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[REFURB] Dell Optiplex 990SFF | i5-2400 3.1GHz | 4GB Ram | 250GB HDD | $116.10 Shipped @ bneacttrader eBay

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Combine with 10% off eBay gift cards for just $104.49 delivered.

I have purchase two of these using the PACKAGE20 code before this one came up :( They declined an offer of $115 each but accepted an offer of $125 each but YMMV. So potentially get one for $101.25 (or less) with code and gift cards :)

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  • +3 votes

    What do you do with these?

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      Good for old people or workstations.
      You can even upgrade them, add a gtx 1050 low profile, add another 4gb ram and chuck in an SSD. boom, decent gaming rig!

      • -7 votes

        No go with the video card. Can't upgrade anything in these except for the HDD and RAM.

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          Are you sure on the video card?

        • +7 votes

          The board has two PCIe slots, a 4x and a 16x. It'll take low-profile cards just fine

        • +1 vote

          you sure you aren't confusing yourself with the USFF version?

        • +2 votes

          Literally EVERY previous post about these includes comments from a bunch of people buying them to add a 1050 low profile card, or people who have already done it.

          Just be sure to get the SFF model, and not the Ultra SFF (USFF) model, which WON'T fit a video card.

        • +4 votes

          @t3chshopper: Ah. Did't see that one. Sorry for the confusion.

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          @Homr: I think I have. sorry.

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          @AmperSand: I was thinking of the smaller one which I've messed around with. Didn't see that this was a bigger one.

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          @dav3:

          9010 fit on 16x slot

          9020 fit on 4x slot due to clearance

          not sure about 990

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          Can I put another 3.5 HDD in the box?

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            @jimwh: Not familiar with this particular model, I'm afraid. I use the smaller ones at work, so I know those ones quite well.

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              @flaminglemon: Use Service Tag at DELL Au's Support page to get some good manuals, incl's several, each of which is box-specific (SFF USFF DT, etc.)

              My issue: Deal shows "SFF" but Tax Invoice shows "DT"

              From Svc.Tag, you can get computer-specific details, incl
              its orig. & curr. config'n (if accurate…).

              If it was p/o a huge & profitable Gov't purchase, it would have been easy for DELL to enter + clone this kind of info.

              Dunno if supplier or if new owners can update it… any1 know?

              That site also lists [f purchase] some HDD's & SSD's, that are known to work in the unit… some are 2.5" HDD, which I don't like in a Windows box like this (my bias),
              if only because I've had a few standalone portable 2.5" HDDs fail.

              BTW, on arrival, mine looked very clean & the 240 V power lead appeared to be New on the outside.

              Apparently easy to open, but we've yet to look inside.

              QUESTION: Who sells good, but cheap 2nd video cards for these? And… does it show video on BOTH screen & one connected to a 2nd card, if installed…?

              Thanks, Dell Experts… :~)

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                @IVI: PS: Are these models able to work with "almost any" (I presume: SATA interface) HDDs? Must we be selective, eg, using Low-Power drives?

      • +2 votes

        I was mistaken. This one is good for a video card.

    • +1 vote

      Basic PC for kids/old people
      Home lab machine for hosting virtual PCs, etc

    • +7 votes

      Compute

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      Great for pay tv streaming services via acestream (free)

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      I turned mine into a Plex server running with SSD, Xeon processor, and headless CentOS

      • +2 votes

        A Dell Optiplex?

        Can you please share what Xeon you're using? Dell doesn't officially support Xeons in its optiplexes :(

        • +2 votes

          Yes, in an Optiplex.

          It can be done if you edit the microcode in BIOS. Typically modded BIOSes can be found online. Just ensure the power supply and socket is supported.

          I am only using about 300mb of Ram in Centos. Can access the GUI through VNC and access via SSH I have startup and shut down times and use WOL. All accessable on my phone.

          Run transmission for torrents which I remote access from my phone. Also use Webmin and Sonarr for automatic downloads of TV shows.

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    i5 2400 is pretty slow for gaming but good for your parents browsing the internet. it'd need a ssd in it to make it worthwhile though.

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      I still game on a i5-2500k just fine, obviously you won't be playing anything too complex on a 2400 with a 1050, but it's still relatively capable

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        Don't know how a 1050 would go inside this since its SFF, you'd need to find a card that isn't excessively wide.

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    Hmm the GF mother needs a new computer to do banking on and access internet.

    just how bad are these and i guess what "era" are they? 2000's/post 2010?

    • +2 votes

      i5-2400 is a 2011 processor. On the other hand, Intel has made minimal IPC improvements from 2nd generation to 7th generation intel processors. A 2015 i5 is only 20% 'faster'.

      You may want to consider upgrading some ram (~$30 for an extra 4GB DDR3 on ebay) and getting an SSD. All in all, ~$200 for a PC that will do office, internet at very snappy speeds.

