($19.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: [ Register or Signin to view external links. ] ($59.99 @ Newegg Business)
Memory: [ Register or Signin to view external links. ] ($130.98 @ Newegg)
Storage: [ Register or Signin to view external links. ] ($47.79 @ Adorama)
Storage: [ Register or Signin to view external links. ] ($58.49 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: [ Register or Signin to view external links. ] ($404.18 @ Amazon)
Case: [ Register or Signin to view external links. ] ($70.46 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: [ Register or Signin to view external links. ] ($36.49 @ Newegg)
Total: $1108.36
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
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You will be getting higher quality components, an SSD, but downgrade the 1080 to a 1070.
You would be able to buy a key for Windows 10 online for around $40-$50, i.e. reddit/r/microsoftsoftwareswap.
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I'd honestly just build your own bro will probably round up to the same price and be 10x better
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Thank you for taking the time to search up and build a PC to compare I'll take the advice and build my own. I am a little intimidated since I've never built anything like this, but ill use the forums for help. Thanks again! If i have any questions is it okay if I PM you for some help?
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You would be better off just posting in the PC building section in case I don't go on TTG for a while.

You can find a lot of youtube tutorials etc. of how to install parts. It's essentially adult expensive lego.
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With that budget you could basically make a beast PC and run pretty much anything, and watching tutorials on YouTube is a perfect start to learning the build of a PC! Good luck tho
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Definitely recommend building your rig my man, much cheaper in the long run and nowadays with the plug-in connectors to the Power Supply makes it super simple before it was just a clutter of wires. Now you just pick which wires you need and go from there.


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