Can I build a computer buying pieces on ebay? I need technical help!

@missak (3311)
Spain
June 27, 2007 7:08pm CST
I would like to buy some pieces to fix my computer. I have an AMD 64 bits. I don't know actually what is wrong, the graphic card, the mother board or the CPU. If I need, I would buy theese 3 pieces. Can you recomend me good pieces I could use that are more or less the average (I mean, like for a pentium IV or a good similar AMD)? What other pieces I will have to buy that are directly related by compatibility means? The RAM maybe?
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@herrbaggs (1308)
• United States
28 Jun 07
Buy your computer parts from New Egg and maybe geeks. There is a magazine named maximum PC, subscribe, then build, not before. My wife and I over the last 15 years have built over 40 computers for us and other people. Get Max PC then start your oddessy, you will under stand after the first issue.
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@herrbaggs (1308)
• United States
28 Jun 07
I may make a suggestion, make sure your power supply is working properly. We had one drive us to the brink of insanity. WE checked every which way we could and could find nothing.[ I am an electrician] We bought a new power supply and everything worked fine. If you do try a sata with at least 6 to 800 watts.
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• Kottayam, India
28 Jun 07
better consult good technician very near to you.
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• Italy
28 Jun 07
Yes you can assembly your computer by buying single parts of it, on ebay for example, you need a CPU, I recomend one of the new Pentium dual core, a mother board that is compatible with your CPU, a graphic card, personally I use an Ati Radeon and it seems quite good, than you can use parts from other old computers as hard disk, modem, sound card and RAM memories. It will cost you 500 dollars maximum.
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@filmbuff (2909)
• United States
28 Jun 07
You can buy stuff from ebay it fix your current computer. I would however suggest buying new parts from various online companies directly. You may pay a little more but they at least will come with a warranty and you know you are getting new parts and second hand-me-downs that may or may not be defective. I can't really advise you on what to get because I'm not sure exactly what you have. I also can't diagnose the problems you are having to pinpoint the failing parts because I don't know what the problems are. The best thing you can do to figure out what parts you need is decide if you want to replace all 3 parts with you currently have or similar, or if you want to upgrade them to the newer technology that is out now. If you upgrade you will probably have to replace all three parts and possibly your RAM as well. If you want to stay with what you have more or less, it's important to find out the exact model numbers and specs of your CPU, RAM and graphics card. With than info you can start looking for a compatible motherboard for those pieces so you don't have to replace them all if just want piece is failing. Any additional info you can provide on the parts and the especially the problems you are having would help me to figure out exactly what is wrong with your computer. It very well could be a power-supply issue, which could make it look like a problem with the other parts you mentioned, or a software one.
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@missak (3311)
• Spain
29 Jun 07
Thank you for all that. I have already changed the power supply and the ram, and a few time ago I changed the CPU and motherboard. So what rests is the graphic card... but I am afraid whatever is causing the broblem can burn the motherboard, what is what happened with the previous ones. Previously I had a 32 bits AMD so I was rather thinking on taking an old one, it would be cheaper and easier to find on ebay...
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@filmbuff (2909)
• United States
29 Jun 07
If the motherboard if frying, I would look at power issues first. Either a faulty power supply (I know you've changed it) or checking to make sure that the computer is grounded. There could also be a short-circuit happening in the case, have you tried replacing the chasis? (Chasis is the case that holds everything) Honestly though, I had a system doing much the same as yours once. I replaced parts and kept trying to diagnose it and no matter what I did it kept failing. My solution was to junk it and get a new computer. I think that might be your best option too.
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@filmbuff (2909)
• United States
29 Jun 07
Along with the checking the power supply and to make sure the system is grounded, also check the source. Where you are plugging it in I mean. If you have high voltage it will eventually fry the power supply and then start killing off senstive parts like the ram, motherboard and cpu. Make sure everything is grounded, including the outlet you are plugging into.
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• Canada
30 Jun 07
Hi Missak, I am grateful that I do not have to deal with any technical problems with my computer because my hubby is the 'techie' in our house. I saw your question and asked him to read it over. He said that if you were his client the first question he would ask is what is NOT working? He thinks you might be wasting your money if you cannot give a technical support person an idea of what your system is doing and when the problem started. It might be something minor and pulling out parts and replacing them randomly may not resolve things. For example a friend of ours started doing that when the monitor kept acting weird. He replaced this and that..and after a lot of frustration realized the cord to his monitor was the culprit! Good luck with whatever you decide to do. We all like our computers to work...cannot miss any mylot time...Right?
@missak (3311)
• Spain
30 Jun 07
Hi Perspectives! I know you are right... but the problems is that I have been to two different technicians and they seem not knowing what really happens and they have made me buy the half of the pieces of my computer, so I am afraid if they make me replacing the other half I would rather buy a new computer... so I was trying to find a cheap option for meanwhile...
• Canada
2 Jul 07
Hi again, Hope you are finding a solution to your computer challenge. If you are still getting the run around my hubby said you could e-mail him directly and he will see if he can assist you in whatever way he can. Good luck!
• United States
29 Jun 07
Here is my suggestion, you need to find out what is actually going on with your computer before you worry about buying parts. It sound like you bought top of the line 4 years ago and unless you are doing very current and fancy stuff a replacement is not necessary. Also, your problem may not be in the hardware but in the software and then you would really be shooting money down the drain. Get someone who is knowledgeable with computers, may have to be a repair shop or a friend, to look it over or else it is probably more economical to buy a new. To check your software go to www.pandasoftware.com and use their FREE Activescan software. This is a great tool which I use all the time. It will remove viruses and identify spyware. If you find a bunch of this stuff (2 or more viruses and 10 or more spyware) then I would say this is your problem. Let me know how it turns out.
