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John44 49 10 December 14, 2015 at 12:53 PM
I've got an old computer where both the motherboard and cpu are done for. I am wondering if I should buy a new motherboard/cpu combo or buy something like this instead: http://slickdeals.net/f/8368727-intel-nuc-nuc5i5ryk-5th-gen-core-i5-hd-6000-graphic-289-99-lowest-price-ever-on-amazon

I have a ton of spare parts, I have 8gb of DDR 2 6400, Two 600 + power supplies, got like 5 old video cards such as GTX 460, GTX 275 etc. I got Two towers I can rebuild a computer in. I got plenty of extra Hard Drives laying around, including an SSD. Would It be good idea to get a cheap motherboard cpu combo and rebuild? Should I get newer RAM as well? Or should I abandon these and just buy something like the Intel NUC linked above?

Don't want a gaming computer but these old video cards are pretty powerful and should be more than enough to watch movies and play games on low settings which is all I really want to be able to do with this machine. These video cards shined in games when they first came out.

If I am better off building anyone got suggestions for budget CPU/motherboard and possibly ram?

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I've got an old computer where both the motherboard and cpu are done for. I am wondering if I should buy a new motherboard/cpu combo or buy something like this instead: http://slickdeals.net/f/8368727-intel-nuc-nuc5i5ryk-5th-gen-core-i5-hd-6000-graphic-289-99-lowest-price-ever-on-amazon

I have a ton of spare parts, I have 8gb of DDR 2 6400, Two 600 + power supplies, got like 5 old video cards such as GTX 460, GTX 275 etc. I got Two towers I can rebuild a computer in. I got plenty of extra Hard Drives laying around, including an SSD. Would It be good idea to get a cheap motherboard cpu combo and rebuild? Should I get newer RAM as well? Or should I abandon these and just buy something like the Intel NUC linked above?

Don't want a gaming computer but these old video cards are pretty powerful and should be more than enough to watch movies and play games on low settings which is all I really want to be able to do with this machine. These video cards shined in games when they first came out.

If I am better off building anyone got suggestions for budget CPU/motherboard and possibly ram?
If you went with a new CPU and mobo, you'd need new RAM as well (DDR3 is the standard now). Looks like the Intel NUC doesn't come with RAM, either, so you're buying RAM either way. Given your desire for a non-gaming machine, you're probably better off buying a CPU and mobo, and reusing some of your parts, as that will give you more options. On the other hand, you may not be able to get an i5 with a decent mobo for a whole lot less than the NUC anyway. Looks like the NUC may not fit a SATA SSD, either, so you may want to buy an M.2 drive if you don't already have one.

If you were to build, I'd suggest an i3 (~$125) with a good mobo (~$100). Throw in a new PSU for good measure (~$50 - you don't want to skimp on the PSU), and you're close to the price of the NUC. I guess it depends on how much you like the NUC form factor vs how much you like controlling exactly what parts go into it.
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Just get the nuc. I'm fairly certain that the new 5th generation intel processor's graphic unit beats all your old graphic cards. The CPU alone outweighs everything you listed.
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Just buy a dell optiplex i5-haswell when they are on sale for 300.
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The NUC doesn't come with windows, that adds to the cost.
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Last edited by jkee December 14, 2015 at 07:10 PM
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I think you should try to go for DDR3 RAM rather than reusing the DDR2 RAM that you already have. By doing so, you would not limit your motherboard (and CPU) options to much older and probably obsolete technology.

By reusing a case, power supply, and graphics card, you'd already save quite a bit of money. Good luck finding a CPU/motherboard combo on sale and try to pick up either a cheap 8gb kit o DDR3 ram to finish the build.
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Like everyone else said DDR2 isn't used by modern processors. Heck it hasn't been used for 6+ years. Put it on ebay and sell it if you have extra.

DDR3 is the current standard and DDR4 is on its way in with Skylake processors. Your power supply should probably work but double check as standards have changed over time. and depending on the combination you have and you get it might not have all the necessary requirements.

The old GPU should work if you need it, many chips have onboard graphics that might be faster and or more efficient.
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Just buy a dell optiplex i5-haswell when they are on sale for 300.
Ditto or an XPS 8500/8700/8900 from Dell outlet if the price is right with the coupons. There is almost no reason to try to build any PC yourself these days as you can not really save any money and that is not even factoring in time, effort and warranty. The only exception can be on the high end gaming side where PCs can run into the 2000+ range but that is not applicable here obviously.
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