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Solved VISTA/Windows Replacement Refurbished PC?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Alos, Mar 14, 2017.

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  1. Alos

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    I, too, received notice from Mozilla Firefox and am now limping along on old unsupported version of Internet Explorer, trying to find some technical advice about a refurbished desktop computer I'm considering buying to replace this poor old laptop with Windows Vista. Am new to site and still trying to find my way around. Can anyone tell me anything about a Dell Optiplex 790 i5 Desktop? Refurbished with 4 GB Ram, 1 terabyte Hard Drive, Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit OS?
     
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    Alos, I have requested a MOD to open a new thread for you. Yes if youre just wanting a decent desktop for casual use that would be an excellent system. I love Dells because they are reliable BUT I myself like to have upgradability =and Dell doesnt really offer that very much like a custom built machine would. But If you can get that PC for a good price Id buy it.
     
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    Don't get the SFF version (Small form factor), get the tower MT more room for upgrades
     
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    Anyway, more onto the desktop:
    1. As mentioned by lynx:
      For upgrade potential: MT>DT>SFF>USFF.

    2. Unlike the 780, 790 doesn't have proprietary wiring on the 24-pin ATX connector, so no need to reroute the wires when upgrading the PSU.

    3. Despite the PCIe slot rated at 35W, there have been successful cases of installing GTX 750 Ti (a 60W card without external power connector, meaning all the power needed is from the slot). Some HP business desktops have even lower rating (25W) but yeah the same story.

    4. The CPU can be upgraded to i7-2700K, but since you can't OC on that Dell there's no sense on such upgrade. No Ivy Bridge. No sure if SB Xeon E3 works.

    5. Officially the maximum amount of RAM is 16GB (8GB for USFF), 4GB on each stick. Nevertheless, many people have successfully used 8GB sticks to bring it at 32GB max (16GB for USFF). Do remember it's not officially supported and the sticks that work are kinda hit or miss.
     
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    Thank you..
     
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