Alright, I have a Dell system I'm looking to upgrade if possible. This is used almost exclusively for work and no gaming so video card(s) meeting my requirements are OK...don't need top of the line.
Can someone please advise how I can upgrade to meet these requirements?
-Can support 3 or 4 monitors
-Ability to accept 8GB ram (option to upgrade to 16GB in future a plus)
I've built computers when I was a kid (i.e. 16yrs old....which was 10 years ago!), so putting things together and installs will be no problem.
Initial thoughts from distant experience makes tells me I need: new motherboard, new processor, 2 new video cards, RAM. Details of computer as-is now below:
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400
Code Name: Woldfale
Max TDP: 65 W
Technology: 45 nm
Core VID: 1.300 V
Specification: Intel Core 2 Duo CPU E8400 @ 3.00GHZ
Family/Ext. Family 6l Model 7; Ext Model 17; Stepping A; Revision E0;
OptiPlex 960,Core 2 Duo E8400/3.0GHz,6M,1333FSB
512MB ATI RADEON HD4670,Dual DVI plus single DVI VGA adapter, OptiPlex 960MT
80GB SATA 10K RPM 3.0Gb/s 3.5 inch SATA2 16MB Data Burst Cache Dell OptiPlex
500GB 3.5, SATA 3.0Gb/s and 16MB DataBurst Cache,Dell OptiPlex 960 Minitower
16X DVD+/-RW and 16X DVD
If anything else is needed let me know - and Thank You in advance!!!
Trying to install a non-Dell motherboard into a Dell case (Optiplex 960) is going to be a pain. Dell uses proprietary connectors in the Optiplex line for the front panel connections (USB, power, LEDs, etc).
Your options are limted to adding a quad-core processor OR building a whole new rig, for all practical purposes.
That being said, since this is for work, what is your current config not capable of doing for you now?
What it's not doing is running quite as fast as I want during heave utilization. The 4GB RAM won't cut it and based on internet posts compared to the tech book I'm not sure if 8GB really is the max and 2GB per slot is the max. I'd also like to add a third monitor at the minimum (4 is a plus). Comp it used for heave financial modeling in excel and I may start using it for forex trading too....would rather avoid getting a whole new computer if economical.