Short Thought: The Rip Off "Gaming" PCs of eBay
Recently during the lockdown, I’ve taken to looking at ways I could do a little more in my free time to make some of that precious gold. Or, money, as it comes down to.
As I’m very much a tech geek, I tried scouring eBay for faulty PlayStation 4s or Xbox Ones that I could repair and sell on, or other such similar hustles. That’s when I thought – “hmm, maybe I could build some PCs to sell on?”
That’s when I searched for gaming PCs on eBay. WOW – what a mess. “ULTRA FAST i3, AMAZING SO QUICK BULLDOZER, IT’S FROM THE FUTURE i3-2100!!”
Hoping these frankly awful builds were just falling by the wayside, I switched over to “Completed Items” and I was saddened by the sheer amount of these PCs that were, and are, selling. To me, these listings are nothing more than a scam. Most of them are vastly overpriced, marketed as “ULTRA FAST”, whilst packing a CPU from nine years ago and whichever random refurbished GPU they can shove in there. Some of them even include a relatively recent and decent performing GTX 1660 with a PC costing around £400; but heavily bottlenecked by the bargain basement CPU and motherboard – by today’s standards.
Let’s take this one as an example.
For £420 at the time of writing, you’re getting a nine-year-old i7-2600 (not even the K variant so you can overclock), 16GB RAM (DDR3 memory is pretty cheap), 2TB hard drive with a 480GB SSD and a…GT 710. That particular seller allows you to choose a GTX 1660, but in more demanding titles that i7 will cause you bottlenecking, with realistically no upgrade path – short of an eight-year-old CPU instead. That, though, bumps the price up to £690! You’d be better off with a laptop.
My recent £300 build will perform better than that PC, with the 3200G APU outperforming the GT710. That also comes with a B450 motherboard so you can upgrade to AMDs upcoming Zen 3 CPUs and a power supply that doesn’t suck.
This particular seller isn’t the only offender, as there are plenty of others all peddling the same crap. It’s no surprise who will be buying these, either; parents of kids who have no idea, or interest, in the market so these sellers have a prime market to mislead.
I wish these kinds of listings weren’t allowed and it was more obvious to people just how outdated these PCs are.
But hey, at least it comes with TeamViewer pre-installed!
Senior Staff Writer
IT technician by trade. Probably running around turning everything on and off again.
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Experience High-End Gaming with a Gaming Desktop
Do you find that your graphics have trouble rendering and lag has become a common issue when you play games? A specialised desktop for gaming is a way to ensure that you can play all of your favourite games with ease, and you can purchase high-end gaming desktops for cheap on eBay. Find pre-assembled and custom desktop options that are capable of playing the high-end games that some systems struggle to play.What are some gaming desktop brands to consider?
There are quite a few options to consider when you are looking for a gaming device to put in your home, but the important thing to remember is that desktop computers typically have different specs that will affect your gaming and the way that the system handles the software. eBay offers new, used, and custom-built computers to fit any budget. Some of the brands that make gaming computers that can handle the most resource-intensive games include:
- Dell gaming desktops
- Asus gaming desktops
- Acer gaming desktops
- MSI gaming desktops
When it comes to gaming, you will require specific features for the game to run correctly on your computer. Playing a game like Hearthstone does not require as much processing power as playing a game like Overwatch, so consider the specs for the games you will be playing. On eBay, youll find gaming desktop deals that allow you to choose which components you want in your desktop so that your system works for your gaming needs. Here are some things to consider:
- Processor: Detailed and graphics-heavy games often require dual- or quad-core processors.
- RAM: 8GB RAM is usually sufficient. However, if you plan to multi-task, you might want to go up to 16GB.
- Graphics card: For the best performance, choose a high-end, dedicated graphics card.
Many gaming desktops have LED lights that you can see on the case. These give you a gaming system that looks more game-centric, especially if you play in the dark. Many gaming rigs will also have a see-through side panel, so you can get coloured LED components that match your case. Some of the colour options that you will find on a gaming desktop include red, green, and blue, but there are also models that use an RBG lighting system that allows you to change the colour of the lights to fit your style.
Here are all the best PC gaming deals from the eBay Plus Weekend event
eBay Plus Weekend has ended for 2021, but if you're looking for more deals, we're rounding up the best eBay EOFY sales on our sister site TechRadar.
As Australia enters another big sales season, eBay has beaten most other online retailers to the punch with it’s eBay Plus Weekend sale. So named, you would think, because it happens for a single weekend, but no: this event lasts from today until June 2, so pretty much a week.
