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Upgrade Dell Precision 470 vs. Buy Optiplex 380 ??

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February 20, 2012 3:02:34 AM


I have a Dell Precision 470 with a single 2.8 GHz processor, (but space for a complete second processor). It currently has only 2 GB Ram, Win 7, and an nVidia GeForce 6600 GT video card w/ dual dvi output.

I have a chance to buy a 2 year old Optiplex 380 with 4GB RAM, 2.93 GHz and Win 7 for $ 200. (I believe it is Intel Core 2 Duo.) This is a small form factor with fairly limited power supply. If I bought it, I would upgrade the video card, but probably not install a larger power supply.

Am I better off upgrading the Dell Precision 470 to 2 full processors, (maybe a matched pair at ~ 3.4 MHz), and also add 4GB more Ram? Those upgrades would run me ~ $150. Or, should I buy the Optiplex 380?

I use the computer primarily for Google Sketch Up, Quickbooks 2012, and AutoCAD 2007. No games.

Monitor is a Mac 23" cinema display.

thanks for any suggestions you might have!
February 20, 2012 4:51:20 PM

BTW - If I am being a fool for not buying a completely new system, please feel free to tell me so. I have a tendency to hang on to computers too long.
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September 3, 2013 8:08:52 AM

newer is better so its your choice, i'd recommend C2D cause they have good performance overall
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September 4, 2013 11:13:11 AM

For $200 you can find a used tower system with that same CPU and a better power supply. Look around for Lenovo ThinkStation systems, they are often sold as used lease items or from some hardware recycler.
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September 7, 2013 7:26:49 AM

i think so,they are often sold as used lease items or from some hardware recycler.
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