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Old 03-13-2012, 03:47 AM   #1
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Upgrading Dell Optiplex 755

So I have this faily dated Dell Optiplex 755 tower which basically consists of these components:

- Intel Core2Duo E6550 2x 2,33 GHz
- 2,0 GB DDR2-RAM
- 160GB SATA
- Intel GMA3100 256 MB onboard

I already updated some components last year to make it more game friendly:

- Corsair TWIN2X4096-6400C5C 4GB RAM(800 MHz, DDR2, CL5)
- 460w Power Supply
- ATI Radeon HD 5770 1GB (singleslot)

The issue with the mainboard is that it has only 1 PCIe slot so that I cannot use graphic cards with double size.

I'm aware that this maschine was originally designed for office work, and that I most certainly need a new motherboard. I want to upgrade the maschine to some sort of mid-grade gaming PC, but at the same time not get too broke

What would you suggest to upgrade and which order?
IMO the best option would be to replace the motherboard and CPU but keep the power supply, memory and graphics card for a couple of months.

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Old 03-13-2012, 03:51 AM   #2
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What is your country?
What is your budget now?
What will be your budget in a few months?
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Old 03-13-2012, 04:21 AM   #3
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I live in germany. My budget right now is about 500€.
In a few months it'll be another 500€ when I get my tax returns
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Old 03-13-2012, 05:19 AM   #4
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With a €1000 budget in a couple of months time, I'd wait and build a whole new system. Ivy Bridge will be out by then and possibly the newer Nvidia graphics cards.
I'd upgrade the CPU, Motherboard and RAM first. If you're going to upgrade the CPU and motherboard to current tech, you will need to upgrade the RAM too, to DDR3.
I'd also look into getting a case too as it may be problematic installing new tech into an older Dell tower.
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Old 03-13-2012, 05:38 AM   #5
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I'd look at getting something like this:
Intel Core i5 2500K 4 x 3.3GHz boxed €189.99

ASUS P8Z68-V/GEN3, Z68 (PC3-10667U DDR3) €152.99

8GB G.Skill PC3-12800 CL9 Ripjaws KIT €45.99

Total price €388.97

Add in a new case, reuse your Hard drive and exactly what Power Supply do you have? Also, what connection is your DVD drive - IDE or SATA? If It's IDE, you'll need to get a SATA type drive.

Edit to add - New case: Corsair Carbide Series 300R - €62.99

Takes the total to: €451.96

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Old 03-13-2012, 05:54 AM   #6
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My drive is sata, 5400rpm though. At some point I'll have to replace it with something faster.

The AC should be this one:
http://www.coolermaster.com/product.php?product_id=6615

BTW, quadcore for a gaming PC? Shouldn't dualcore be enough, there aren't that many games that support quads anyway?

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Old 03-13-2012, 06:14 AM   #7
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You could go with a dual core Sandy Bridge for a low budget gaming system, yes. But more games are making use of four cores and certainly will in the future. If it's within your budget, I'd go quad for future proofing

Edit to add, that Power Supply will probably get you running on a new system but I'd look at changing that too as it isn't very good quality.
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Old 03-13-2012, 07:57 AM   #8
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My drive is sata, 5400rpm though. At some point I'll have to replace it with something faster.

The AC should be this one:
http://www.coolermaster.com/product.php?product_id=6615
Any 7200rpm drive will be an improvement over your 5400rpm one.

I would look for a more efficient PSU, the one you have linked is only 70%+
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Old 03-13-2012, 11:54 AM   #9
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psu

Connector M/B 20+4 Pin x 1
CPU 4+4 Pin x 1
4 Pin Peripheral x 3
SATA x 4
4 Pin Floppy x 1
6 Pin PCI-e Connector x 1

newer gfx card will need 2x 6/8 pin pci-e connector
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Old 03-13-2012, 04:41 PM   #10
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Exactly which Optiplex case size do you have? The slimline ones won't be able to handle a full size graphics card.
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