Moving away from a Dell?

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  1. Badger0-0

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    As much as I love my Dell, I'm beginning to concede defeat with it's lack of upgradability (BTX layout, can't even get a HD 4550 to run etc) and am looking to go a more conventional route, while retaining as much as I can from my current setup.
    Which isn't much :(

    Looking at it, the case, puny PSU, MB and chip all have to go.

    I'm hoping to re-use my SATA HDD and my IDE DVD burner and DVD rom.

    I was contemplating building my own with all seperate bits, but it's a minefield, as I'm totally out of the loop.

    and I'm not convinced I'll save much over this:

    Novatech Barebone Bundle - Intel i3 540 - 4GB DDR3 1333Mhz - Intel H55 Chipset Motherboard - 4 Bay ATX Tower Case & 550W PSU

    My requirements?

    No gaming, not interested, so very much just basic stuff.

    The reason I've got fed up with the Dell is it's slow graphics (radeon x300se), which I think are holding it back, even for general browsing.
    I'd expect the onboard graphics of that one in the link to slaughter that, but have the HD 4550 sat here if it might be better???

    The board seems to be able to go up to i7 chips, so should be upgradable for a while?

    So basically I'm after a bit of longevity at a reasonable price.

    Any thoughts on my choice? Anything better?

    Can you get SATA to IDE adaptors?

    Sorry for the long post and TIA :smashin:

    Edit;
    It has to be Intel. I just have an inbuilt dislike of AMD, for some reason :suicide:

    Second edit;
    Is the 1156 socket a good idea?
    I read 775 is on the way out?
     
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    Scratch that quad core, as I've just read again that 775 is a dead end.
     
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    No advice to be had? :(
     
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    Aye, 1156 is plenty enough to give you upgrade options, the 1366 is going to be overkill for your needs but is the more future proof socket, but for a mainstream non-gaming rid the 1156 is going to be plenty, you don't pay games so graphics is of little importance, the extra card would just draw more power for no reason so yes the on board would be fine.

    You'll be more than happy with the i3 :thumbsup:
     
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    That's good enough for me :smashin:

    Cheers Iccz :smashin:

    I think I'll worry about the opticals later :)
     
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    Just realised my opticals are ATA, not IDE :suicide:

    Brain fade after too much researching, I guess.

    I've pulled the trigger on that comp anyway :smashin:
     
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    :laugh:

    Done that myself as well before, just I didn't realise until after everything arrived and I was putting it together :D
     
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    :D

    I nearly ordered a new DVD writer and asked them to chuck it in with the comp too, as it occurred to me I wouldn't be able to install Windows :laugh:

    Ah, it's a relief now :smoke:

    I've spent all weekend trying to figure why that flaming 4550 won't work :mad:

    I know Gigabyte will cite the 305W PSU as the cause, but I stripped out everything in my comp (well above the supposed 20W power draw) and it still doesn't work.

    Ah well :)
     
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    Just a bit of an update;

    So I got the Novatech, have set it all up and found that my DVD rom and Burner are IDE after all.
    Device manager said they are ATA and that's what confused me :suicide:

    Ah well, no worries, I bought a 4Gb USB pen for a tenner.

    Anyway, I'm quite impressed with it's performance :smashin:

    Couple of downsides though;
    The expansion slots were a right pain to get out and the fan seems quite noisy considering it's a 120mm.
    But then, I've not much experience of new machines.

    No doubt you get what you pay for and I'll sort the fan out for a few quid.
     
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    Yeah some cheap fans are not going to be a huge cost or much of a problem to get fitted.

    As for the ATA drive, that will be Parallel ATA (PATA) - changed from ATA to PATA when SATA came about.
     
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    Gotcha :smashin:

    The windows experience index has gone up from 2.1 with the Dell to 5.1, the weak point still being the graphics (I put the 4550 in, which works fine).
    I can live with that and now have the option to upgrade bits :smashin:
     
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    I've always had dell machines and only just parted with my 755. Good reliable machine but i wanted to do some gaming and as you know dell cases dont really fit these double sized cards. I went for a build yourself bundle in the end. Core i5 760 8GB ram, ATI HD6870 card. My score with sata was 5.5, brought a OCZ SSd this then went up to 7.3! huge difference in speed of opening programs, startup would highly recommend one. being a Dell fan it was hard to move but i'm glad i did.
     
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    I know where you're coming from :smashin:

    Dell really ought to go more mainstream, imo (perhaps they have? :rolleyes:).

    I rate them very highly, on the whole :smashin:
     

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