i just got an dell xps 630i from my local charity shop for 20 pounds
(i have a much better pc i just got this one for fun)
it came with a crappy 8400gs gfx card, an intel core 2 dual core E6300. it was missing ram and hard drives and also came with a non standard crappy PSU.
8GB's of ram ,3xhdd and two gt9600 in sli later and.....its pretty good.
not to mention a 3ghz overclock on the cpu and it doesnt go abouve 62degreees c
im suprised the naff PSU can run a sli setup.
so far including initial pc cost ive spent a total of...65pounds on this.
i think the processor in it isnt the right one (please correct me if it was standard). googling says the best for it would be a q9650!!! is this correct? is it worth getting one of these second hand for about 40-50 quid just for making it "complete"? or is there better cpu for it?
i plan on using it as a retro gaming rig for older titles......it can run crysis2 at 1440x900 on high settings at a stable 50-60fps.......if thats any indication of its meagre power so far.
looks a bit heath robinson.......the cards are the same make and nearly identical except the top card has an ever so slightly differnt heat sink shape, its more rounded :S
so to sumarise.....
1. whats the best processor i can get for it? (i plan on overclocking)
2. was/is this a bargain or am i being a bit silly here?
thanks in advance for the help and thoughts