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How To Sell A Gaming PC (EASY Step By Step Guide!)

How To Sell A Gaming PC (EASY Step By Step Guide!)

Selling a gaming PC can be challenging. PCs have a ton of personal information and data, so it’s important to sell them the right way. I cover everything you should know about selling your gaming PC below.

How To Sell A Gaming PC

Here is what you will need to do if you want to sell your gaming PC.

  1. Backup any important data
  2. Wipe the computer (erase data and factory reset)
  3. Clean the computer (clean the case and dust inside)
  4. Determine a price
  5. Decide where you want to sell it
  6. Prepare listing (pictures, specs, etc.)
  7. Create listing and be available for offers and questions

These are the basics steps you need to take in order to sell your gaming PC. Now let’s dive into each of these steps in more detail.

Backup Any Important Data

If you have been using your computer for a while, then you probably have some precious files on there. Anything from work files to personal projects to important family photos.

Make sure to save all of that data somewhere else. You can transfer your data to an external hard drive, and when you get a new computer transfer it back. You can also transfer games to this external hard drive save yourself some download time later.

If you are looking for an external hard drive to transfer your data to then I recommend the Seagate portable external hard drive.

I use this hard drive to save some of my files such as photos, Youtube videos, and more. It works great and is made by a brand you can trust.

As far as storage size for the external hard drive, 2 TB should be plenty, but you can get more if you feel you will need it.

My Seagate Hard Drive

We want to backup the data before selling the gaming PC because we’re going to wipe our drive in the next step.

Wipe The Computer (Erase Data And Factory Reset)

We don’t want strangers to have our data, so before you sell your gaming PC, you should wipe it completely clean.

Here are the steps for how to wipe your PC:

  1. Go to your PC’s settings by clicking the Windows start button then selecting “Settings”
  2. On the left side click “System”
  3. Scroll down and click “Recovery”
  4. Click “Reset PC” then choose “Remove everything”
  5. Choose how you want Windows to be re-installed
  6. Click “Next” then select “Reset”
  7. Your PC will now be reset

Here are some screenshots that provide more details about how to hard reset or wipe your PC.

Go to your PC’s settings by clicking the Windows start button then selecting “Settings”.

Settings Icon

One the left side click “System” then scroll down and click “Recovery”.

Recovery Setting

Click “Reset PC” then choose “Remove everything”.

Remove Everything

Choose how you want Windows to be re-installed.

Windows Re-Install Options

Click “Next” then select “Reset”

Next Button
Reset Button

After this your computer will begin to reset and delete everything. The video below also goes over the steps I mentioned if you prefer that instead.

Keep in mind, once you wipe your PC, everything is gone. That means any photos or files you had will be removed so make sure you have everything of value backed up before you do this.

Besides resetting your PC, you could also just swap hard drives if you wanted to. To do this you would just remove your hard drive and then buy a new one for the new owner.

It’s really just a preference thing. Some people may prefer to wipe while others may decide to just swap hard drives. Up to you.

Clean The Computer (Clean The Case And Dust Inside)

Since we’re selling the gaming PC, you’re going to want to make it look good for potential buyers. Unplug the computer completely and start cleaning off the case on the outside.

I prefer to clean the outside of my case with a fine cloth and an air duster. Afterwards, open up the case and air dust the components on the inside to clean them off.

My Air Duster & Cloth

You don’t really want to use cloth, toilet paper, or paper towels on the inside of the computer to clean it because these things can flake off and create a mess later.

A nice air dust on the inside will do wonders. You can get a compressed air duster here on Amazon, or at your local retail store such as Walmart or Target.

Cleaning the PC isn’t just good for making the sale, it will also protect you from any liability in the future.

If you sell a dusty PC and it breaks after a week of use, then there’s a good chance that customer will blame the dust and want their money back.

If you sell a sparkling clean PC on the other hand, then you know the PC didn’t break down because of your lack-of-cleanliness.

The video below does a great job of explaining how to properly clean your PC if you needed some help.

Determine A Price

Once you have backed up your data, wiped your PC, and made it look clean and nice, it’s time now to determine how much you will sell your PC for.

I recommend taking a look at eBay’s sold section for every part inside of your computer and adding it all up to get a rough estimate of how much your PC is worth. Here is a video explaining how to use eBay’s recently sold feature.

Remember, used PC parts are going to sell for less than new PC parts. If you see a brand new GPU sell for $500, don’t expect to get that same money for your used GPU even if it is the same GPU.

