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    How easy is it to upgrade the parts in Dell's?

    My mobo is corrupt so need a new one, need more ram, better gfx card and a dvd drive, would it be easier to just build from scratch or buy in the parts I need?

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    I'm pretty sure you can just buy parts for a dell and add them, not sure about how it all affects the warranty though.

    Have you tried to get the best system from Dell in the first place? You know if you phone once you know what you want you can haggle a little.

    Original Poster

    warranty ran out about a year ago, funny thing is, I've had this problem with my mobo since I brought it, but they refused to do anything saying it wasn't their fault, blamed me for some how corrupting it, lol

    So I don't really want to buy another Dell, just upgrade what I've got.

    Ronaldeano

    How easy is it to upgrade the parts in Dell's?My mobo is corrupt so need … How easy is it to upgrade the parts in Dell's?My mobo is corrupt so need a new one, need more ram, better gfx card and a dvd drive, would it be easier to just build from scratch or buy in the parts I need?



    What problems are you having and what error msgs do you get. Also have you tried resetting the BIOS ?

    They can be tricky, i support them at my company and sometimes there a nightmare, i believe dell build to there own size so when you want an upgrade you pay more than you normally would.

    I had a d-link network card i wanted to fit in an optiplex dell but it was to big for the case so i had to saw half of the metal fram off from the card. Another time i had a HP cd writer i was fitting and it wouldnt even slot it correctly, i had to force it through the space and then secure it will tape from the inside.

    Yes dells are cheap but theres a reason why they are because they sting you on upgrade and replacement parts.

    I'm sure some company's mimic there parts though so do a search :thumbsup:

    I'm not sure what cases they use or if they will take other motherboards so can't help there. You could always buy a new case and a new motherboard and then just swap the rest over.

    Of course you'd have to make sure your cpu and memory are compatible wit the new MB. That might be one way to go?

    Ronaldeano

    How easy is it to upgrade the parts in Dell's?My mobo is corrupt so need … How easy is it to upgrade the parts in Dell's?My mobo is corrupt so need a new one, need more ram, better gfx card and a dvd drive, would it be easier to just build from scratch or buy in the parts I need?

    A new mobo, Ram, GRF and DVD would cost you a couple of hundred. There are some good deals for cheap base units (I remember a ~£250 offer from ebuyer.com) which would probably be a similar price, but a better computer. You could then transfer whatever you want from your old unit to the new one e.g. have an extra HDD, an extra CD drive, sound card, modem, LAN etc. Obviously keep the monitor!

    Original Poster

    stora

    What problems are you having and what error msgs do you get. Also have … What problems are you having and what error msgs do you get. Also have you tried resetting the BIOS ?



    Can't remember exactly, but I've had to do a full restore about 10 times.

    I get a black screeen though, not a blue - haven't used the PC in about 6 months, did build a new one for the family but want one for myself now - think I'll just build from scratch or get a good deal from ebuyer

    Ronaldeano

    Can't remember exactly, but I've had to do a full restore about 10 … Can't remember exactly, but I've had to do a full restore about 10 times.I get a black screeen though, not a blue - haven't used the PC in about 6 months, did build a new one for the family but want one for myself now - think I'll just build from scratch or get a good deal from ebuyer



    build from scratch is my recommendation..when you have a budget in mind make a new post as I'm sure you'll get some good suggestions from the likes of beerman.

    Original Poster

    nice one, thanks

    Word of warning, as you say the warranty ran out a year ago then this will be an old style Dell which uses Dell only parts. If you put another none Dell motherboard in there it along with everything else will most likely be killed by the PSU as Dell used to wire their PSU different to anyone else.

    As stated I would not bother with it mate, maybe throw it on eBay as spares or repair for someone who knows what they are doing.

    Original Poster

    Excellent idea there, might just do it.

    If the mobo is gone, it's generally easier to consider a new build instead of "fixing" the old machine.

    robovski

    If the mobo is gone, it's generally easier to consider a new build … If the mobo is gone, it's generally easier to consider a new build instead of "fixing" the old machine.



    much depends on personal preference..if the "original" PC suits your needs and you have no desire to upgrade then the cheapest option is simply to replace the faulty mobo....however, that is not so easy with a Dell as they have customised motherboards and I don't think you can replace with an "off the shelf" model and have to source the part from Dell...which is expensive...you could of course try ebay for secondhand stock.

    Most PC enthusiasts see a failed mobo situation as an opportunity to upgrade their PC with a better spec mobo, CPU and RAM...also considering a PSU upgrade if the unit currently fitted to the case is a naff cheapo unit...the last thing you want is new components failing because the PSU is unreliable and of poor build quality.

    Of course this all takes finance and many will just be able to replace the mobo as that is all they can afford.

    robovski

    If the mobo is gone, it's generally easier to consider a new build … If the mobo is gone, it's generally easier to consider a new build instead of "fixing" the old machine.




    yep, sounds it. i upgraded my dell a while ago .. as a precaution id buy a new psu so u dont blow the new mb .. and the dell psu i had was only 305w and would struggle with some power hungry upgrades anyway
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