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Hello all.  My motherboard or CPU of 10+ years has decided it was time to take a long walk off of a short pier and I am needing some help in finding a new motherboard, CPU, and RAM that I can use in my PC case that I already have... but I need it to relatively inexpensive (the best bang for the buck).  I am on my old Dell XPS 410 right now and it's about 15 years old... I'm trying to do schoolwork for my online university and the Dell is struggling.

The motherboard that I am replacing is an Asus P6X58D Premium.  It is and LGA 1336 X58.  The CPU is something like an Intel i7 3600 or something... I can never keep track of the actual specs.  I also have 3 sticks of RAM that are DDR3 1300 which adds up to 12GB, I think.

Here are the other components that I have that I will be using with the new MB, CPU, and RAM:  4-5 SATA HDDs, a brand new RM Corsair 850X PSU (or a EVGA 850w PSU that i thought was bad, but wasn't), GeForce GTX 1050ti card (PCIe), and a BD reader/burner.

 

I need to reuse as many components as I can without spending extra money right now, so I need the new motherboard to fit into the same case I already have... but i don't remember what model number of Cooler Master case I have... so as long as the new motherboard is the same "style" as my old motherboard above, i think it will be OK?  The worst week in a long time... First, my car gets rammed while it is parked and then I come home to a dead PC two days before homework is due. :'(

 

I am asking for help because I honestly do know what is good in terms of PC parts anymore, or what CPU is needed for what motherboard. I also don't want the cheapest of the cheap, but parts that are good for their price. 

I posted on the following link to get help with why my computer wouldn't turn on, and I think it comes down to me needing a new motherboard or CPU... but since I have to upgrade the other when getting a new other PLUS having to get more/different RAM... i don't think it matters which one is toast.  https://forums.tomshardware.com/threads/pc-wont-power-on-even-after-new-psu-troubleshooted-a-bit.3479331/

 

I know it is a longshot, but if there is a "good" motherboard and CPU combo for less than $300, and then I'm able to get some RAM relatively cheap that would be awesome.... Any higher than that and I might have to buy a piece at a time over the next month or so.

 

Thank you for the help.

 

 

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Ryzen 5 1600 ($100)

 

16GB DDR4 3000 ($68)

 

 

There's so many boards to choose from and there doesn't seem to be a special deal going on right at this moment.  But every other day I see AMD boards go on sale so one should pop up soon.

 

Alternatively if you don't mind used parts you might be able to find even cheaper stuff.  People will be offloading newer Core i7s and current Ryzen processors as they upgrade, so you might find a killer bundle that way.  Some used server Xeon processors, which can be equivalent to some older i7 processors, can also be had for absurdly cheap.

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Thanks @Spork3245

 

I ended up ordering the below items after I saw that first combo had expired.  I think I did OK?  I also used a promo code and got 15% off the mobo.  Is there a big difference between the mobo in that combo you linked last and the one I ordered?  I think the CPU is the same...

 

CPU:

https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819113496

Mobo:

https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813144177

 

I have to wait until next Friday to get the RAM though.

 

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1 hour ago, Pent said:

Thanks @Spork3245

 

I ended up ordering the below items after I saw that first combo had expired.  I think I did OK?  I also used a promo code and got 15% off the mobo.  Is there a big difference between the mobo in that combo you linked last and the one I ordered?  I think the CPU is the same...

 

CPU:

https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819113496

Mobo:

https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813144177

 

I have to wait until next Friday to get the RAM though.

 

 

Yup! It's a shame that combo expired, it was dirt cheap all things considered, but that IS a better Mobo. If it's not too late, though, this Mobo is supposedly better than that MSI one: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07BZ239Z2/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_ShK2CbAZ3BEX9 and is the same price. :sun: 

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1 hour ago, Pent said:

Thanks @Spork3245

 

I ended up ordering the below items after I saw that first combo had expired.  I think I did OK?  I also used a promo code and got 15% off the mobo.  Is there a big difference between the mobo in that combo you linked last and the one I ordered?  I think the CPU is the same...

 

CPU:

https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819113496

Mobo:

https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813144177

 

I have to wait until next Friday to get the RAM though.

 

 

This is fine.  I wouldn't even call this a budget build.  It's definitely mid-range.

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