Going through and piecing out your PC is also a great way to put together a specs list for your PC which you can add to the listing.

Decide Where You Want To Sell It

There are a ton of places to sell your gaming PC. Some of the most popular options include eBay, Amazon, Facebook Marketplace, and Craigslist. There may even be local stores you can take your PC to sell it.

Just know that you’ll probably get the most value from your computer by trying to sell it directly to a customer since most online platforms are going to take a cut.

It’d be much easier to take your PC to a store and sell it there, but they’ll probably only give you about 50% of what your PC is worth.

You’ll also want to think about whether you want to sell your PC as a whole or as individual parts. If you sell it as a whole, many people are going to try to offer 70 – 80% of what it’s worth.

If you sell it piece by piece you’ll recoup more of your money, but it will be much more time consuming and could be difficult to sell certain pieces in your PC.

Where you sell will also determine how you get rid of your PC. If you sell on eBay, for example, you’ll have to figure out a way to ship it which can cost a lot of money.

If you sell on Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace, though, then you’ll most likely sell the PC in person which saves you a lot of money and allows you to keep 100% of the money from your sale.

I go into more detail about the different places you can sell your PC further down in this article.

Prepare Listing (Pictures, Specs, Etc.)

Once you know how much you want to sell your computer for and where, you’re almost ready to create your listing.

If you just want to sell your PC to a computer store, then you can go ahead and take it there. Just make sure to have a list of your PCs specs available for them to review if they want.

If you’re selling your computer online, then you’ll want to take some really good pictures of the computer (inside and out). Make sure to get good, well-lit pictures of every angle of your PC.

Also make sure you get a picture of important components on the inside like the GPU, RAM, and CPU. Here is a list of the specs you should include for your gaming PC listing:

  • Motherboard
  • GPU
  • CPU
  • CPU Cooler (stock or aftermarket)
  • RAM
  • PSU (power supply unit)
  • Fans
  • Case
  • Hard Drives (if any)
  • Operating System (if any)

Make sure to list the make and model of each of these components. For example, “GPU – EVGA GeForce RTX 3080”. If you need help finding out your PC specs, watch the video below.

You’ll also want a picture of the PC turned on (with the monitor next to it if possible) to show it works. You want to take good photos to help attract potential buyers.

My Monitor And PC

Create Listing And Be Available For Offers And Questions

Alright now that you have everything prepped and ready to go, you can head over to eBay, Craigslist, etc. and create your listing.

You can create a listing on multiple sites, but you have to be a little careful with sites that offer a “Buy Now” option like eBay.

If you go with eBay, for example, then you probably don’t want to sell the PC somewhere else because eBay customers expect to get the item when they click the Buy button.

Also, when creating your listing, make sure to provide as much detail as possible. How old the PC is, what you used it for, how often you used it, etc.

This will help alleviate some concerns a buyer may have about buying a used PC. Taking quality photos and listing the specs will also help to boost buyer confidence.

After your listing is made, be available to customers who ask questions. They may want to know specifics about the motherboard, case size, etc.

The more questions you’re willing to answer – the more likely you are to make a sale. Gaming PCs are expensive so people want to make sure they’re getting their money’s worth.

As I touched on earlier, choosing the right place to sell your PC is very important. Given how important it is, I created the section below to help those deciding where they want to sell their PCs.

Where To Sell Your Gaming PC?

The best place to sell your gaming PC is on eBay because it will show your PC to more potential buyers and its bidding system is the best way to get the most value out of your computer. eBay also lets you set up a “Buy Now” option and a minimum bid price, so you can get the best price for your PC.

Other great places to sell your PC include Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace, and OfferUp. Lets talk about some of the pros and cons of each of these places below.

eBay

Pros

  • Lots of potential buyers
  • Auction sale allows you to get a price you like
  • Auction sale helps mitigate low ball offers
  • Able to see what similar products sold for on eBay

Cons

  • Must pay eBay fees
  • Shipping could be time consuming and costly

Overview

The thing about trying to sell your old gaming PC is that no one will want to pay full price for it. If you have a high-end PC and all of the components together are worth $2,000 you’re going to get a ton of offers for about $1,000.

This is because people are bargain hunters. With eBay, though, you can set your price and even create a bid system for users to compete through.

This is the best way to sell your PC as a unit and not have to settle for a fraction of its worth. Set your starting bid at 80 – 90% of your PC’s value and you should be good to go.

I’d also recommend adding a “Buy It Now” option for your PC’s full price, as well as a “Make Offer” option.

