Right Choice? Purchasing a Dell Optiplex 790 Core i3 2120 USFF


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Hi Team,

 

A few questions

 

Interested in purchasing a Dell Optiplex 790 Core i3 2120 USFF particularly for its size. I don't need a powerful machine however I do need this little thing to pack a punch... Would anyone know if I could upgrade the CPU to an i5... a 64-bit at that?? I believe the socket is 1155 but my other concern is could the motherboard handle it? ...of course the Ram is an easy upgrade... I'd like to be able to do some LIGHT home video editing using Sony Vegas Pro 12 (kids sports)...

 

Thoughts?

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Look at an asus vivo pc. They start at around 500 but are tiny. Decently powered. If you want a bit more power and something thin look to a asus gr8. We were looking for small and quiet which we bought one of each for testing. The smaller vivo worked fine for our needs, but we did install more memory and update the drive to an ssd, which put both in the same price range.

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To answer your actual question, no, the CPU and sometimes even the RAM in laptops are soldered on and not replaceable, best option is to get a decent laptop with in i5 from the get go 

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To answer your actual question, no, the CPU and sometimes even the RAM in laptops are soldered on and not replaceable, best option is to get a decent laptop with in i5 from the get go 

 

OP is talking about a small form desktop rather than a laptop though.

 

The CPU in the Optiplex 790 will be replaceable. The 790 was available with an i5, so there's no reason why you wouldn't be able to swap it - that said; I believe the chipset only supports Sandy Bridge CPUs.

 

Unless you're working to a very limited budget that means you're stuck looking at discounted, refurbished kit, I would recommend looking for something newer; the 790 was released in 2011.

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To answer your actual question, no, the CPU and sometimes even the RAM in laptops are soldered on and not replaceable, best option is to get a decent laptop with in i5 from the get go 

That only seems to be the case with those "ultra books"

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OP is talking about a small form desktop rather than a laptop though.

 

The CPU in the Optiplex 790 will be replaceable. The 790 was available with an i5, so there's no reason why you wouldn't be able to swap it - that said; I believe the chipset only supports Sandy Bridge CPUs.

 

Unless you're working to a very limited budget that means you're stuck looking at discounted, refurbished kit, I would recommend looking for something newer; the 790 was released in 2011.

 

Dell computers are very sensitive to changes, I would take this with a grain of salt. I would look into other brands with small form factor such as the Asus gr8 that was already suggested in this topic.

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Might be worth looking at a Intel NUC, we've sold a couple recently to clients and they are pretty powerful, at least the model we sold, and only rougly the size of a apple tv and about twice the thickness, roughly anyway  :rofl:

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Lenovo ThinkCentre M93p | Intel i7-4765T

These things are super small lol. Also support the 2.5" SSDs

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You can pay through the nose for a i7-4785T in a Lenovo Tiny but the Gigabyte will still be faster / likely cheaper.

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Dell computers are very sensitive to changes, I would take this with a grain of salt. I would look into other brands with small form factor such as the Asus gr8 that was already suggested in this topic.

 

False.

 

Sensitive to change? How so? If you are speaking of the Windows activation then what does that have to do with Dell? Secondly, 100% of the time I've done only a CPU upgrade, it has never broken activation.

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False.

 

Sensitive to change? How so? If you are speaking of the Windows activation then what does that have to do with Dell? Secondly, 100% of the time I've done only a CPU upgrade, it has never broken activation.

I'm not talking about activation. The computer will stop working or tell you a part is failing (often another part). Such is the case mainly with some workstation models such as the T3600 and the T3610. This has happened mostly when upgrading the RAM (that we made absolutely sure that it was compatible but still caused some errors about other parts failing), and videocard upgrades.

 

I do agree though that a CPU upgrade shouldn't change anything.

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We've had Dells at work for a long time and they're SFF's, if they are socketed (which I believe they are) in the USFF, then yes you can upgrade them.

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