Hi, I have a Dell XPS720 that's beyond it's warranty & keeps having memory issues. I'm going to try & salvage what parts I can, and build a new machine. I think the GPU, optical drives & HD are all I can reuse, the rest seems propriatary (and mobo/memory are suspect problems anyway).
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: ASAP, this week hopefully
BUDGET RANGE: $1,200 or less
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming (WoW, FPS like Crysis, Strategy)
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor (have 24" Dell), speakers, OS (have Win 7 Ult), GPU (have EVGA 285 FTW), optical drives (have DVD+-RW), HD (have 300gb sata)
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA
PARTS PREFERENCES: no preference
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe, but one 285 is enough for now
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Quieter is better, but I'm not sure how hard installing water cooling would be, not comfortable with that. I've not built a PC before.
If you only care about gaming go with a socket 1156 and you will be able to come in far below your budget. The only downside is that the PCI-e will run at either 16x if only using one GPU or 8x/8x if using to. Socket 1136 can run at 16x/16x but is overall more expensive.
So with the current setup, you are running about 730$ with the smaller samsung drive -40 dollars of MIR brings you to 690$ and you have a kickass machine. This leaves you with alot of budget room for some extra games or whatever you want. your 285 is pretty beastly already, but you could upgrade to a 5870 and get some faster ram and still be under budget. You can also stick with your 285 right now which is way more than capable and use the extra cash to upgrade to the nextgen nividia cards when they drop. If you want a PSU that is modular (can take plugs out for cable management) then i reccomend this one http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... which i own and love right now. Im pretty sure im not missing anything but i am super hungover right now. Let me know if this works for you, and if not we can do some tweaking.
ohh yea, if you order the noctua uh12 let me know and ill send you pics of how to put the fans on. it took me like a half hour to figure out then i was like... "omg thats so smart i can take them off easy"
i was worried about breaking mine too, so i can understand that. But should you ever want to swap something out, are you gonna drive an hour and a half to do that?
Id recommend having a friend over who knows what hes doing and going from there
maybe you got a bad mobo or bad ram? that seems to happen occasionally with all the brands. Could also be a bad memory stick. Im not sure how to test that other than pulling one stick out at a time and seeing if you get errors. If there are no errors with the ram, its prolly the mobo.... Good luck though, that is a little bit out of my league. Maybe make a new post in one of hte problem solving forums