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Dell Optiplex 3040 Micro Desktop: i5-6500T, 8GB DDR3, 500GB HDD (Refurb) EXPIRED

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Computers.Woot.com has Dell Optiplex 3040 Micro Desktop: i5-6500T, 8GB DDR3, 500GB Hard Drive (Refurbished) on sale for $269.99. Shipping is free for Prime Members, otherwise is $6. Thanks Magnumix

Specs:
  • Intel Core i5-6500T 2.5GHz (Turbo up to 3.1GHz)
    6MB Cache Desktop Processor
  • 8GB DDR3 Memory
  • 500GB Hard Drive 7200RPM
  • Intel HD Graphics 530
  • External 65W Power Supply
  • 802.11ac Wi-Fi + Bluetooth
  • Windows 10 Professional 64-Bit
  • Ports:
    • Front I/O Ports:
      • 2x USB 3.0
      • 1x Headphone
      • 1x Microphone
    • Rear I/O Ports:
      • 1x DisplayPort
      • 1x HDMI
      • 2x USB 3.0
      • 2x USB 2.0
      • 1x RJ-45 LAN
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I didn't see this posted, seemed like a good deal for a slightly more capable internet and light office work machine in this form-factor.

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that's a 5 year old CPU... not recommended
For Office and Business - totally fine CPU
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Get this one off eBay: https://www.ebay.com/itm/333625431197
It has 8RAM!
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I had a Optiplex Micro that was one generation later but identical-looking chassis. The main problem was the fan - it was loud, high-pitched and it adjusted itself constantly depending on CPU load. I've used many desktops and laptops and never came across such an annoying fan. No BIOS update fixed the issue while I owned it, and many similar reports online. I don't know if this one has the same issue.

Since then I've bought a few Lenovo ThinkCentre Tinys off eBay (typically around $200-250 for similar specs as here) - much quieter! They've been great and I highly recommend them. Very easy to service/upgrade (as is this Optiplex, as I recall).

The 6th-gen quad-core CPUs are totally fine for 99% of uses. With an SSD and clean install of Windows 10 you really can't tell the difference in browsing/office apps from a brand-new PC.
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We've had more than a few Lenovo Tiny form factor units fail over the years (M72, M73, M92).
I'd rather buy the Dell.
Can't speak to the earlier models (I avoid them since they have wifi card white-listing) but the M700 and M710q I bought have been rock-solid.
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I had a Optiplex Micro that was one generation later but identical-looking chassis. The main problem was the fan - it was loud, high-pitched and it adjusted itself constantly depending on CPU load. I've used many desktops and laptops and never came across such an annoying fan. No BIOS update fixed the issue while I owned it, and many similar reports online. I don't know if this one has the same issue.

Since then I've bought a few Lenovo ThinkCentre Tinys off eBay (typically around $200-250 for similar specs as here) - much quieter! They've been great and I highly recommend them. Very easy to service/upgrade (as is this Optiplex, as I recall).

The 6th-gen quad-core CPUs are totally fine for 99% of uses. With an SSD and clean install of Windows 10 you really can't tell the difference in browsing/office apps from a brand-new PC.
Did you try Speedfan?
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get the elitedesk 800 mini on eBay, under $190 with ssd. 6th gen i5. I ordered 4 of them last week.
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Also kinda confused about the pen cup. Is that just supposed to show the size of this thing?
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These machines are perfect to run Channels DVR or Plex. I picked up a 3040M with a fourth gen i5 from Dell refurb. I imaged it with Ubuntu and had it running as a dvr server. The hard drive went kaput, but $50 later I upgraded to a 1TB drive which is plenty for our purposes.

That said, this deal isn't so hot. Dell Refurb runs some pretty great deals - I got that machine for $125 on BF after coupon. This is a much better machine but I bet you can snag it for less on a Dell deal.
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Also kinda confused about the pen cup. Is that just supposed to show the size of this thing?
Yes, otherwise you may think the USB ports were over-sized; you gotta have a size reference. It makes you wonder how many people buy these, then return them because they didn't know they were tiny PCs.
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Definitely better deals to be had on eBay. Dell computers like this are a dime a dozen but well worth the money for lite work.
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Although installing W10P on refurbished business machines often activates digitally just fine, I would still recommend purchasing a legitimate license to keep things on the up and up, so good luck in your search.
Where is most economic place to buy Win10 these days?
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Is this capable of basic gaming. Not like a computer dedicated for gaming.
Can play solitaire and minesweeper like it's 1995
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Is this capable of basic gaming. Not like a computer dedicated for gaming.
Depends what you're playing, and what you mean by basic. I have a 4th gen Haswell i5 on my desktop and was able to run CSGO at medium settings at around 40-50 FPS with the integrated graphics. Early in the pandemic I also joined some friends on Fortnite at lower settings around 25-30 FPS. Definitely no where close to what a lot of folks expect, but it was certainly playable if you simply pop on a few hours a week.

I will say that throwing a measly $40 at a used graphics card was worth it, and brought me up a couple notches in graphics for little cost, since I started gaming more being stuck at home...but that might not be something feasible with the small case on this model.
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You could check whether universities nearby have surplus store. They usually sell used computers, a few years old, retired from the university for really low price. These computers are not refurbished, though and usually have no warranty. You could check whether they're functioning at the store.
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