So I just built up a new gaming PC for dirt-cheap...

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  1. Jayro
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    My old gaming PC's specs:

    Gigabyte GA-M61PME-S2 motherboard (Specs page here)
    Athlon 64 X2 6000+ (AM2+) @3.0GHz (Dual-Core, 64-bit)
    2x 4GB ECC DDR2 sticks @ 800MHz (Motherboard would only POST 2GB per stick, capping me at 4GB dual-channeled total RAM)
    GeForce GTS 450
    a single 250GB SATA II Seagate harddrive
    IDE LITE-ON DVD burner
    "Fast Ethernet" (10/100) Nvidia Ethernet



    My new gaming PC's specs:

    Intel Core i5 650 @ 3.2GHz
    2x 2GB DDR3 PC1333 sticks Kingston RAM
    GeForce 750 GTX 1GB (slot-powered, very short card made by ZOTAC)
    2x non-raided 320GB SATA II Seagate harddrives (One for Windows 10 and games, other for storage and scratch space)
    SATA Blu-ray reader, DVD burner combo drive
    Gigabit (10/100/1000) Intel Ethernet
    Wireless N 150 PCI Wi-Fi card



    The new specs in full:

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    Now get this... I bought this computer tower (minus the free harddrives and new GeForce 750 GTX) for just $65 USD. It was at a Goodwill store, completely clogged up with dust. I took it home, and cleaned it out with canned air, re-wired the power cables neatly and securely, updated the BIOS to the latest, and added the harddrives from a non-working tower. Then I bought the GeForce 750 GTX for an additional $74.99 USD on Newegg.com, bringing the total for this beast to a whopping $140 USD!

    Not bad specs for the price, right? I plan on adding in a USB 3.0 PCI-e 1x card and an exhaust fan, but for the most-part, this thing runs like an absolute dream compared to the shit machine it replaced.
     
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    Not bad at all but I would have gone with a better GPU :P
     
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    It was all I could budget for. I really wanted the 960 GTX, but it was out of my price range. :/
     
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    Why the Intel i5 650? :wtf:
    oh wait, $140? Sweet :wacko::grog::bow:
     
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    How is that even possible? The processor alone should cost more than that.
     
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    More often than not, Goodwill Industries sells things that they either know is junk, or sell items whole like PCs or consols for dirt-cheap. I just got lucky and scored a good deal on a PC. A few weeks back, they sold me a PS2 slim 75000x model with 3 controllers (2 of them wireless, one Sony Dualshock), 5 games (Tony Hawk 3 and GTA San Andreas being the only two of five worth mentioning), Two Sony branded 8MB memory cards, and all the cables for just $24. It all works flawlessly too. I even got a 3D Blu-ray player and an HD-DVD player for next to nothing. Even scored a 9600 GSO (768MB) nvidia card for $4!
     
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    my dad works for nintendo.
    *complains about not living on america or a place where great deals like those are possible*
     
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    I got the following for less than $10, I only had a $10 in my pocket but I know I was able to pay for all this:
    PS2 Fat (Working W/ Cords) - $2.99
    PS2 Controller - $1.99
    GTA III - $.99
    GTA Vice City - $.99
    Wolfenstein The New Order - $.99
     
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    Hell... I wish there was some Goodwill Industries store in Germany.
     
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    You neglected to mention that parts were stripped from other computers. :P
     
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    They sell computers without harddrives. Luckily I also got a 320GB harddrive out of a series 4 TiVo that same day.
     
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    I wish my goodwill sold any electronics, must of been a super center.
     
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    It was the kind you dig through the bins.
     
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    Kinda off topic, but if they sell stuff at soooo dirty cheap prices, how do they acquire them at these low rates at first place? Do they not have a profit margin?
     
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  15. thorasgar

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    Goodwill is a nonprofit thrift shop and they use the proceedes for job training and charitable stuff like that. So everything is donated.
     
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    Ooh i didn't know that. (sorry)
     
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