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What to do with ~$500 dollars: upgrade old PC or buy a PS4 Pro?

- Sat, 09 Jun 2018 11:35:32 EST XDzQfX5P No.121835
File: 1528558532864.jpg -(93235B / 91.05KB, 1024x768) Thumbnail displayed, click image for full size. What to do with ~$500 dollars: upgrade old PC or buy a PS4 Pro?
So I could throw an i5 4460 (would rather 4670 but i don't see any new for less than $350), a GTX 1050 ti 4G and 8GB ram in my 3+ year old mid-range build which would let me run modern games at 1080p a lot better (currently have a GTX 660 2GB, one of the i3 at 3.40 and only 8GB ram) for about $500. Or I could buy a PS4 Pro 1TB and a few games for that same amount.

It's E3 and tomorrow is also June 10th which is Amazon Prime day, and I've got a $100 gift card at Amazon that I've been sitting on. So potentially, there could be even better deals on components/consoles tomorrow. I'm stuck because I really can't afford to do both. My PC is running fine but upgrading it would let me play some games in my Steam library at much better framerates that I've been waiting to play for a bit, but I'd also like to play some of the Playstation exclusives and the Pro seems like it would be a nice living room fixture for the next 5 years or so...

Not sure where to go, I'm leaning towards the PC upgrade but it is probably going to depend on tomorrow's deals.

ErnestBavingwat.pdf - Sat, 09 Jun 2018 16:12:43 EST BzWrvcIa No.121836 Reply
>would rather 4670 but i don't see any new for less than $350

So don't buy it new? You can buy refurbished Optiplex with a 4670 and 8GB of DDR3 for way less than that and that's a full system with a warranty. Don't be afraid to buy a used CPU or RAM. If it passes a burn in test, it should last longer than its service life. Used PSUs, motherboards, and video cards would make me nervous, but it's harder than you would think to go wrong with other components if there's a good return policy.
DavidGemmertidge.bas - Sat, 09 Jun 2018 16:20:28 EST XDzQfX5P No.121837 Reply
maybe if i had an option of where to buy and could shop around for used parts that were certified tested it would be a different story, but the only reason i'm looking to spend any money is because of the sales and the $100 gift card i have at Amazon, and the only used 4670's on there are from random users and i'm not sure what the return policy would even be. maybe at some point i'll be that guy who buys a bunch of cheap refurbished PCs all the time and harvests the parts, but i really don't have the storage space for that right now.
ErnestBavingwat.pdf - Sat, 09 Jun 2018 17:19:20 EST BzWrvcIa No.121840 Reply
Buy the video card on Amazon and look on ebay to see what used CPU and RAM is going for. If you buy something on ebay and it doesn't work, you get a refund minus return shipping and ebay will always side with the buyer.
DavidGemmertidge.bas - Sat, 09 Jun 2018 17:31:41 EST XDzQfX5P No.121841 Reply
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Well if used CPUs that have been tested are okay (i've never bought one used), Amazon has some options too, and some of the sellers have high satisfaction ratings with 1000+ sales... so maybe it would be fine? I mean this 4670k for about $150 is pretty tempting...

I'll have to check ebay too.
AlbertBellerdock.udf - Mon, 11 Jun 2018 16:38:46 EST ds4nWEyb No.121854 Reply
Not only are used CPUs okay, but performance increases are such small increments these days that they're really good value.

If you can catch an enterprise level CPU dump wave you can pick up SERIOUSLY beefy old 2011v1 or 2011v2 Xeon CPUs that kick ass and have a shitload of cores.

The trick is just to get in on it before the motherboards run out. At some point I was considering it. The unlocked 12 core xeons were 80 bucks a pop but the dual socket motherboard to match it was over $450. I was a little late.
JarvisCrundlespear.dwg - Mon, 11 Jun 2018 17:59:27 EST XDzQfX5P No.121856 Reply
yeah, i ended up getting a 4670k for about $170 and a new GTX 1060. I don't have a 1440p monitor or anything so I should be set for awhile. Pretty stoked to throw them in, should be here in a couple of days.

Thanks for the advice /tech/, I honestly wouldn't have even thought to go for a used CPU had I not checked in here first.

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