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Looking to upgrade or replace my XPS420

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December 30, 2012 5:23:47 PM

I have a Dell XPS420 from 2008.

Looking to potentially upgrade with a homebuilt. I have no issue building, but unsure on best method to pick components for compatibility and value.

I do game with this computer on a 22" LCD @ 1600 resolution, so need some graphics power. Currently using a HD38xx

It has a Processor, E6850, 3.0, 4MB, Core Duo-Conroe, G0. I just bumped up to 6gb ram.

I just added a 128gb SSD...so I can reuse that. and it has 2 320gb drives that I RAID...could probably reuse those.

I assume reusing the case is hopeless? What processor is a good value right now? Motherboard?

I checked out the PCpartspicker...and just sorted by Rating and choose a reasonable priced value. But didnt really know what I was doing.

bluray reader needed as I rip DVDs to a NAS for streaming.

I was originally thinking $300...but it appears $500 may be more realistic.

I already have Win8 Pro. dont need wireless.

Thoughts? appreciate it.

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December 30, 2012 7:23:38 PM

That's a BTX format case; I wouldn't put any more into it except for maybe a better video card that will work with your dell ps. It's probably worth more if you sell it intact on ebay. Atx boards won't fit without taking a dremel tool to it; better to buy a new case, ps, etc and start over. Dell had a terrific deal on the inspiron 660 desktop system a few days ago with an i5 cpu, but that's over. You might see some more deals in mid January with Dell and HP on their websites.
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