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• United States
29 Jun 07
Oh, uh, yes you can buy all the new parts you might need off of Ebay including whole computers, lol.
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@babostwick (2037)
• United States
28 Jun 07
Is your computer under warranty or not? If it is, I would have suggested doing that 1st before that. How much RAM do you have exactly? Just trying to find out more materials so perhaps I could possibly help you out more in detail. I think that what I suggested might help you out. It could save you money on that but you can buy pieces on ebay. You just have to check the seller's rep, though I'm sure you know that.
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@missak (3311)
• Spain
28 Jun 07
Well, the warranty thing is a long story, but in short I would say no. I had 1Gb of RAM in two pieces. I have already bought new RAM and changed nearly all the pieces (exept the graphic card), but I think actually the problem is that the group is getting old (4 years) so I would rather save for buying a new one. The ebay idea is just a desesperate thing for meanwhile.
@MH4444 (2161)
• United States
29 Jun 07
I can help you with that. I sell computers and parts on-line. I currently have many models and parts. Once you know what you need message me here and you can verify my rating as a vendor on here: http://stores.ebay.com/Collectibles-by-Michelle
@nokia6233 (937)
• India
29 Jun 07
If you are not really sure abput eh components and stuffs in a computer i would recommend you to buy a branded one intead like Dell or HP or anything else... However buying spares and assembling your own computers are cheaper and you can choose the components which only need..
@thesilph (10)
• Portugal
28 Jun 07
yes the Ram is one other probability, but if you are almost investing in a new computer (because motherboard, graphic card and CPU are very important parts of the computer) i think you should go for a Core2Duo, they are cheap, fast, and with low-power consumption... but i gotta know, are you going to buy some new RAM too? if you're going to buy new RAM I think you should go to DDR2 or if you have some extra money DDR3... Sorry for the poor english
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@Nardz13 (5059)
• New Zealand
28 Jun 07
Hi there, I think you could build a computer buying pieces on ebay, as long as the components are all compitable I suppose... Good luck, Go and build one out of this world...
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@Corezz (1016)
• Netherlands Antilles
28 Jun 07
Shure you can, I have a friend who did this thing but he didn't buyed them from ebay, froma deposit pieces. Hy computer is very good and very cheap. So if you have a pieces deposit in your town or apropiate to your town go ;).
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• India
28 Jun 07
yea sure u can,just make sure u buy good parts,
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@onedollar (782)
• Belgium
28 Jun 07
I used to do all those things when I was younger. But now I don't have the time and don't want to waste too much time with configuring and tweaking of my computer. I just bought an imac I really love it, it's by far the best computer I have ever owned.
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28 Jun 07
You didn't specify the socket of your processor? i guess it an amd sempron, you should know the socket of the processor you have right now if your are going to replace those three you mention, then shop around eBay i suggest you buy a good thermal heat gel before you put your processor tp your new board, then buy vga cards that is compatible in your board for example you have a agp slot then buy a vga that is for agp slot, same is through with your ram, if you got a board that supports a DDR2 ram or DDR then buy whats compatible. but besure you know how to put back the case wirings, because different boards have slight difference as to where you are going to connect the connectors.
@miryam (6507)
• Italy
28 Jun 07
Hi, now try to recomend the best pieces for your computer: MAINBOARD: for your cpu the actually best mainboard are "asus pl5b" or "msi". You could find the news on a web site, www.asus.com or www.msi.com RAM : in absolute the best is kingstom 512Mbyte. I recomend you to buy 4 pieces of ram so you have 2Gbyte GRAPHIC CARD : for this mainboard i recomend ATI 256Mbyte PCI Express I hope to be help you, if you want more information about that write me and i reply you. by Myry--------I suppose.........eheheh
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@tim_un (355)
• Malaysia
28 Jun 07
Hi Missak,what's the syntomps on your computer? Because by buying the 3 parts might not able to resolve your problem if you haven't clarify the exact problem. So please send to computer shop or if you have IT friend, please ask them to check for you 1st. Hope you save some money for food :)
• India
28 Jun 07
Frnd i hav done my a+ n all i can say is u can go ahead with ur plan n buy pieces from e bay.. but i do feel somthings are too expensive on e bay.. once u hav got them all.. build ur own computer.. if u do not want to change ur cpu, then buy a motherboard with a slot in which ur cpu fits...it is not necessary that wat ram u hav wil only fit on that motherboard.. if u hav sum resources that r working.. then get a motherboard which can use most of these.. u may have to compromise on some though..
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@Lakota12 (42681)
• United States
28 Jun 07
this is a very good question and one I would like to know myself but dont know what they have on ebay I get a news letter from Worldstart.com and they offer differnt things also give you pointers on what to get with in the news letter. alot of what hey offer is very reasonalble have a look and see if this is what you want to use maybe in future
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@2wicelot (2946)
28 Jun 07
It is very possible to build a computer from scratch and I believe it is possible to get all the components you need for that separately from ebay. However the danger with building a computer this way is as you mentioned the compatibility issue. You really need to be careful and prepare well in advance for it. Try to get a list of exactly the components needed which would be compatible before you begin.
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