Used Workstations


Used workstations can be found for cheap (under $100). Look for workstations that have an Intel Xeon processor (E5-1650 v2 or newer). Those high-end processors still work well for productivity and gaming today. [3]

Brand and series [1][2]:

  • Dell Precision

    • Example models: T3600 or T600.

  • HP Z

    • There are two variants: the normal desktop “tower” and the “small form factor” (SSF). The tower normally has twice as much wattage as the SSF and includes a 6-pin PCIe power cable for a GPU.

    • Example models: Z420, Z440, Z620, or Z820.

  • Lenovo ThinkStation

    • Example model: S30.



  1. “This $69 Gaming PC is INCREDIBLE.” YouTube Linus Tech Tips. September 13, 2022. Accessed August 9, 2023.

  2. “Refurbished workstations are insane deal for gaming on a budget.” Reddit r/lowendgaming. February 16, 2020. Accessed August 9, 2023.

  3. “Xeon e5-1650 Old workstation as Gaming Pc.” Reddit r/buildapc. May 16, 2023. Accessed August 9, 2023.

  4. “Power Supply; Power Supply Specifications - HP Z240 Maintenance And Service Manual.” ManualsLib. Accessed August 9, 2023.

  5. “Can’t afford a Gaming PC? This one’s $169.” YouTube Linus Tech Tips. October 15, 2022. Accessed August 9, 2023.

  6. “10 killer PC upgrades that are shockingly cheap.” PCWorld. December 28, 2021. Accessed August 9, 2023.