4 PC Parts You Should Avoid Buying Used (Second Hand)

4 PC Parts You Should Avoid Buying Used (Second Hand)


When trying to get the most performance out
of every dollar while building a new PC, it may seem like a good idea to buy used parts
from other people. Now, don’t get me wrong, this is a great
method to save a bunch of cash, but there are some components that you should never
buy used. Here is, in no particular order, a list of
4 items that I would not advise ever buying used. 4. Motherboards: The motherboard is the spine of your build. It is responsible for connecting everything
together and it also has the task of delivering the power it receives from your power supply
to components like your CPU, RAM, M.2 Drives and cards such as graphics cards, wireless
cards and so on. That is why you do not want to take any risks
with your motherboard. Buying a used one means it will have a shorter
lifespan and, if it fails, it may end up taking some of your hardware along with it into an
early grave. 3. Power Supply Units: If the motherboard is the spine of your PC,
then the PSU is the heart. It delivers power to EVERYTHING, which makes
it a critical part of any system, even though it is often overlooked as a “boring” part. However, unlike a motherboard, if this part
fails, it can kill anything and everything in your system, whether it be a CPU, GPU,
or just a simple fan or LED strip. Moreover, a faulty power supply may cause
a fire and end up killing you or somebody else along with your PC. So, don’t buy used Power Supplies. They’re pretty cheap anyways. 2. Hard Drives: This may seem a bit odd after the first few
ones. Your HDD doesn’t have the potential of killing
any other components if it fails, yet buying it used is an awful idea. You see, hard drives rely on motors and a
moving arm to read and write data. This means that wear from all the movement
is a big factor and the hard drive is one of the parts that are most prone to failure. Therefore, buying them used just puts you
at a higher risk of losing data if the drive fails. 1. Solid State Drives: Solid state drives, unlike traditional hard
drives, do not have any moving parts. However, what they do have is a limit to how
many times they can be written. This means that with every byte of data that
you write to an SSD it is getting closer to its death. So, when buying a used SSD you can be almost
100% certain that it will fail earlier than a new one, making it a waste of cash. So, there you have it. I would like to say that these are just guidelines
that you would be wise to follow. I’m not saying that you can’t buy a used
part and have it last years on end, but with these particular components, it may just not
be worth taking the risk. I hope you enjoyed this video and if you want
to see more you can click on the right to watch my latest video or on the left to watch
a random video. And as always, this has been vlad from goodsauce
tech, and i’ll catch you in the next one.

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