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Hello guys, first post

I'm looking to learn to build PC's with used components and to teach my kids how to do this. I have no previous experience but I have a basic understanding of computer components.

As a starter project I have bought a used Dell Optiplex 780 Mid Tower with keyboard mouse and monitor and a desk for £100. It has Nvidea Gforce 1030 installed and has been updated to windows 10.

It's a little slow and I'm looking to upgrade the dual core i3 2020 / 3.30 ghz CPU. Please note I'm mainly doing this for the low risk learning experience. I'm hoping to enhance the machine and possibly sell it on but ultimately I don't care too much. The process is a means to an end of getting more skilful and confident in order to take on something higher spec.

I've identified the motherboard and have found a technical guidebook for the 790 optiplex. The 3 processors I'm looking at are the quad core i5 2500 3.3Ghz, the i7 2600S / 2.8GHz and the i7 2600 3.4 Ghz.

Do you think I will need to upgrade the cooling system to cater for the more powerful CPU? Can anyone recommend a sensible option for this. Also with the goal of increasing performance and getting the most of the Gforce 1030 (for what its worth) which of the CPU's would you recommend (used off Ebay)

I'm also looking to upgrade the ram and SSD.


Any advice would be appreciated,

Cheers
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I got to be real with you.. building a PC isn't that deep bro. If this starter thing is just so you can gain confidence to build a more expensive one then I think you're wasting your money.

I remember my first build it was like a £500 pc. Just watched multiple videos then had a video in the background as I was building it.

I'm just saying this as I think you'd be wasting money buying new/used parts for this dell.
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Thanks. I'm glad its not that hard but I haven't done it at all before. I'm only going to get a few cheap used parts and will be able to either sell it or give it to someone in my family to use. Like I said I'm wanting to teach my kids how to do it too and I don't care whether it's considered cost effective (I'm not going to spend a lot anyway.) I'm thinking of doing a £1000 to £1500 budget build next. I'd rather practice on something cheap that I can learn from any mistakes on. Thanks
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Oh well I seemed to have mucked it uo already. I took out the gpzhicd card and the ram and put thel back in. Ice obviously done solething wrong because the gpu is gicinf no input to the monitor now. Folowed an online video guide and did it czrefully. All the fzns are going on, including in the video card.i tried hdmi czble into my tv to check and that didnt work either
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LSX wrote I got to be real with you.. building a PC isn't that deep bro. If this starter thing is just so you can gain confidence to build a more expensive one then I think you're wasting your money.

I remember my first build it was like a £500 pc. Just watched multiple videos then had a video in the background as I was building it.

I'm just saying this as I think you'd be wasting money buying new/used parts for this dell.



To be honest it was unhelpful of you to respond to me at all if you werent going to anwer my question. I clearly stated that I am not bothered about the money right now and just wanting to learn.

By responding without answering you have hindered rather than helped by decreasinf the likleyhood of others from responding. I will leave this forum now.
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