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Selling a functioning PC without a case: whole or parts?

by edbase / January 11, 2015 1:17 AM PST


I was building a small custom computer for myself but need to sell it due to upcoming travels. I have not yet bought a case for it. Is it better to sell separate parts or as a whole PC? It is a functioning computer powered by Dell's power adapter. I run it from a cardboard box for now. My concern is that being without a case it will not appeal to many buyers and only to a small group of enthusiasts. However, I need to sell it fast and selling separate parts could be a tedious task.

So there you have it, does is make sense financially to sell functioning collection of parts as a whole PC? I would not want to sell it cheap due to a lack of case. It is a very cool computer with mini-ITX motherboard, 3.20GHz Intel i5 CPU and, rather uniquely, powered by a combination of picoPSU and Dell's slim AC adapter. Makes me wander if a $40 case would not increase the value by another $100 or so.


Motherboard: Asus H81I PLUS
CPU: Intel Core i5-4570 3.2GHz
Memory: 2 x Kingston 4GB DDR3 CL9
SSD Drive: Kingston 120GB
Power: Dell 150W Ultra Slim Power AC Adapter
PSU: 200W mini-ITX power supply DC 16V-24V

I already put it on Ebay but have seconds thoughts about it:


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The desktop market is pretty dead.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 11, 2015 1:50 AM PST

And a not ready to use PC is not going to be looked at by many. Nice choice of CPU and good look at selling parts.

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sell each part separately.
by James Denison / January 18, 2015 9:54 AM PST

Preferably with the same boxes it arrived in.

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