Fair Price?

  Maelstrom 12:45 08 Sep 2003

Im looking to sell my pc and get hold of a Maingear system, however im not entirely sure at what price it would be worth flogging my system for and whether or not upgrading its RAM would allow me to increase my profit margin.

System specs

Packard Bell NEC IXTREME

Operating System Windows 2000 Professional
40.02 Gigabytes Usable Hard Drive Capacity
GoldStar CD-RW CED-8120B [CD-ROM drive]
3.5" format removable media [Floppy drive]
GeForce4 MX 420 [Display adapter]
Packard Bell NEC CI A927 [Monitor] 17.7"vis,

I was considering doubling the RAM and hopefully adding the cost of that and a bit more to whatever price I decide upon, suggestions any1?

  Stuartli 13:20 08 Sep 2003

RAM is cheap these days so it won't make much difference, if any, to the secondhand sale price.

Same for hard drives - a 40MB drive these days is around £35-£45, an 80GB about £55-£65 and a 120GB around ££80 to £85. 17in monitors cost from about £85 upwards (all these prices are for new products).

A rewriter is about £30 upwards depending on make, a DVD-ROM drive (my Pioneer 116 cost more than £50 at the time) from £25 and a floppy costs under a fiver.

You don't list the CPU but I don't think that your system is worth what I would guess you are expecting...:-(

  SheffieldSpy 13:25 08 Sep 2003

I wouldn't have thought that adding extra RAM would increase your profit margin. But you could sell it at a higher price. How much memory and what processor does it use?

  SheffieldSpy 13:57 08 Sep 2003

The memory and processor will make a big difference to the value of your computer.

  Maelstrom 17:22 08 Sep 2003

CPU speed is a 1.8, ive no planes to upgrade the CPU as I know it can be far more costly than adding RAM

  GANDALF <|:-)> 18:13 08 Sep 2003

I would say price it at £250 and accept £200.


  spuds 20:19 08 Sep 2003

Look a eBay or Loot for a price comparison.Selling second-hand computers, is what you think it is worth, and what someone is prepared to pay.Can be very difficult. Adding more memory could go either way consumer wise.

  Maelstrom 21:03 08 Sep 2003

Cheers Spuds, I needed a dose of common sense

  GANDALF <|:-)> 21:12 08 Sep 2003

For £499, at PCW, you can get a new and much higher spec computer with cdrw and dvd. Adding more RAM will not make any difference to the price. Secondhand computers are embarrassingly cheap at present. If you can get £250 rip their hands off.


  Maelstrom 22:45 08 Sep 2003

Whoops guess I forgot to mention that its got 2 cd drives and a dvd writer

  GANDALF <|:-)> 00:11 09 Sep 2003

£300 then...tops. Having more than one CD drive will not make any difference to the vast majority of people. DVD writers are not exactly the hot item of 2003 and they have fallen to around £100.


This thread is now locked and can not be replied to.

Elsewhere on IDG sites

iMac Pro review

Illustrator Charles Williams on how to create magazines and book covers

iMac Pro review

Les meilleures prises CPL (2018)