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Refurbished PCs for Gaming on a Budget

Aristo1

28 months ago

I have a tight budget and have been wanting to replace an old, faulty laptop with a PC capable of mild gaming. I've been reading about folks transforming Dell Optiplex machines into gaming computers and I thought this might not be a bad way to go. I understand that upgrade-ability might be an issue down the line, but I'm in need of something for the immediate future.

I've been looking at Optiplex machines and found this one: https://www.amazon.com/Dell-Optiplex-7010-Professional-Refurbished/dp/B01MRICKYX/ref=sr_1_3

It has an i5, 8GB of RAM, a 2TB HDD and comes with Windows 10. I might consider replacing some of the stock parts, but for now, the first upgrade would be something like a low-profile 1050 ti. It'd come to about $400, give or take.

Do you suppose that the effort is worth it, or maybe I might as well just build everything from the ground up?

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  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

This is pretty good prebuilt. Add 1050Ti and 1080p60fps should be fine,

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

Why don't you try something like this?

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
Storage SK hynix - SL308 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $77.88 @ OutletPC
Video Card Gigabyte - GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB Video Card $146.89 @ OutletPC
Other Dell Optiplex w/ 3rd Gen i7-3770, 8GB RAM (w/ S&H) $168.65
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $393.42
Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-09-21 14:51 EDT-0400

Should be a good machine for some time to come.

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm aiming for the 9010 or 7010 models, MT size. Think what I'll do, in addition to slapping a 1050 ti inside, is swap the HDD (if the one I buy comes with one) for a SSD. Probably a 500GB Samsung EVO.

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