Edwin along with some of his favorite builds!
Hi! Welcome back to our Featured Seller series where we interview our Jawa Verified Sellers to highlight their business and story. Gaming Workstations and Services has had over 50 confirmed transactions on Jawa, making him one on our top sellers. You can find both him and his listings on Jawa and in the Jawa Discord.
Tell us who you are and how you would describe yourself?
My name is Edwin N. Jiménez and I own and operate Gaming Workstations & Services. I graduated with a B.S. in Industrial Automation from Bakersfield College. During my time there, I also acquired some certifications in AutoCAD, AutocadCAD Electrical and Fusion 360 which
are 2D and 3D drafting and modeling softwares. These programs showed me the harsh reality that my $350 AMD A10 HP laptop from Walmart was not up to the task.
My first PC build came as a result of this necessity:
Intel Core i7 2600K // Reference GTX 560 // OCZ 16GB 1600MHz
By the end of my academic AutoCAD career my system was as follows,
Intel core i5 7600K @5.0GHz // Sapphire Radeon RX 580 8GB // GSkill TridentZ RGB 64GB 3000Mhz
Keep in mind this was for Running AutoCAD and Fusion 360 only, I never had gaming in mind at all. Before that I would only play mobile games on my phone. By the end of college I realized that I had built a pretty powerful “workstation” that just so happened to be an excellent gaming
machine. My current workstation stands as follows: Ryzen 9 5900X // FTW3 RTX 3080 // Vengeance 32GB 3800MHz and I still use it for work with CAD and 3D rendering. Aaaand just so happens to be a really good gaming PC haha!!
What do you do in the world of PC building or PC parts in general?
In the world of computers, I mainly focus on the budget side of gaming and workstations. I like to build custom pre-built PCs in the sub $1,500 range, though most systems I sell are $500-$1K because that’s a more reasonable price range for the average person. I find that the $600 mark is always the sweet spot for people getting their first system.
I do build high end systems, but those are usually commissions unless I find a killer deal! The most expensive PC I’ve sold is a 5950X // RTX 3090 // Corsair 32GB 4000MHz system during the height of the price craze at $5,800 for an individual that wanted 244FPS 1440p on warzone… The cheapest was definitely an Intel i5 6400T iGPU PC that was sold to a kid that just wanted to watch youtube and do his homework for $100.
When did you start selling on Jawa and how did you find out about us?
I have been a Jawa seller since December 2021 thanks to a quick ad from an OzTalksHW video! Shortly after making an account and posting on Jawa for the first time, I was approached by CEO Amanda with more information about the site and how to become a Verified seller!
Is this a part time gig, full time job, or hobby for you?
I would describe it more like a Full Time Hobby. It started as a way to make a little money to help pay for school, but it is definitely on its way to become a full time job! As time passes, this is getting more and more official for me!
How would you describe your style when it comes to your builds?
In the beginning of my PC flip venture I did not have much of a choice when it came to a theme or style. I simply kept them as clean as they could be!
In the present day, I definitely feel like my builds choose their own style. I keep a lot of parts around, and when I see a theme developing in two or more parts, I build upon that. It could either take a brand uniformity approach or a central color theme.
How do you find the buyers for your builds (if you don’t mind sharing your secrets)?
I started selling on ebay, but that did not last very long. Then moved on to posting locally to Facebook marketplace, offerup and mercari. I definitely started to offer shipping from the very beginning which really helped to
boost sales especially if you don’t live in or around a large city. Not counting local sales, I have shipped over 150 computers to date! I am lucky to live between San Francisco and Sacramento in California which really helped sell tons locally. Today most of my sales come from Instagram DM’s, Jawa and my personal site
Are you a Linus Tech Tips or Steve from GN kinda guy?
I am more of a TechYesCity kind of guy.
What’s your most memorable PC building experience?
Some years ago, I got my hands on two identical Sapphire Vapor-X cards to replace a tired GTX 560. They are huge cards even for today’s standards. I put them together in crossfire in an i5 7600K @5.0GHz system inside a Phanteks P300 case. It was the craziest, most packed thing I had ever seen. Though I never got it to work, because the second card never worked in the first place. I think I will remember that one forever. Shortly after i got an RX 580 8GB new and sealed for $100 on offerup!!! That card later became the biggest investment of my life thanks to crypto.
What is your favorite build for sale on Jawa right now (yours or another seller’s)? This 11700 // 3070 Ti system from Demonmit1 is one of my favorites on the site at the moment. I am not a big RGB person and this build reminds me a lot of my own.
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