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WHAT IF: You owned a Dell Inspiron 660 and the Mobo Died, what would you do?

CleanFreak 252 111 April 13, 2016 at 12:22 PM More Dell Home & Office Deals
So my Dell Inspiron 660 [dell.com] mobo is having motherboard problems and I need to replace it ASAP. I can piece it together but I don't know what is compatible with what these days :p Confused

Does anyone have an opinion if I should:
  1. Replace the whole system?
  2. Replace the Motherboard and CPU only?
  3. Other: ___________________
Current Desktop Specs:

Dell Inspiron 660 [cnet.com] (hyperlink has all specs listed)
  1. Processor Socket LGA1155 Socket
  2. Chipset Type Intel B75 Express
  3. CPU: intel Core i5-3330 CPU @ 3.00GHz
  4. RAM: 2x4GB DDR3 SDRam 1600 MHz
  5. Brand new 500w Power Supply
  6. Brand new Sata HDD
  7. Brand new Video Card PCI-E 2.0 [newegg.com] 01G-P3-1313-KR

What I need to do on it:
  • Run Windows 10 64
  • Office 365 (heavy Excel)
  • Internet
  • BASIC video editing.
  • I do NOT game on it....

Can someone recommend either a good MOBO-CPU combo deal or something like it with a case included? I can reuse my other peripherals..Help a former tech-support guy who hasn't kept up with technology changes in 10 years, find a fix for his problem Smilie

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RAM: 2x4MB DDR3
8MB of ram doesn't go too far... Stick Out Tongue What speed DDR3?

The integrated graphics in newer processors are more than twice as powerful as the video card you bought. If you swap your motherboard and cpu you could find your can't reactivate the copy of windows on your hard drive (a dell oem copy).

You might be able to just replace the motherboard and reuse your processor? What's wrong with the computer?
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It depends on how much money you want to spend, but I think replacing the motherboard should be sufficient for your needs. Something like this [newegg.com] should do the trick, I think. I am not sure if the case can be mounted with a micro ATX motherboard (most cases that take full ATX are compatible with micro, in my experience). If not, just find an ATX motherboard with LGA1155 socket support and you should be okay. If you want to upgrade, so that you have 6 Gb/s SATA, USB 3.0, etc., then you would likely have to purchase a new motherboard and processor., which would be a bit more expensive.
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Edit: Added Ram speed and corrected MB to GB for RAM (oops lol)

The main reason for the video card purchase was because I need dual monitors (forgot to mention that in post)

I could replace the mobo with something on ebay, but is this a good time to upgrade? It's been 4+ years since I bought this thing so a new mobo/cpu is probably long overdue... but if that upgrade costs more than $200 it probably isn't worth it. THe mobo on ebay is only $50-100

What's wrong with it? I can't get past the bios unless I use my old video card. The video card causes the PC to randomly reboot. When I try to upgrade video card, it won't get past POST with two diff cards I tried. Then if I plug things into a couple of the usb ports, it locks up. Just a bunch of odd mobo symptoms..
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It depends on how much money you want to spend, but I think replacing the motherboard should be sufficient for your needs. Something like this [newegg.com] should do the trick, I think. I am not sure if the case can be mounted with a micro ATX motherboard (most cases that take full ATX are compatible with micro, in my experience). If not, just find an ATX motherboard with LGA1155 socket support and you should be okay. If you want to upgrade, so that you have 6 Gb/s SATA, USB 3.0, etc., then you would likely have to purchase a new motherboard and processor., which would be a bit more expensive.
Let's say $200 is the budget. Those features sound great. Would the current RAM work on the new board too? can you suggest a couple?

The dell 660 is a uATX (Micro-ATX).mobo from what I've read [tomshardware.com].
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Here's a link to Amazon [amazon.com]for a replacement mobo. Of course if you replace the mobo windows 10 will require reactivation.

At this point I would recommend getting a whole new computer.

Either way I would also recommend putting a little thought into the best way to support 2 monitors. Your current solution may work but it isn't optimal.
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Let's say $200 is the budget. Those features sound great. Would the current RAM work on the new board too? can you suggest a couple?

The dell 660 is a uATX (Micro-ATX).mobo from what I've read [tomshardware.com].
At $200, I probably would not upgrade. Processor alone would cost that much, unless you want to go down to i3 or switch to AMD (or find a really good deal somewhere). You current RAM should work just fine on any motherboard that supports DDR3 (you have to check which speeds it supports, i.e. 1333, 1600, etc). This would have been a great deal to pick up, but then again, it was $100 over budget, but I think it would have been worth it.
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Here's a link to Amazon [amazon.com]for a replacement mobo. Of course if you replace the mobo windows 10 will require reactivation.

At this point I would recommend getting a whole new computer.

Either way I would also recommend putting a little thought into the best way to support 2 monitors. Your current solution may work but it isn't optimal.
I agree with this. I would think about getting a new computer as well. There should be plenty of deals for that. Also, check out Dell Outlet postings, many great machines have been found there.

