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post #11 of 24
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What aspects of the dell are you unhappy with it? By the looks of what you wrote, you're either unhappy with the case or mobo. If you're unhappy with the case, you should be able to remove everything and put it in the new case (ie. no new hardware necessary) or if you're unhappy with the mobo, you can get any 1366 mobo and the 920 will work fine.

warning: If you get a new mobo, your OS may not work since it's tied to the mobo and it may be necessary to buy a new OS as well
I know for a fact I would have to buy a new OS but that's ok because I want Windows 7
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From reading everything, I think I would just get a new mobo and start saving for a new GPU (or splurge now!). Also, Windows 8 should be soon, but I haven't been following that too much. I can't even give a rough estimate on that.
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It basically comes down to this.

Reuse the processor and save money, but render the Dell useless. Saving money, however, means getting used/warantee-less stuff, or older tech.

Spend more money, but get more performance, and keep the Dell useful.

It really depends on if you want more performance and/or to have to tear the Dell apart.

I'd lean a little towards going with a new LGA 1155 setup, especially because A) it's your first build, and B) if you won't overclock, while that's a nice CPU, a lot of potential is lost with it at it's stock speed (to give you an idea, my CPU at stock speed competes/outdoes it at stock speed in a lot of lower-threaded stuff). Keep in mind that with going the Sandy Bridge route, they aren't just faster clock for clock, but also start out ~650MHz-750MHz higher. Also, you seem less willing to overclock heavily, and those CPUs are painlessly easy to do that should that situation arise.

Both routes have merit, but it sounds like if you are willing to spend a little more, it'd be worth it for you to go with getting a new platform/CPU.

Bottom line: It's the age old question of using old tech to save money or go with new tech. For your first self build, I'd just get new tech honestly. That CPU is still capable, so leave the Dell intact and either keep it, or sell it while it has value. My opinions.
Edited by Princess Garnet - 10/23/11 at 8:20pm
post #14 of 24
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Here's everything I can reuse from the Dell system. Hard drives, optical,gpu, and processor. The case, mobo, psu are proprietary. And I don't wanna use the RAM because it is 6GB... But six 1 GB sticks.
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Well here are my needs. I honestly don't know if i will OC, if i do it won't be something extreme. I do a lot of multitasking and video editing and not a lot of gaming. When i do it's either EVE Online, Starcraft 2 or my wife plays the Sims 3 on it. The may reason for an upgrade right now is because i think my Dell mobo is about to die and i will never by a pre-assembled system again. At first i'll probably be reusing my XFX 4850 i have now and upgrade later on.
You should definitely think about OC'ing.. I still think you should stay with the 920, you will see major improvements in speed by just overclocking it. Even just increasing it to 3.6GHz should be a nice noticeable overclock, and with 920's or 930's you can usually get it there without changing any voltages.
    
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Here's everything I can reuse from the Dell system. Hard drives, optical,gpu, and processor. The case, mobo, psu are proprietary. And I don't wanna use the RAM because it is 6GB... But six 1 GB sticks.
Like I said, if you don't mind tearing down the Dell and saving money to stick with older stuff, go for it.

If you don't mind spending more for faster stuff, go for it.

Both routes have merit.
post #17 of 24
IF you have to spend more than 150 for the board upgrade, I would say go SB. But to the others point a 920 has plenty of life if you can OC it to 3.6 or more.
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post #18 of 24
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It basically comes down to this.

Reuse the processor and save money, but render the Dell useless. Saving money, however, means getting used/warantee-less stuff, or older tech.

Spend more money, but get more performance, and keep the Dell useful.

It really depends on if you want more performance and/or to have to tear the Dell apart.

I'd lean a little towards going with a new LGA 1155 setup, especially because A) it's your first build, and B) if you won't overclock, while that's a nice CPU, a lot of potential is lost with it at it's stock speed (to give you an idea, my CPU at stock speed competes/outdoes it at stock speed in a lot of lower-threaded stuff). Keep in mind that with going the Sandy Bridge route, they aren't just faster clock for clock, but also start out ~650MHz-750MHz higher. Also, you seem less willing to overclock heavily, and those CPUs are painlessly easy to do that should that situation arise.

Both routes have merit, but it sounds like if you are willing to spend a little more, it'd be worth it for you to go with getting a new platform/CPU.

Bottom line: It's the age old question of using old tech to save money or go with new tech. For your first self build, I'd just get new tech honestly. That CPU is still capable, so leave the Dell intact and either keep it, or sell it while it has value. My opinions.
Honestly you have hit every point I've been thinking of with this build. Mostly I'm wanting to do is leave myself with a good platform for the future just in case I wanna upgrade to anything big. Leave myself with options for the future.
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Honestly you have hit every point I've been thinking of with this build. Mostly I'm wanting to do is leave myself with a good platform for the future just in case I wanna upgrade to anything big. Leave myself with options for the future.
If you want a good upgrade path for the future I'd get a 2500k and a 1155t board. Along with new ram (very cheap now), and a good psu.
 
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Here are some points to consider.

1) You could potentially reuse the OS on a new motherboard. Just call microsoft and say that your board died and you need to move it over to a new one. I have done it before and they are ok with it (in the past)

2) You can get a used 1366 board now for $100-120.

3) Since you want to change the ram you would need 3 sticks for triple channel. SB takes dual. You could always buy another stick (1) of the same kind to get 2 dual channel (4 sticks) when/if you upgrade to SB.

SB is a great platform but your's is still really good. You do not need to upgrade all at once. I would get a 1366 motherboard and ram of you choice (3 stick kit). Then in the future get another stick for the next platform. If you do mostly editing and multitasking, the 2600K is your best bet. But they are not cheap.

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