With literally millions of deals up for grabs (this is eBay, afterall) you’re probably going to need some guidance, so we’ve listed some of the best deals we can find that are relevant to PC gamers. To take advantage of the offers you’ll need to be an eBay Plus subscriber, but that’s easy enough: you can sign-up for a free 30-day trial here, and if you decide not to cancel that trial before it rolls over, you’ll pay AU$5 a month or AU$49 a year to keep your membership.
The deals below are highlights and we're adding more as you read this, but you’ll also find 20 percent off “millions of deals across fashion, tech, homewares and more,” so if you’re after, I dunno, a fancy frying pan, you might want to take a closer look. Check back in on this page throughout the sales period for updates.
Without further ado:
Razer DeathAdder V2 Pro | AU$101.76 (usually AU$159)
An exceptional price on this wireless gaming mouse, which comes second in our list of the very best. It has a very generous battery life, Razer's excellent HyperSpeed wireless tech, and feels extremely good in the hand. View Deal
Razer Seiren X desktop microphone | AU$108.16 (usually ~AU$150)
If you fancy getting into streaming, or just want to sound crystal clear during your next Zoom call, this desktop condenser mic is well-regarded. Comes with an in-built shock mount, and a supercardioid polar pattern, all the better for picking up your voice and nothing else in the room.View Deal
Razer BlackWidow V3 Pro | AU$191.36 (usually ~AU$299)
Here's a premium wireless mechanical keyboard, with the usual Razer Chroma fireworks on display. While this can connect to your PC via Bluetooth or Razer's own HyperSpeed wireless tech, you can also use USB-C, if you fancy it. View Deal
Razer BlackWidow Chroma | AU$95.40 (usually AU$149)
A bit over AU$50 off the 2019 edition of this green switch mechanical keyboard, which has an advertised 80 million keystroke lifespan and, yep, all the RGB lighting you could possibly ever want. To get this discount, you'll need to use the coupon code PLUSTI20 at checkout.View Deal
Xiaomi Mi 34-inch curved gaming monitor | AU$489 (usually AU$539)
A nice AU$50 off this 1440p curved gaming monitor, which offers up 34 inches of 144Hz performance: not bad at all for this price. Comes with FreeSync support and 300 nits of radiant brightness. Use the code PLUSCC1 at checkout for this price.View Deal
Razer Huntsman Mini mechanical keyboard | AU$101.76 (usually ~AU$160)
This compact mechanical keyboard with the usual RGB adornments is great for players who travel a lot, or lack a whole lot of desk space. To get this price, you'll need to add it to your cart to receive a 20 percent discount, and then use the coupon code PLUSTI20 to get the full discount.
Razer Basilisk Ultimate gaming mouse | AU$159.20 (usually AU$199)
Using the coupon code PLUSTI20 you can get a little over AU$40 off this wireless gaming mouse, which comes with a charging dock. That's a great discount on a mouse that's normally quite pricey - enough to maybe tip you over the edge.View Deal
Logitech G915 TKL wireless gaming keyboard | AU$263.95 (usually AU$379.95)
Here's a wireless gaming keyboard boasting a brilliant lag-free experience, with great battery life and low-profile mechanical switches. It's a pricey affair usually, and this is even with this discount, but if you've had your eyes on it now may be the time to bite.View Deal
Alienware 25 AW2621HFL gaming monitor | AU$348.80 (usually AU$699)
An extremely tempting chunk off this 240Hz gaming monitor, with 1ms response time and a vibrant HD display. Dell monitors go on sale fairly frequently, but this is a very generous discount if you're after a high refresh rate beast. Use the discount code PNVDG20 at checkout.View Deal
Alienware 27 AW2720HF gaming monitor | AU$479 (usually AU$899)
Here's another Dell monitor with a 240Hz refresh rate, this time with a 27 inch display and FreeSync support. It's not often you see this model get so heavily discounted, so if you're after competitive performance it's well worth consideration. Use the coupon code PNVDG20 for this offer.View Deal
New Alienware M15 R5 gaming laptop | R7 5800H | RTX 3060 | 16GB RAM | 512GB SSD | AU$2,239.19 (usually AU$2,799)
Using the coupon code PNVDG20 you can get a nice discount on this powerful gaming laptop, to the tune of over AU$500. These specs should hold you in good stead if you want to play modern blockbuster games (with ray tracing to boot), and the 1080p display boasts a 165Hz refresh rate.
Dell G7 17 gaming laptop | i7-10750H | RTX 2070 | 16GB RAM | 512 GB SSD | AU$1,599 (usually AU$2,999)
Well over a grand off this G7, which has a 17 inch screen with a 144Hz refresh rate. It doesn't come packed with a 30 series GPU, but these Dell models are pretty good if you're after a gaming laptop that you could also feasibly use for work, and won't mind travelling with. You'll need the code PNVDG20 to get this price.View Deal
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