Hey, so I recently come into the possession of a Dell Dimension C521. It's a somewhat old desktop. My question is, is it feasible and worth the effort to slowly upgrade it? I don't have the cash to sink into a new desktop all at once, so I was wondering if I could spend $150 or so on a motherboard and RAM, swap that in, then at some point grab a new processor, add a new video card later on, etc. Is that at all a good idea, or am I better off saving up and just getting an entirely new machine all at once?
I don't recommend you spend anything on your old dell; I can't find any specs or pics, which is a bad sign. C521 is listed. Main concern is the motherboard; if it's BTX format, then you won't find any new boards that will fit the case. BTX was discontinued about 5 years ago. You'll also need a new power supply, so starting over with a new atx case makes more sense.
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