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      If this PC ever breaks down, will your GF mother expect you to provide technical support?

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        Yes, for 9 years minimum.

        Edit: You will probably end relationship with gf and change phone number due to the support workload.

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      Perfect for it. My father has this pc.

      Only thing I can recommend is a ssd that frequently goes on sale here. Just for quicker start up and computer response time.

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      This might be a strange suggestion but if she's not very tech savvy, and only doing banking / browsing, you might want to consider installing this for her instead of Windows 10:

      https://www.linuxmint.com/

      I've done this for a few people and you pretty much never get any support calls from them.

      This will run very well on these machines out of the box, you won't even need to do the SSD upgrade.

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      I have an i7 2600k and gtx 970, just beat wolfenstein 2 at near locked 60fps with most settings on full.
      More than good enough as a general use desktop :)

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      Dell's Svc.Tag look-up brought me to a Support section (incl'g Warranty), & my unit was put into service 1st Feb 2015 (if their data is accurate).

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    Looking at something cheap to run a home server on, or am I better off getting something like a qnap nas?

    • +1 vote

      If you want a cheap home server it's certainly an option, is you want to use it as a "NAS" you're better off getting the real thing.

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      If you want to add a bunch of drives, this may not be the best way to go. 8GB ram may be a good move too.

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      Qnap/Synology are fine but you may find the proprietary hardware limiting depending on what you want to run on your home server and what hardware the nas is using. something like this running a lightweight linux server might be more flexible.

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        Thanks for the responses, mainly looking to store media that will share to a few devices running Kodi or possibly a Plex server.

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    Get display port to hdmi good enough for 1080p htpc

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      the DP on these are old and don't support audio. I had to get a different video card ($30 ATI 8490) and use DP from that with the DP+HDMI adapter.

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    Has anyone had any experience using one of these refurbs as a Plex server? I'm looking at upgrading my NUC but i don't want to spend a lot.

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      I run Plex on a i5 2400. It's faultless.

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      The i5 cpu should handle transcoding pretty well.
      If you don't need transcoding (just plain streaming), even a Celeron based NAS or potato should do fine.

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      https://support.plex.tv/articles/201774043-what-kind-of-cpu-...

      Plex recommends 2000 passmark score per 1080p stream.
      The i5-2400 has a passmark score of ~6000.

      This will be a perfect upgrade if you are, at most, transcoding up to 3 1080p streams simultaneously.

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        I would only be running a maximum of 1 or 2 streams transcoding simultaneously because i only direct stream/play within my local network. Most of library is 1080p but I've started to expand to 4k, would it be more ideal to get the i7 or do you think the i5 will be suffice?

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    What's the cheapest but reliable WiFi dongle ?

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    How loud is this computer? I would like to use this as a Plex server but I want to avoid the sounds of a jet engine.

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      The two I've had were almost silent. One had a very slight amount of coil whine coming from the motherboard though - not very loud but would be enough to annoy some people.

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    Keyboard/mouse?

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    Would this be okay for my 'home office'? Looking at working from home in 6 months or so and need a basic computer set up. Mainly internet browsing and use of Microsoft office.

    • +1 vote

      Yes. Just get an SSD and buy an extra 4GB of DDR3 RAM.

      WD Green 480GB SSD is currently $89 - find the link on ozbargain.

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    For older parents who only need Office, browsing and a bit of video streaming on the side would this or the 7010 on this link be better?

    https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/405179

    • +1 vote

      The only difference between the two of them is the CPU. While it may be slightly better in gaming due to stronger single core performance, this does not translate to faster office browsing/video streaming. This PC should be sufficient for general use, just that you will probably need to upgrade the RAM and add an SSD.

      As this particular model is out of stock, you may consider the following which has the same specs:
      https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/191604246737

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    Does anyone know what the power consumption is like on these systems?
    Would be an interesting always on streamer for the TV, I do already have a Synology though.

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    Probably a silly question but excuse my ignorance on the topic. How well, if at all, would one of these hand MH Worlds with extra ram and a 1050ti?

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    I need offer on i7 please

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      See their ebay shop. Normally not enough i7 systems to be listed on Ozbargain. Also I found the speed difference between many i5 and i7 was so little it wasn't worth it. You are often better to just get a gen 4 series i5.

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    I think these models would be SATA II, thus limited to about 250MBps. Probably not much of limitation for some people, but they will slow down most modern SSD on large transfers.

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    Howdy!

    We are sold out of the 990's now.

    We do have the HP equivalent available.

    https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/191604246737

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      Thx mate. I actually gone through your website already. But I'm more interested in a real deal that you could offer here, not a normal one with ebay discount code…can you make an offer on an SFF it of 3rd or 4th generation please. Cheers

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