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Scrapping old Dell XPS, building around a Core 2 Quad 775?

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Hi everyone,

I have an old Dell XPS 630i, I believe it has a bad motherboard, these are the parts that I have from the PC....
  • CPU 2.6GHz Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600
  • Memory 4GB 800MHz DDR2 SDRAM
  • Graphics (2) 512MB Nvidia GeForce 8800 GT
  • Hard drives 500GB, 7,200 rpm
  • Optical drive Dual-layer DVD burner
  • Operating system Windows Vista Home Premium
  • 750W Dell Power Supply

I want to build a new PC around this for a friend of mine, but I would like to do it as cheap as possible...

Can anyone recommend a good motherboard that I could use for this? I would need something that could support SLI for the 8800 GTs.

I would really appreciate any help! I would like to order some parts today thumb.gif

Thanks everyone!
Edited by Stuart S - 3/10/14 at 7:36am
post #2 of 8
Yeah probably not even worth it.

PSU is probably junk and will die soon.
Wouldn't use storage that old
Good luck finding a 775 motherboard at a price decent enough to not warrant a new build..
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Originally Posted by Yukla View Post

Yeah probably not even worth it.

PSU is probably junk and will die soon.
Wouldn't use storage that old
Good luck finding a 775 motherboard at a price decent enough to not warrant a new build..

http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-Dell-XPS-630-630i-Intel-Core-2-Duo-Quad-Motherboard-C447D-PP150-C113J-/221346974630?pt=Motherboards&hash=item33894ecba6

I was thinking I could just buy the stock mo-bo, I would rather buy a different model since I would like to avoid the dell parts but is this my best option?
post #4 of 8
You could, but again prices just don't make this the best "investment". Actually you'll more than likely come out better ahead selling the bulk of the parts and even buying budget 1155 parts.
Easiest motherboards for lga775 ones with nforce chipsets aka 650i,680i,780i ect.. They still are pricy.
Driver mods will allow you to run sli on non sli boards. I'd look this up and find what other people used. These boards may not be as sought after thus cheaper.

Intel p35 boards are probably the cheapest lga 775 mobo choice. However you'll lose the use of one of the 8800's but your looking at only $25 shipped about. It'd make a nice internet/school/even workable htpc. If they don't game I'd just drop the sli and go this route.
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Originally Posted by Servos View Post

You could, but again prices just don't make this the best "investment". Actually you'll more than likely come out better ahead selling the bulk of the parts and even buying budget 1155 parts.
Easiest motherboards for lga775 ones with nforce chipsets aka 650i,680i,780i ect.. They still are pricy.
Driver mods will allow you to run sli on non sli boards. I'd look this up and find what other people used. These boards may not be as sought after thus cheaper.

Intel p35 boards are probably the cheapest lga 775 mobo choice. However you'll lose the use of one of the 8800's but your looking at only $25 shipped about. It'd make a nice internet/school/even workable htpc. If they don't game I'd just drop the sli and go this route.

Thanks for the input guys, Maybe I will go with scrapping this PC, get around $200.00 w/ the case and do a little 1155 budget build for around $500.00, my friend really only plays League of Legends so I don't need anything crazy.
post #6 of 8
If it was Q9550 capable then that would be one thing, but investing into Q6600 based system just inst worth it in the long run. Maybe find a 780i board?
    
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I would take the parts and sell them. Put em towards a used 1155 build. Buy the parts off the OCN market to save on tax and shipping.
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