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Well, I currently have a Dell C521 with either a fried mobo or CPU. Since is not worth replacing either one (cheapest I could find the mobo was $70) I thought about ditching everything but my SSD, HDD and GPU (x1300 I believe, till I can afford something better). So I'm looking for suggestions on hardware to buy (most likely used), being my computer at work I'm not looking to spend a lot of money. Any help is greatly appreciated.
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So, all you're looking for is suggestions on cpu/motherboard combos and ram?

It would seem to me that you're looking to stay under a $70 mark, which is kinda tough for the bleeding edge of us on OCN tongue.gif Could I ask what sort of price point we are looking at or am I correct in the $70 assumption?

Technically you would also have to buy a copy of windows along with a new motherboard/cpu combo. Which would blast past that $70
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116986
(Better deals on that maybe available)
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Thanks for the response. I'm trying to keep the budget under $100 not including the OS, I can either get the OS from my company or run Ubuntu till I can buy a copy. I know that here everybody is looking for the latest in tech (including me) but this is also a very knowledgeable community, hence why I'm asking for help here. My other option was to pull my old Abit IC-7 G, with my rock solid pentium 4 3.0E out of my closet (only thing I need is a $30 AGP graphics card) but then again that's an even older platform that can fail any minute. I was also on eBay looking for some used hardware, and came across a Q6600 (used to have one) a Asus P5QL Pro mobo, 4GB of corsair DDR2 1066, and a Galaxy GeForce GT 240 1GB (but that's close to $170, and used hardware). How does the GT 240 compares to a amd x1300?
Edited by nicolasl46 - 7/10/13 at 5:42am
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Any other opinions?

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checkout what we have in OCN market.

http://www.overclock.net/f/14685/main-components

edit: did not see your sig.
Edited by rdr09 - 7/11/13 at 4:15am
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I Think i'll be better off saving a little more money and get something decent from the market place. Not worth rebuilding my 478 system, nor this dell c521 pos. A Q6600 and above should be better than a Athlon X2 3800+?
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Sorry about my late response to this redface.gif

Indeed a Q6600 would be a small upgrade from a 3800+. Although, not much.
http://www.cpu-world.com/Compare/415/AMD_Athlon_64_X2_3800+_(ADA3800DAA5BV)_vs_Intel_Core_2_Quad_Q6600.html

Just for the sake of completeness, they don't have the same socket if you were contemplating from one to the other without a new motherboard. Best of luck mate and post back if you'd like to push us more or hear from others. thumb.gif
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No problem man, we all have things to deal with. I do know that what ever I choose (not being 939 socket) I will need a new motherboard either way. Also contemplating something like this: Phenom II X 3 715 AM2+ with a mobo and its under my budget. Now that processor should be a big improvement over the Athlon I had.

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