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September 27, 2011 11:42:51 PM

Hello,

can i upgrade the CPU in my Dell 745 Optiplex (Pentium R 3.4 GHz) and if so what compenents will I need to do so (CPU, Motherboards, etc). Thanks John
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September 28, 2011 12:59:43 AM

Intel Core 2 Duo E6700 Kentsfield or Quad Q6700 Kentsfield 2.66GHz would drop right in and work. Just be warned that there is a Wolfdale E6700 (3.2Ghz) that will not work.
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September 29, 2011 4:54:03 AM

To be honest if your looking for more gaming power you should be able to play Modern Warfare at medium settings if you plonk a $80 Radeon 6670!!
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October 6, 2011 3:42:03 AM

Thank you!!!
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October 7, 2011 1:16:07 AM

Actually this Dell Optiplex 745 can support a Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 or and Q6700. I own one of these machines with a Q6600 in it with Windows 7 and 8GB of RAM and it runs great!
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October 14, 2011 1:37:03 AM

CharlieWalkerTX said:
Actually this Dell Optiplex 745 can support a Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 or and Q6700. I own one of these machines with a Q6600 in it with Windows 7 and 8GB of RAM and it runs great!



I upgraded to the core 2 6700 and it improved a little, not much. Still tends to stull when i load up on with 6 to 9 windows open. Which I guess is normal.

Question, i thought 4 GB of RAM was the realistic limit running a 32 bit system? Does all that RAM make a difference?

Thanks!!!
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November 21, 2011 5:30:05 PM

CharlieWalkerTX said:
Actually this Dell Optiplex 745 can support a Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 or and Q6700. I own one of these machines with a Q6600 in it with Windows 7 and 8GB of RAM and it runs great!

You have the standard MoBo in your dell and it runs a Core 2 Quad?
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November 22, 2011 6:59:09 AM

dont upgarde or i would say waste money in this pc buy a custom made pc
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November 22, 2011 4:01:01 PM

Windows 7 if a 64 bit OS and it can recognize more than 4GBs of RAM.

I would suggest anyone with Windows 7 that intends to do serious gaming get at least 2x 4GBs. RAM is really cheap so there isn't a good reason not to fit more than 4 GBs in a Windows 7 computer.

As for the other question, I wouldn't upgrade anything except maybe a video card in the DELL.

Save your money for an entirely new core. Cores are best upgraded as one "piece" so a Motherboard, Processor, and RAM should all come at once.

You can get a Phenom 2 x4 840, M4N68T-M LE V2, and 2x 2GB Crucial Ballistix core for well under $100 if you are thinking of just upgrading the whole core and you are on a budget.
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