As for dual monitor/video card situation, I would probably go with something like this.
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Edit: Added Ram speed and corrected MB to GB for RAM (oops lol)

The main reason for the video card purchase was because I need dual monitors (forgot to mention that in post)

I could replace the mobo with something on ebay, but is this a good time to upgrade? It's been 4+ years since I bought this thing so a new mobo/cpu is probably long overdue... but if that upgrade costs more than $200 it probably isn't worth it. THe mobo on ebay is only $50-100

What's wrong with it? I can't get past the bios unless I use my old video card. The video card causes the PC to randomly reboot. When I try to upgrade video card, it won't get past POST with two diff cards I tried. Then if I plug things into a couple of the usb ports, it locks up. Just a bunch of odd mobo symptoms..
What video cards did you try? Honestly this is pretty strange.


Quote from dale_101798 View Post :
Here's a link to Amazon [amazon.com]for a replacement mobo. Of course if you replace the mobo windows 10 will require reactivation.

At this point I would recommend getting a whole new computer.

Either way I would also recommend putting a little thought into the best way to support 2 monitors. Your current solution may work but it isn't optimal.
I think i have to jump on this band wagon. 4 year old machine it's probably time to upgrade as stuff like this happens. If your running the original hard drive they only run for so long etc. Most corporations tend to replace machines after 3-4 years. Since budget was not mentioned either it's where I lean. Like everyone said if you transplanted the CPU & Ram to a 3rd party board you would need a new windows license, If you bought a used dell board it probably would work but then your really not any newer then you are now.

Other benefits of a new system would be to fix your gpu situation onboard, and get an ssd for a boot drive. I would look for a Dell Optiplex in the Dell Outlet. They come with 3 year on site warranties. At that point then you could have a test system if you wanted something to put headless linux on or somethign like that.
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Edit: Added Ram speed and corrected MB to GB for RAM (oops lol)

The main reason for the video card purchase was because I need dual monitors (forgot to mention that in post)

I could replace the mobo with something on ebay, but is this a good time to upgrade? It's been 4+ years since I bought this thing so a new mobo/cpu is probably long overdue... but if that upgrade costs more than $200 it probably isn't worth it. THe mobo on ebay is only $50-100

What's wrong with it? I can't get past the bios unless I use my old video card. The video card causes the PC to randomly reboot. When I try to upgrade video card, it won't get past POST with two diff cards I tried. Then if I plug things into a couple of the usb ports, it locks up. Just a bunch of odd mobo symptoms..
You're not gonna get far upgrading with $200 (Windows alone will eat up half of that, as I assume the Dell came with its own Windows; if you already had your own copy, that changes things slightly). That said, your CPU, RAM, and GPU can all be reused - the LGA1155 socket is not the latest and greatest, but it's still pretty prevalent. You'd need a new mobo, PSU (never skimp on the PSU), and maybe case. Again, hard to do for less than $100.

Have you done any troubleshooting with the new video card? I would make sure the mobo is actually problematic before spending $100+ on replacing it. Did you uninstall the old drivers and reinstall the new ones? Did you disable the onboard mobo graphics when you installed the video card?
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I don't want the thread to turn into a troubleshooting thread so I'll start a new one if I decide to fix rather than upgrade. But I'm not absolutely sure if the mobo is the problem. I got a new HDD today and I'm running a recovery on it and so far it's working, but we'll see what happens when I swap out the video card. Last time I tried, I can't get past POST or into the bios with the card in there, even when I disable the built-in video card first.

As for the Windows 10 OS cost, I'm willing to call MS to get the license thing fixed or live with Windows 7 if i need to, so don't factor the OS cost that into the equation.
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Here's a link to Amazon [amazon.com]for a replacement mobo. Of course if you replace the mobo windows 10 will require reactivation.

At this point I would recommend getting a whole new computer.

Either way I would also recommend putting a little thought into the best way to support 2 monitors. Your current solution may work but it isn't optimal.
Yeah, you are going to kill me when I tell you what I have...
Monitor 1: Cheap Acer 23" LCD [newegg.com]
Monitor 2: Dell U2711 [amazon.com] Smilie (Main)

I know my dell monitor is not being used to its potential, but I don't game so I don't see any need for a super nice video card...
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One major skill I lack is the ability to scan through upgrades and determine which ones are faster than others, and which are compatible. So far you've all helped me with this a little bit and I thank you! But I'm still stuck while scanning Newegg's combo list.

Maybe you can help point out a few that would work in my system? Even if it costs closer to $300....

http://www.newegg.com/Store/Combo...oStoreID=1
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question if the power supply will fit a new mobo. connectors might, length might not.
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question if the power supply will fit a new mobo. connectors might, length might not.
I'm not concerned about power supply. I just bought an EVGA 500w supply [newegg.com]and installed it... HDD and dvd drive are sata
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