It looks like my Dell XPS 8500 which is only 2.3 years old needs a new motherboard. I've been quoted $350 to fix it (90 days warranty) by Dell. I asked Dell how much it would cost to get back on warranty once I have it fixed and it's $200 per year. Not sure whether I'll go along with this. A local technician gave me his estimate and it's $250 parts and service which includes 90 day warranty.
Instead of taking the repair option, I'm thinking of salvaging the parts for my next computer purchase. My XPS 8500 has 12 gb ddr3 sdram [1,600mhz (2gb x2) + (4gb x2)] and a 2 TB hard drive and 1 TB hard drive (from my Studio XPS 8000 which also died after 2.5 years). My Studio XPS 8000 has 12 gb ddr3 SDRAMs. Any other salvageable parts here?
Any Dell models that are compatible with these? 8000/8500 are no longer being sold. Dell sells XPS 8900 and 8900 SE which use DDR4 RAMs. I don't know of hard drive compatibility. Dell Outlet still sells XPS 8700 which is upgradable to Windows 10, which use ddr3 chips and are is presumably hard drive-compatible.
Doesn't have to be Dell or XPS. In fact, I would rather not buy another Dell or XPS because I've had such terrible luck with them. I'm thinking perhaps Dell business models like OptiPlex or Lenovo's best-selling desktops which may have compatible RAM and hard drive expansion options.
Does anyone know of the best way of putting to use these system parts from relatively new machines? Thanks.