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January 21, 2013 7:51:38 AM

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?

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January 21, 2013 9:44:08 AM

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.
January 21, 2013 9:46:53 AM

Yeah, my bad, I is a C521, that was a typo. So I should scrap this and start over? The case is a whole lot thinner than I'm used to seeing, so that makes sense. Thank you!
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January 21, 2013 9:50:36 AM

I agree. Don't bother upgrading that old desktop, just buy your own components whenever you can afford it and at last you will have all you need.
January 21, 2013 10:04:09 AM

yup no point in upgrading that old machine
January 21, 2013 7:13:22 PM

Alrighty, I'll just save up for a new one. Thanks guys!
January 21, 2013 7:13:32 PM

Best answer selected by hudsonbrody.