[rescue] Looking to rescue a PC

Curtis H. Wilbar Jr. rescue at hawkmountain.net
Mon Feb 15 20:00:57 CST 2010

Jonathan Patschke wrote:
> On Mon, 15 Feb 2010, Patrick Finnegan wrote:
>> I'd consider getting a Core2 CPU in a Dell Optiplex 745.  From ebay, it
>> looks like you can get one for less than $100 for the single-core
>> version.
> I'll second that; the 745 is a decent machine, and you can toss in a Core
> 2 Quad CPU, if you're careful about selecting one with the right FSB 
> speed
> and power requirements.  You get a reasonable array of PCIe slots if the
> onboard graphics don't do it for you, and storage isn't blazing, but it's
> perfectly reasonable.
If you don't mind AMD.... I have experience with the Optiplex 740....  I
like them... work pretty well.

As for 'older' Dells... I haven't seen capacitor problems on the 
Dimension 2400
or Dimension 3000.  I've also not seen cap problems on the GX260.  I 
have seen
cap problems on the Optiplex GX270 however.  (these systems being Pentium 4
based boxes).

-- Curt

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