Having problems with your Dell Dimension 5150 (DIM515MIN) PC Desktop ?

Motherboard is pooched dell wants $199.00 to fix any other idea's


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There are some generic motherboards out there, but it literally means rebuilding the machine from the ground up. If you want to cannibalize the parts and just start fresh with a new case and board, I think you're better off. You can remove all the components, and even add or upgrade a few. Some may not survive the transition, like DDRAM can be temperamental. But cannibalizing the parts could save you funds for now. Downside is, that while it's not impossible to build the machine yourself, you might want to call in a friend to double check it. Also, the power supply or processor may not transfer over. My CPU was actually welded into the motherboard on my last desktop, so if Dell still does that, you may have to purchase a new CPU, which could bring the cost up to simply replacing the whole thing with an assembly line job. In which case, you may think about simplifying.
In my opinion (based on my experience) I would look for another 5150 on ebay that needs an LCD (cheap usually) or ?? and move parts. I did this with an 8600. You may need time to locate a 5150 like this but if you can spare the time you may save money. Just a suggestion.
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