Help with Buying a PC Tower with an Issue

Gidday you geeky types, in PC land. As I know enough to be dangerous, and how to replace a Power Supply and clean the internals etc, and I respect everyone with any decent PC building or repair knowledge, I thought this would be a good place for a question on a PC issue. I have an option to buy a used tower, Desktop Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550,8GB RAM, 1 TB HDD, GTX 1GB DDR5, VGA : GALAXY GEFORCE GTX 470 FERMI 1 GB DDR5. But the seller says it has an issue with VGA, being "This desktop working fine very quick but the VGA need driver. I trid so many times doesnt take it I dont know why".

There are some screen shots available, on the Ebay page.
http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/-/121857139630?ssPageName=ADME:X:...

Please, can someone say if this is worth the risk/effort, as I am need of a decent tower, mine antiquated MB died recently, and the funds on one hand say go second hand and take a risk, but can't shovel out for this much power(in my limited view) for a newbie. On the other hand I could go for just a MB, G/card, CPU, RAM, etc, but that is tech and dollars I do not have. Your thoughts and or ideas please.
Cheers.

Comments

  • +2

    Sounds like the seller is getting 'driver not responding', or 'driver has stopped' or similar. That usually indicates a dying
    graphics/video card. Also, the power supply does not seem to be quite up to the task of powering a GTX470. I would write-off the video card and PSU and add that to the total price to get a better indication.

    Or he could be just downloading the wrong drivers.

    Depending on what you need it for, I would buy a refurbished PC.

    • Thanks for your reply, I will keep reading and trying to understand what I need/want/can afford to suit my dead tower. I also have to find a replacement dead cheap laptop as well, as I seem to be collecting dying ones.

  • I wouldnt even bother. The risk of ending up with a piece of junk is just far too high.

    Use your existing tower and just put in new components

    EDIT: I'd research AMD CPUs that can do graphics quite well, and get one with a motherboard and 2 ram chips. Then in x months time just add a dedicated GPU

    • Thanks for your reply, I will keep reading and trying to understand what I need/want/can afford to suit my dead tower. I also have to find a replacement dead cheap laptop as well, as I seem to be collecting dying ones.

  • Depends what you need it for, that particular PC is getting on in years, and with the issues already starting to mount up, I'd recommend looking around instead.

    • Thanks for your reply, I will keep reading and trying to understand what I need/want/can afford to suit my dead tower. I also have to find a replacement dead cheap laptop as well, as I seem to be collecting dying ones.

  • Could cost you more to fix and big headache. By the way are you a nudist OP?

    • Thanks to every reply guys, I will keep reading and trying to understand what I need/want/can afford to suit my dead tower. I also have to find a dead cheap laptop as well, as I seem to be collecting dying ones.
      As like most of us I suppose, I want it to do everything the fastest way possible, with 50 windows and tabs all open at the same time for only a few bucks and will last forever. Simples.
      Full blown extreme nudist, all the way.

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