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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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I really don't see this as a deal for someone who games. Not bad for a basic computer. But nothing special.

I got my son an Asus vivobook a year ago for $320 with and i3. Not comparable to this computer but when you add in a touchscreen and the fact it's convertible, doesnt get hot. No fan. It just makes more sense for the average person.

For a gamer. I would get a desktop large enough to add dedicated graphics. Then go discrete so cooling isn't an issue. If not that, integrated graphics are OK on some setups. But my main point is focus on what you need it for. Buying a basic computer hoping it'll play games or buying overkill when you don't game are both pathways to buyers remorse. I'll never forget a girl I knew who didn't know what to say when her boyfriend bought her a top of the line 17" laptop she didn't want to lug around.

Sorry for rambling.
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Is this capable of basic gaming. Not like a computer dedicated for gaming.
I"m pretty sure it can run older PC games but try
emulation
- N64
- DREAMCAST
- PSX
- GAMECUBE
- PSP
- NNintendo DS
- Nntendo 3DS

the should run great and have large library of games.
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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.
We ran about 1000 Lenovo Tiny M93 2013 to 2018, about half in dusty institutional 24hr environments. Failures were extremely low. Fan bearing failures was the most common issue, followed by a rare SSD failure. Even with bad fans they usually still ran, just noisy under load. I would recommend them.
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This seems to be a 6th gen intel processor. Other deals I see for $200 are all 3rd or 4th gen. Will that make a big difference?
Ya know to be perfectly honest I looked up a bunch of benchmarks between the gens and there isn't as much of a difference as you might expect. For example a 4th gen i5-4670t is actually slightly faster (higher overall benchmarks) than this 6th gen
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Is this VR ready?
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Hard to say without a link or listing out the specs. This optiplex has an extra M2 slot for an SSD to add relatively easily.
I bought the Lenovo m900 a few years from woot. Almost the same thing. i5-6500t, SATA, supports nvme, and I've put 16GB ram. I love the form factor and barely takes up any room but with that said it's not good for much beyond web work, office, and very basic stuff. Forget games, photoshop, lightroom unless you're very patient. NVME drive would heat up to 85C and the whole thing would run hot. I've since taken that out and basically use it as backup machine. The Lenovo BIOS had so many issues too such that sometimes it wouldn't boot or if you had a USB drive or something plugged in it wouldn't start.

tl;dr I also have an Intel NUC and the engineering on that is worth a premium. I would easily pay 20% more for an equivalent spec'd machine. The NUC is also smaller surface wise too but taller.

As far as Lenovo, I'm a Thinkpad fan and probably not a Thinkcentre fan.
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You can find HP mini PCs with older, but comparable preforming CPUs for less than half this price.
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You can find HP mini PCs with older, but comparable preforming CPUs for less than half this price.
Link?
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Hard to say without a link or listing out the specs. This optiplex has an extra M2 slot for an SSD to add relatively easily.
I don't know about this particular model but any time I've added an M.2 SSD to an optiplex or latitude, the M.2 sled/adapter was always missing when the original came with a platter drive.. The slot is there but always need some kind of bracket, heatsink to properly lay it. A few times I've had to "float" it with a spacer screw and or cardboard / tape because the bracket was missing.

I just checked the spec sheet for 3040m :

1 M.2 (22x30mm) (Wireless only)
https://cc.cnetcontent.com/inline...iginal.pdf
It has one m.2 slot taken up by wireless card


so I think a 2.5 SATA SSD may be the only option

Also https://www.dell.com/support/arti...ms?lang=en shows 3040 not listed here.
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Just bought my parents one off Dell refurb a few weeks ago. Great for what they use it for, basic internet surfing and excel.
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Do I have to buy proprietary Dell ink? Is there Ink DRM? Can the ballpoint run Skyrim?
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Get this one off eBay: https://www.ebay.com/itm/333625431197
I would second the ebay route, I scored a 9020 sff i5-4590 8gb for $100. There are lots of good deals depending on what you need
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in for 2...thanks OP!
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Quote from sieudaochich
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These seem to be a decent deal a couple of years back. Now with new AMD processors, any intel core gen 1-8 are obsolete.
Build yourself an AMD r3-3300x and you get modern CPU, less heat with slightly better performance than even a core i7-7700k

That said, if you still want to buy pre-built. From 3rd and 4th gen to 6th gen will be around 10-15% performance increase in CPU max. For GPU, you get like 50-100% increase.
Still, I would go with $200 3rd or 4th gen over this 6th gen at $280 unless you need GPU power somewhat
Sorry but you have to be joking. The r3-3300x from this year only hits 35% higher benchmarks than the i5-4590 from 6 years ago.​ The newest AMD chips might have made the older AMD chips obsolete but the 4th gen and up Intel chips hold their own no problem. Not much has changed at Intel in the past 6-7 years except some of the really expensive bleeding edge chips. Normal people chips have been good, and havent really gotten better.
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