Guide for Buying a Second Hand Computer

Posted on May 8, 2012 by Nikhil P Naik

There are plenty of people who prefer buying Second Hand Computers or used Computer rather than going for new PCs. Numerous reasons can be cited for this. Some of them being:

  • Economically less expensive.
  • Do not prefer spending too much on a PC which will not ask high-performance features. Some might be using a computer only for the purpose of sending e-mails, managing documents or basically just surfing the web. These are some of the jobs which can be done with ease even on older computers, hence even a second-hand computer is able to handle these tasks smoothly.
  • In second hand computers, you get the choice to choose computer parts and other peripherals of our own choice. It the best when you buy the PC at the best price and tune it to personalize your needs.
  • Sometimes you must have noticed that Computer dealers often discourage customers from buying Second hand Computers, but I feel it all depends on the buyer’s perspective.
  • The graphics card, processor and hard drive can all be upgraded with ease.

No harm in buying a used PC unless you consider few of the below mentioned points:

  • Sellers try to make their advertisements catchy. They misguide the by specifying configurations more than the PC might actually contain. This might be either due to 2 reasons: either they are not tech savvy and might know nothing about computers or they are trying to cheat the customers.
  • While buying a used computer the fan needs to be checked and if there is any unpleasant sound try to avoid buying that computer. The owner might not have mainted the system properly. It might not be a worthy purchase.
  • Alway try to come up with more questions regarding his computer that you know the answer to. If you find anything suspicious about the answers that he comes up with, you can be sure that he is trying to cheat you.
  • It is still best that you check the computer throughly before you do the purchasing. There are Sellers who will not allow you to do more than just see whether the PC is in working condition or not. But it doesn’t end here. You have got all the rights to check the computer under different conditions and see whether all parts and  are working fine as you are paying for it. Also, as a buyer, even you will having the element of doubt. If he’s Stopping you from checking out the PC completely, then it becomes clear that what they say they are selling isn’t actually what they are selling.
  • If you are looking forward to buy a used PC for playing modern games, then used computers are not something that will not suite you. It is not be possible for you to stuff the PC with the latest games available in the market as older PCs are not compatible with the latest games. These might be high resource consuming games which will eat up majority of the hard disk and cause your system to crash.


An ideal configuration for a second hand PC would be:

  • 15” / 17” CRT /TFT monitor
  • Windows XP OS
  • Pentium 3 or higher
  • 512MB RAM
  • 80 GB Hard Disk
  • DVD Drive / DVD Writer
  • 128 MB Graphics
  • Sound Card
  • LAN Card for Internet

Finally, Used computers are less responsive than the present generation Computers. Hence you need to make sure that you don’t open too many applications or Tabs while browsing the net as it will lead to the central processing unit getting freezed. A hard drive, even for a used computer will run smoothly if you use the Best antivirus in the market, preferably an Internet Security but it be deteriorate when you load it with too many applications and softwares.  These are some of the things that you need to add to your checklist. Thats it. Hope these points have come into good effect and might help you in some way. Happy Buying!


About Nikhil P Naik

Nikhil Naik has a Master's Degree in Information Systems, and is currently working as a Software Engineer at Microsoft. He also loves playing cricket, listening to music, and traveling. Twitter Handle - @buzz_nikhil.

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