Where/how to find old(er), cheap(er) parts?

BirdofPrey

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I have something of a conundrum. My PC is starting to get rather old. While my video card isn't too horrible quite yet (since I don't have a huge monitor to push and don't tend to play the AAA games with bleeding edge PC melting graphics), the motherboard predates such things as PCIe 3 and USB 3, and my old Phenom II X4 is starting to not cut it anymore. The problem, though, is I can't really afford to buy new gear at the moment.

I was wondering if there are any good places to pick up cast offs for people who have upgraded their old rigs and are getting rid of their previous stuff. Since I have everything else, all I'd really need is a motherboard and CPU (though memory as well would be good to have), but don't really know where to find used, but not older than a year or two, or discount parts.

Any suggestions?
 

BirdofPrey

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I figured eBay, but there have to be other places.
Not entirely sure about local gaming forums. I don't know any that are "local" to where I live geographically (and can't say I have seen any good pickings on cragslist, maybe should put out a wanted ad)
 

Vittra

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Depends on where you live, but enthusiast forums have B/S/T (Buy/Sell/Trade) threads. Think [H], Anandtech, HWC, etc.

Also, based on region, there are deal sites that have B/S/T sections. Canadians have RFD for example.

Also recently discovered /r/HardWareSwap and /r/CanadianHardWareSwap, if you happen to like Reddit. Note that I haven't actually used either yet, but it looks like the US one is quite active and has a feedback system integrated.
 

veryrarium

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I'm curious, which CPUs and mobos will you be happy upgrading to in terms of brand, generation, chipset, and features?
 

BirdofPrey

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This might be super unhelpful, but I am somewhat unsure of that myself.
I don't really have any brand preferences other than to say I want to at least get hardware that isn't crap.
I do want to get something no more than a generation or two old, and was looking mainly at the mainstream chipsets, but if a previous generation gaming/performance chipset is cheap enough, that's great. I'm hoping to have reasonably new features (USB 3.0, 16 PCIe 3.0 lanes [all I need, I don't go for dual graphics]), and was hoping to get something with Intel SRT (though if anyone knows any alternatives for SSD caching that doesn't require me to just straight up buy a new drive specifically shipped as a cache drive, I will accept said alternative which would also open up AMD platforms). Overclocking isn't something I care about, but again, I'll take it if the price is right.

Horray vaugeness
 

BirdofPrey

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That looks like it might be useful, does it report to the OS as a single disk (and how well does Win 10 support hybrid drives in the first place)? What would that be categorized as when looking on computer parts websites?
I came across some software for the purpose, but most of them are sold with specific drives (that usually cost a bit extra). The only thing I could find that can be purchased by itself was PrimoCache which I tried during the beta phase and eventually uninstalled since it would pretty much burn the cache for no reason, now that it costs money, I need to be assured it won't spend most of its time not actually caching anything.
 

BirdofPrey

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Oh, it only mirrors a set part of the disk? That hardly seems useful unless I can specifically tell windows to put certain things there. I already do the whole data disk and file disk thing, but the problem is I end up with the problem where the program disk runs out of space when I have storage left, and the fact some of those programs I don't use enough, or launch fast enough I don't really care about speeding them up, meanwhile there's some files I use a lot and some games like to store a bunch of stuff in the users folder.

That's why I was trying to find an actual intelligent solution.
 

Phuncz

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You could probably partition it to mimic the difference but what benefit does it have then ? It seems like an item that wastes space and money for the sole benefit of providing a feature that is moot when you already have the hardware.