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Upgrading a Dell

by AIex_C / February 24, 2014 10:59 PM PST

My brother's PC is on the old and slow side. Can play most recent games (for certain values of "playable") but want to upgrade it so we can play together without him having to run everything on minimum. Wondering what would give the best bang for buck.

Dell Optiplex 745
3.2 GHz Pentium D dual core
ATI HD 5450 1GB
280W power supply

Any upgrades would have to be within the current case, I can swap out the odd component but not really up to building a computer from scratch :/

CPU and RAM are probably okay, not many games uses more than 2 cores and 4GB, so I'm thinking the way to go would a new graphics card.

Any thoughts?

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Re: upgrade
by Kees_B Forum moderator / February 24, 2014 11:06 PM PST
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Indeed, a new graphic card (we recommend the lists on to find one you like) is needed, but this also needs a new power supply.


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Final XP support goes away in 6 weeks
by wpgwpg / February 24, 2014 11:17 PM PST
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by pgc3 / February 25, 2014 12:03 AM PST
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The FIRST thing that needs replaced is the PSU, 280W isn't going to cut it you'd want to go to 500 or thereabouts. Then there is OS consideration as another poster mentioned.

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by AIex_C / February 25, 2014 1:10 AM PST
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Right, so new graphics card and PSU. Already running Windows 7.

Thinking GTX 650 or HD 7770 but a bit worried about dimensions, I've tried my own GTX 560 ti (EVGA Superclocked) in the case and lengthwise its over by 2-3 cm.

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Right track
by pgc3 / February 25, 2014 1:29 PM PST
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It sounds as if you are on the right track it just sounds as though you just need to get a card that physically fits, they are out there. Good luck and have fun!!

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