Anyone ever buy a used CPU?

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SanditeCowboy

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My wife has an older gaming computer and the AMD FX cpu in it is limiting her experience. Was looking to upgrade to an FX8350 or higher and they are $300-$400 new. There are a number of used ones on Amazon as well.

If I need to dish out that kind of money might as well just get a new system.

Has anyone bought used cpus? Is it risky, seems like it would be?


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Yes, I've bought several. The last one I bought lasted 5 years before I replaced it and was still working fine. I replaced it with another refurbished unit. I buy certified refurbished.
 

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Thanks Rx, where do you buy from?


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The one I'm using at the moment I got from Newegg. The last one I bought from the university and was hoping to get another one this summer, but because of the pandemic we're not going to be replacing any computers any time soon, so I bought from Newegg.
 

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My wife has an older gaming computer and the AMD FX cpu in it is limiting her experience. Was looking to upgrade to an FX8350 or higher and they are $300-$400 new. There are a number of used ones on Amazon as well.

If I need to dish out that kind of money might as well just get a new system.

Has anyone bought used cpus? Is it risky, seems like it would be?


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I may have confused myself reading this. Are you looking to buy a used FX8350 (CPU chip only) or higher or are you looking at buying a used/refurbished system (box)?

EDIT: and are you sure its the CPU that is limiting her experience? What graphics card is it using? What games does she play and at what resolution?

EDIT2x: what kind of storage medium? HDD, SSD? often moving from HDD to SSD for can be a game changer.
 

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My wife has an older gaming computer and the AMD FX cpu in it is limiting her experience. Was looking to upgrade to an FX8350 or higher and they are $300-$400 new. There are a number of used ones on Amazon as well.

If I need to dish out that kind of money might as well just get a new system.

Has anyone bought used cpus? Is it risky, seems like it would be?


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I may have confused myself reading this. Are you looking to buy a used FX8350 (CPU chip only) or higher or are you looking at buying a used/refurbished system (box)?

EDIT: and are you sure its the CPU that is limiting her experience? What graphics card is it using? What games does she play and at what resolution?

EDIT2x: what kind of storage medium? HDD, SSD? often moving from HDD to SSD for can be a game changer.
Looking to upgrade the chip. She is playing WOW. I checked the minimum and recommended specs and her cpu chip is currently an AMD FX 4300. The recommended by WOW is an 8310. I checked the graphics card specs as well and it exceeds the recommended.

I believe it is HDD.


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My wife has an older gaming computer and the AMD FX cpu in it is limiting her experience. Was looking to upgrade to an FX8350 or higher and they are $300-$400 new. There are a number of used ones on Amazon as well.

If I need to dish out that kind of money might as well just get a new system.

Has anyone bought used cpus? Is it risky, seems like it would be?


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I may have confused myself reading this. Are you looking to buy a used FX8350 (CPU chip only) or higher or are you looking at buying a used/refurbished system (box)?

EDIT: and are you sure its the CPU that is limiting her experience? What graphics card is it using? What games does she play and at what resolution?

EDIT2x: what kind of storage medium? HDD, SSD? often moving from HDD to SSD for can be a game changer.
Looking to upgrade the chip. She is playing WOW. I checked the minimum and recommended specs and her cpu chip is currently an AMD FX 4300. The recommended by WOW is an 8310. I checked the graphics card specs as well and it exceeds the recommended.

I believe it is HDD.


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Don't ever underestimate the affect that increasing the memory can have on a system as well.

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My wife has an older gaming computer and the AMD FX cpu in it is limiting her experience. Was looking to upgrade to an FX8350 or higher and they are $300-$400 new. There are a number of used ones on Amazon as well.

If I need to dish out that kind of money might as well just get a new system.

Has anyone bought used cpus? Is it risky, seems like it would be?


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I may have confused myself reading this. Are you looking to buy a used FX8350 (CPU chip only) or higher or are you looking at buying a used/refurbished system (box)?

EDIT: and are you sure its the CPU that is limiting her experience? What graphics card is it using? What games does she play and at what resolution?

