Should I just buy this Dell instead of building a PC?

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  1. Incognito315

    Incognito315 New Member

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    My comp died yesterday, mobo is fried. Read the thread here: http://forums.offtopic.com/showthread.php?t=4200562

    I havent built a comp in a long time, and figured this is a pretty good deal. Could probably build it for around the same amount.

    PROCESSOR Intel® Core™2 Quad processor Q8200 (4MB L2, 2.33GHz, 1333FSB) edit
    OPERATING SYSTEM Genuine Windows Vista® Home Premium Edition SP1, 64-Bit edit
    WARRANTY AND SERVICE 1Yr Ltd Hardware Warranty, InHome Service after Remote Diagnosis edit
    MEMORY 4GB Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 800MHz- 4DIMMs edit
    HARD DRIVE 500GB Serial ATA Hard Drive (7200RPM) w/DataBurst Cache™ edit
    OPTICAL DRIVE 16X DVD+/-RW Drive edit
    MONITORS No Monitor

    I have a decent video card I can put in it and a good monitor. Total is $459 with free shipping. Think its worth it?
     
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  2. deusexaethera

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  3. Incognito315

    Incognito315 New Member

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    Yeah I hit the wrong button on my stupid work laptop
     
  4. deusexaethera

    deusexaethera OT Supporter

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    Looks like a good basic computer. First thing I'd do is check eBay for a motherboard like the one that burned out, though; I did that with a Dell Precision workstation, that uses a specially-shaped motherboard that doesn't work in any other computer, and I scored a replacement for $20.
     
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    The Q8200 doesn't have VT support, so no XP mode in Windows 7
     
  6. crontab

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    not really, that cpu aint so hot...
     
  7. deusexaethera

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    Yeah, but unlike most consumer-grade power supplies, they can actually provide a stable 300W indefinitely.

    Is there a reasonable upgrade for that CPU that would give him WTF support?
     
  8. Incognito315

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    I belive they are 375W, however I have a good 550W Corsair psu I can most likely swap in if need be.
     
  9. Incognito315

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    I looked around for replacement mobo's and the cheapest I could find was $90 and it was a refurb. Its not really worth the hassle for $90.
     
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    i think you can build a better system than that for $500 bucks
     

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