The two downsides are that you will have to ship your PC out when it sells and eBay charges a fee. If you’d rather sell your PC in person, then you can check out more great places to sell below.

Craigslist

Pros

  • Free to post listing
  • Don’t have to pay any fees
  • Can get paid in cash

Cons

  • May be difficult to find a buyer in your location
  • Annoying low-ball offers
  • Having to meet up with a stranger in person

Overview

I like Craigslist because you are dealing with local people and people that only live an hour or less away most of the time. You can also sell your PC for cash, which is very nice.

Some sites like eBay also have a problem with scammers that you won’t have to deal with if you sell your PC for cash on a website like Craigslist.

The major downside of Craigslist is that you’ll probably be hammered with low-ball offers, but if you can ignore them you’ll be fine (your listing may just have to sit for a while.)

When you do make your sale, just make sure to meet the buyer in a well-lit public place. Unfortunately, people on Craigslist are not always who they say they are so be careful.

Facebook Marketplace

Pros

  • Free to post listing
  • No overhead fees
  • Can request to get paid in cash
  • Facebook has a large reach
  • You can review a person’s Facebook page before meeting up with them

Cons

  • Can be difficult to find a buyer in some locations
  • Annoying low-ball offers
  • Having to meet up with a stranger in person

Overview

Facebook Marketplace, again, is really similar to Craigslist. It’s for buying and selling locally. Whether you use Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace will depend on your location.

In some cities, Craigslist will have more PC enthusiasts, while in others Facebook Marketplace is where it’s popping.

So, I recommend taking a look at both and deciding which one seems more popular with PC gamers. You can also post on both if you want to.

OfferUp

Pros

  • Free to post listing
  • No overhead fees
  • Can request to get paid in cash
  • You can see how others have rated that seller

Cons

  • Can be difficult to find a buyer in some locations
  • Annoying low-ball offers
  • Having to meet up with a stranger in person
  • Not as popular as other options

Overview

OfferUp is pretty similar to Facebook Marketplace and Craigslist except OfferUp is more focused on mobile users.

Craigslist is more popular than OfferUp and will probably get you better results, but OfferUp is still a great option for selling locally and getting cash for your old gaming PC.

Again, you’ll want to meet in public if you go with a local sale, especially for something as expensive as a gaming PC. You can also post on OfferUp, Facebook, and Craigslist if you want to.

Friends, Friends Of Friends, And Family

Friends Photo

Pros

  • You can trust the buyer
  • Don’t have to create a listing
  • No overhead fees
  • Can get paid in cash
  • Easy communication

Cons

  • Will probably want a discount
  • Very small group to sell to

Overview

Friends and family are other great options when selling your gaming PC. If you have any friends or family that need a new computer or only game on consoles, make them an offer.

At the very least, you can put the word out there that you’re looking to sell. Either tell your friends and family yourself or make some kind of post on social media.

The upside to doing this is that you can trust the person you’re selling to. The downside is that it can be hard to get the full value of your PC when selling to these people because they may expect some kind of a discount.

Local Computer Shops

Pros

  • Easy to sell to
  • Reliable buyer
  • No overhead fees

Cons

  • Will probably offer you much less than what you ask for
  • Could be difficult to find a store in your area
  • May only want to buy certain parts of the PC

Overview

A local computer shop is more likely to know the real value of your computer, but they also need to make money so they’ll probably only offer you a percentage of its worth.

However, it’ll probably be much easier for you to sell to them, especially if they think they can make money off of your PC.

If you are in a pinch and just looking for a quick way to sell your PC then this is your best option. Most PC shops who purchase PCs should be able to have you paid that same day, sometimes even in cash.

I wouldn’t recommend a PC shop if you are looking for top-dollar though, but they are good if you are looking to sell quickly.

Gaming Cafes

Pros

  • Likely to offer a fair price
  • PC will go to a good place
  • No overhead fees
  • Might be willing to pay in cash

Cons

  • Will only want to buy a top-of-the-line gaming PC
  • Could be hard to find a gaming café in your area
  • May only buy certain PC brands

Overview

Gaming cafes, surprisingly, are also a good place to look at when deciding where to sell your PC. It doesn’t hurt to at least inquire right?

With that being said, most gaming cafes will probably only consider purchasing your PC if it is top-of-the-line since they will want to use it for their café.

But on a positive note, they will be more likely to pay you more than a PC store would since they will not be looking to re-sell it.

If you have a gaming café near you, give them a call and see if they would be interested in purchasing your PC. For help finding a gaming café, check out my article here.

