Is this worth rebuilding?

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July 1, 2016 at 15:06:43
Specs: Windows 7 Pro 64bit, unknown
I got a computer with an apparent dead power supply and I want other opinions on if it is worth rebuilding. Here is what it has:
Gigabyte GA-EX58-US3R vers. 1.0
(Unknown CPU under heat sink but at least an older Core i7. possibly 6 core)
3 Sticks 2GB DDR3-1333 on triple channel
HD4830 512MB GDDR3
Dead power supply
IDE DVD drive
If I decide to rebuild it, I would purchase new an SSD drive, use an older 1TB HD, Use DDR3-1600 memory I already have, probably a GTX950 if no issues with the older PCIe 2.0 MB, a spare Corsair CX500 I have, a new SATA DVD drive, and new copy Windows 7 Pro. I am concerned that the USB2.0, SATA 2.0, PCIe 2.0 and some other early aspects of the board may hinder it too much. I have the CPU list so the CPU does not appear too shabby at a minimum (I would need to get into BIOS or remove heat sink to see CPU model [i7-920 through i7-990 listed and some xeon models]), I think I remember that these MB's allow overclocking but the manual on Gigabyte web site is less than minimal (not typical for them) and contains nothing on BIOS/settings at all.
I am not looking to replace my newer Devil's Canyon system I built last year but it might make a replacement for the Core2 E7500//GA-P43 that the general family computer has. I would appreciate all of your thoughts before I bother pursuing this as a project. Also I any one knows the resale value of the MB & possible range of the CPU's right now, it would be useful in deciding.
As always, thank you in advance.

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#1
July 2, 2016 at 08:18:10
Being that you're uncertain of the CPU, I'm guessing someone gave this to you? I would start by swapping the PSU & then test/evaluate the system as-is. If it doesn't have a working HDD, boot off a Linux disk & see how that goes.

I had a quick look at the board specs & manual. You may have downloaded the Installation Guide rather than the manual because the one I found has 120 pages with a chapter dedicated to the BIOS:

http://download1.gigabyte.us/Files/...

BTW, I've been considering a GTX 950 myself. Asus recently came out with a low power version that doesn't require the 6-pin plug. It's been nicknamed GTX 950 Unplugged.

http://www.vortez.net/articles_page...

https://www.techpowerup.com/reviews...

It's on sale at Newegg for $115 after rebate. There's an EVGA standard version for $100 after rebate but it consumes almost 50% more power (110W vs 75W). Looks like the main difference is the default core clocks but I've read the Asus card overclocks well.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

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#2
July 2, 2016 at 15:54:05
Thanks, that is the way I was leaning.
I am not sure how you found the manual since I looked where they showed it as a manual but I only was able to get the installation guide on their site even though I used the pull down to pull up Manual.
The extra wattage on the GTX950 does not bother me, the extra top end would be better in my opinion. I have the GTX750Ti factory OC on my personal machine, it works great for me, this one should be better.

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#3
July 8, 2016 at 13:57:56
Update:
I found a little time and swapped out the power supply and I was right since it spun up immediately. I connected monitor and keyboard and booted into BIOS and updated a few things (not going to use IDE HD or DVD so updated SATA settings, etc.). I noticed that the CPU was running high as 65C in BIOS at stock settings so I decided to look closer. First I booted to Puppy Linux CD I already had (used an external USB DVD drive I had) to get the feel of the machine and that went well but running off RAM there is some things you cannot tell. I pulled the heat sink, stock Intel one, it was installed with a silver thermal compound (possibly too much though it did not look like it) which cleaned off easily (not stock Intel coating on coolers).
CPU is an i7-920 2.66GHz 4.8QPI BCLK133
Now I have to decide on if I am going to upgrade it and how.
I could retain the CPU and upgrade around it.
I looked into getting a 980X CPU and they appear to be running about $250. US
Then I noticed that I could get a Xeon W3690 with similar settings, 6 cores, and a wider memory band width for $150. US and that is much more tempting.
I added an Noctua heat sink due to the heat I saw in BIOS since a similar one keeps my i5-4690K very cool.
This would run about $400-450 or about $600 with Xeon. This or a new build? Opinions are welcome.

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