EDIT2x: what kind of storage medium? HDD, SSD? often moving from HDD to SSD for can be a game changer.
Looking to upgrade the chip. She is playing WOW. I checked the minimum and recommended specs and her cpu chip is currently an AMD FX 4300. The recommended by WOW is an 8310. I checked the graphics card specs as well and it exceeds the recommended.

I believe it is HDD.


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Don't ever underestimate the affect that increasing the memory can have on a system as well.

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Are you referring to RAM?


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Looking to upgrade the chip. She is playing WOW. I checked the minimum and recommended specs and her cpu chip is currently an AMD FX 4300. The recommended by WOW is an 8310. I checked the graphics card specs as well and it exceeds the recommended.

I believe it is HDD.


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I have never *purchased* a preowned CPU before but I have sold them before. Honest buyers never reported any issues. But I do not have a FX cpu to sell you. ;)

That said, on major sites with like ebay you should be able to get one. Just validate CPU-ID vs your BIOS support before ordering. Use paypal. do the safe things - validate pins on the chip prior to doing anything with it, dont order from overseas, etc

But in all honesty, I would scrap the platform. Even the entry level AMD Ryzen 3 chips will school the FX 8000 chips in single and multithreaded performance. you can do custom bundles on chips and MBs at microcenter for a good deal.

http://hwbench.com/cpus/amd-ryzen-3-2300x-vs-amd-fx-8100

Alternatively, if MB/CPU/RAM upgrade not in the cards due to cost - or cascading reasons (youre trying to upgrade a proprietary dell/HP or whatever) - I would suggest switching to SSD. It will make EVERYTHING run better. AND - you can reutilize it elsewhere if and when you do upgrade.

Just providing some additional perspective.
 

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My wife has an older gaming computer and the AMD FX cpu in it is limiting her experience. Was looking to upgrade to an FX8350 or higher and they are $300-$400 new. There are a number of used ones on Amazon as well.

If I need to dish out that kind of money might as well just get a new system.

Has anyone bought used cpus? Is it risky, seems like it would be?


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I may have confused myself reading this. Are you looking to buy a used FX8350 (CPU chip only) or higher or are you looking at buying a used/refurbished system (box)?

EDIT: and are you sure its the CPU that is limiting her experience? What graphics card is it using? What games does she play and at what resolution?

EDIT2x: what kind of storage medium? HDD, SSD? often moving from HDD to SSD for can be a game changer.
Looking to upgrade the chip. She is playing WOW. I checked the minimum and recommended specs and her cpu chip is currently an AMD FX 4300. The recommended by WOW is an 8310. I checked the graphics card specs as well and it exceeds the recommended.

I believe it is HDD.


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Don't ever underestimate the affect that increasing the memory can have on a system as well.

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Are you referring to RAM?


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Yes. RAM is memory. Memory is RAM.

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Looking to upgrade the chip. She is playing WOW. I checked the minimum and recommended specs and her cpu chip is currently an AMD FX 4300. The recommended by WOW is an 8310. I checked the graphics card specs as well and it exceeds the recommended.

I believe it is HDD.


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The lowest hanging fruit is to replace the hdd with an ssd. It doesn't even have to be a very good ssd to get a massive boost for the average user. I agree with @s5mu93 though, just building a low budget ryzen 3 or ryzen 5 3600 would be pretty cost effective, especially is you already have a case and monitors.
 

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Looking to upgrade the chip. She is playing WOW. I checked the minimum and recommended specs and her cpu chip is currently an AMD FX 4300. The recommended by WOW is an 8310. I checked the graphics card specs as well and it exceeds the recommended.

I believe it is HDD.


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The lowest hanging fruit is to replace the hdd with an ssd. It doesn't even have to be a very good ssd to get a massive boost for the average user. I agree with @s5mu93 though, just building a low budget ryzen 3 or ryzen 5 3600 would be pretty cost effective, especially is you already have a case and monitors.
Wouldn’t building a new set a Ryzen require a new motherboard?


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I haven’t decided yet. Got busy putting a vinyl plank flooring down in our great room.

But leaning toward buying the used cpu chip or starting with converting ssd.


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You gotta have SSD for your operating system. It's the only way to go. I have regular hard drives for storage.