To wrap up, let me answer some common questions that people ask when looking to sell their gaming PC.

Is It Better To Sell Your Gaming PC Whole Or Piece It Out?

It is better to sell your gaming PC as individual parts (piece it out) than it is to sell your whole gaming PC as one unit because you will get more money by selling it as individual parts. Many buyers that are looking to buy whole used PCs are looking for deals, so will only pay about 70% of the PC’s value.

Computer Parts

It’s a lot harder to do, but you will get the most value out of your PC by selling it piece by piece. You can still make a decent amount of money from your PC by selling it as a whole unit, just not as much as you would if you sold it piece by piece.

So if you just want to sell your PC quickly, then sell it as a whole. If you are looking to make the most money from your PC, then piece it out.

When Should You Sell Your Gaming PC?

You should sell your gaming PC when you get a new PC or when you no longer use the computer for gaming. If you do not game on your PC very often or the games you play are not demanding, then you should sell your PC. However, if you are only taking a small hiatus from gaming, then you should keep it.

I went through a 6 month long period recently where I didn’t game at all. I went from playing 6 hours a day to playing about 1 hour per day max.

I thought about selling my PC since I barely used it for gaming and could just work off of other computers.

Six months later, though, and I’m very happy I kept my PC because a couple of awesome games came out and they sucked me back into gaming.

So unless you’re 100% sure you’re done with gaming, I probably wouldn’t sell your gaming PC because you never know what the future holds, and it’s very nice to have.

If you know you don’t game or that you don’t want to game, and you have felt this way for over a year, then you should just sell it and get something more suitable to your needs (if anything).

Where Can You Sell Your Gaming PC For Cash?

You can sell your gaming PC for cash on Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace, and OfferUp. These websites and apps allow you to sell your gaming PC to local buyers from whom you can request pay in cash. Some PC shops and gaming cafes may also offer you cash for your PC.

In my experience, Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace are the best places to go for cash transactions. OfferUp is fine, but it’s not as popular in many areas.

Whether you use Craigslist or Facebook comes down to personal preference and the area you’re in, but both are great sites for selling a gaming PC. You can use all three options as well if you choose to.

Can You Pawn A Gaming PC?

You can pawn a gaming PC as most pawn shops would be willing to take the computer. However, you will not get anywhere close to the actual value of your gaming PC if you pawn it or sell it at a pawn shop. Most pawn shops are likely to offer around 30% of your gaming PC’s entire worth when you pawn / sell it.

Most pawn shops aren’t going to have an issue with taking your gaming PC, however they’re not a very good place to sell it.

You’d have to find a pawn shop computer-literate enough to understand what’s inside of your gaming PC.

Even then, they’re probably only going to offer 1/3 of the cost of your entire PC because they have to make a profit if you default. I wouldn’t recommend pawning a gaming PC for this reason.

Tips For Selling Your Gaming PC

  • Know MSRP Of Your Parts
  • Be Willing To Negotiate
  • List Your PC On Multiple Platforms
  • Don’t Get Too Greedy

Know MSRP Of Your Parts

To make sure you get the most bang for your buck, you should check how much your computer would be worth if you bought the parts individually.

You can do this step while you’re creating your spec list and detailed description. You can check what your parts are selling for on eBay if you want to get a good idea. However, use the MSRP to help give you an idea of what they should sell for used.

Be Willing To Negotiate

You’re probably going to have to negotiate a little bit with your buyers. If you’re selling your gaming PC as an entire unit, then people aren’t going to want to pay the full price of all of the parts.

Used PCs attract bargain hunters, and they’re going to try to offer you less than what your computer is technically worth.

Unfortunately, unless you want to part your computer out and sell it piece by piece, you may have to accept one of these offers.

List Your PC On Multiple Platforms

There’s nothing saying you can’t list your PC on multiple platforms. So I recommend creating a listing and then posting it on as many platforms as you can (Facebook, Craigslist, OfferUp, etc.).

Doing this allows more potential buyers to see your PC and will increase the likelihood that you sell your PC.

Don’t Get Too Greedy

We always want the best deal, I get that, but the longer you wait to make a deal the more your PC depreciates in value.

I recommend finding a deal that is fair for both you and the buyer and then going with it. It may not be the exact price that you wanted, but something is better than nothing.

I hope I was able to help provide you with some tips and tricks when selling your gaming PC. And remember, the things I have mentioned are based on my opinions and experience and are not financial advice. Best of luck in selling your PC!

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