I'm thinking on acquiring a refurbished Dell OptiPlex 760 for a small project: it's a Small Form Factor (SFF) - Intel Core 2 Duo E7400 @ 2.80GHz. I was wondering what the upgrade situation was for this model?
Apparently it can run (specs) Vista Business 64 bit which would allow 8GB of Ram. I wonder if that Vista is better than XP Pro 64 bit?
Can that processor be improved upon please - there were 'Q' series 760s which ran Quad Cores? This is an 'E' series though.
The following processors have been tested by Dell for Optiplex 760 and are the available options:
Intel Core2 Quad
Intel Core2 Duo
Intel Pentium Dual-Core
Intel Celeron Dual-Core
Q9550 Q9650 Q9400 Q8300 Q8200
E8600 E8500 E8400 E8300
L2 Cache size
12 MB 4 MB
You can upgrade to Windows Vista 64 bit. As to which option is better, XP Professional 64 Bit or Vista 64 bit, I would say it depends on your requirements and which environment you are used to.
Let me know if you need any further assistance. I will be glad to assist.
Thanks and regards,GauravS#iworkfordell
That's great, thanks :)
If the pc works out I will definitely upgrade to a 64 bit version initially, then a quad later on. Upgrading to a quad will mean removing the old 'E' mobo & fitting a 'Q' one, but that shouldn't be that difficult?
760 hasn't arrived yet but it will probably have the 32 bit Vista Business o/s - that's the first upgrade, to 64 bit so I can utilise more Ram.
The motherboard would have to be replaced to upgrade the processor. You might have to upgrade the power supply as well.
Motherboard and Processor are the 2 most expensive components on a computer. In addition, you would be upgrading the memory, operating system and possibly, the power supply. I would suggest that you consider a new system as it might work out cheaper and would also get you the latest technology (Core i3/i5/i7 processor with Windows 7 64 bit, after 10/26/2012, Windows 8 would also be available as an option).
Let me know if you need more information or assistance. I will be glad to help.
XP64 bit is an orphan OS and very few if any drivers are current for it. Goes EOL EOS very very soon.
If you want to do windows 7 64 bit you had better buy it within the next few days as Windows 8 comes out in less than 30 days.
All copies of 7 will dry up.
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Sounds like I will persevere with Vista 64 bit then. Mobos for Q series 760s are still around and the cpu upgrade is a current Intel quad processor. The nice thing about Dells is that there are so many of them produced it is not difficult to pick up replacement parts or upgrades. I fitted what looked like a brand new PSU - but obviously refurbished - into an Optiplex GX270 about six months ago & it worked straight out of the box. I think the GX270s are older even than the 760 cos it's a Pentium 4 pc. I upgraded it to XP Pro to utilise more memory.
@cgonzalezuk: remove your service tag (per policy) and better start new post. Which processor you have now - there are multiple motherboards came with this model, not all can accept quads.
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Not suppose to look into your info I guess, but too late now:
PROCESSOR : INTEL PENTIUM DUAL CORE E520
MEMORY : 2048MB (2X1024) 800MHZ DDR2 DUA
SFF and USFF do not support quads. Power supply is too small and does not have a 375W upgrade.
The smith tower has 305w power supply usff has 230w power.
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0H726R Processor, Q8200, 2 For Dell OptiPlex 760 2.33 GHZ 1333 FSB 4MB 95W
Part Number(s): U562N/ 0U562N Motherboard, Smith MT, Smith Bases P583N & P584N, TPM (M858N, Supports Quad Core CPU)
E8000 series Intel® CoreTM2 Duo 6M, 1333 FSB
E7000 series Intel® CoreTM2 Duo 3M, 1066 FSB
E2000 series Intel® Pentium® Dual Core 1M, 800 FSB
E1000 series Intel® Celeron® Dual Core 512K, 800 FSB
400 series Intel® Celeron® 512K, 800 FSB
38G73 E7400, 2.8GHz, 3MB, WFD, R0, (With VT)F31F5 E7500, 2.93GHz, 3MB, WFD, R0, (With VT) 06YMG Wolfdale Dual Core E7600, 3.06GHz, 3MB, 65W, R0, (With VT)H399J Wolfdale Dual Core E8400, 3.0GHz, 6MB, 65W, E0, 1333FSB D923J Wolfdale Dual Core E8500, 3.16GHz, 6MB, 65W, E0, 1333FSBN654J Wolfdale Processor E8600, 3.33GHz
What about G214D?
What are the validated CPU's???
Also is a larger power supply than the 305W unit required when using Quad Core CPU in the Smith Tower.
Is there a copper heatpipe Heatsink? Looks like the precision 380/390/XPS 410/420 heatsink.
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GuravS, based on your answer here, I just bought and installed an Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 processor in my Optiplex 760 USFF. All I get is "Incompatible Processor," even after updating the BIOS, chiset, etc. Any ideas?
Are you sure the mobo supports a quad core cpu? Not all 760s are quad models. I at first wondered if I could upgrade to a quad core but I'd need a new mobo.