Question Can I upgrade a dell OptiPlex 7010 PSU?

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Prebuild Dell Optiplex 7010 Small frame
Baseboard 0WR7PY
CPU: I7-3770

Dell support told me I cant upgrade it. What can I do?

I bought SilverStone TX300 300w and a GT 730 before speaking to Dell.
Is it safe to upgrade and will it work?
 
Oct 19, 2021
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Should I worry about potential damage done to the computer upgrading the PSU?

Edit: Honestly I didnt plan on upgrading the PSU but Geforce GT 730 requires 300w. Currently the PSU is at 240w
 
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ttower2020

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A better PSU will not hurt your computer, as long as you can make sure the PSU is pinned the same. There is no "one size fits all" explanation for how Dell does their prebuilts. I have one that uses entirely upgradeable, standard ports and plugs. My friend has one that uses all non-standard parts, and is generally not upgradable. Overall, the smaller the computer, the less you will be able to upgrade. One of the biggest things you can look for is the 24-Pin motherboard connection from the PSU. Quite a few Dell systems use their own motherboard power connection, and if your is one of those, then you cannot upgrade the PSU, as the plugs are not compatible with the rest of the PC.
 

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A better PSU will not hurt your computer, as long as you can make sure the PSU is pinned the same. There is no "one size fits all" explanation for how Dell does their prebuilts. I have one that uses entirely upgradeable, standard ports and plugs. My friend has one that uses all non-standard parts, and is generally not upgradable. Overall, the smaller the computer, the less you will be able to upgrade. One of the biggest things you can look for is the 24-Pin motherboard connection from the PSU. Quite a few Dell systems use their own motherboard power connection, and if your is one of those, then you cannot upgrade the PSU, as the plugs are not compatible with the rest of the PC.
There are adapters to hook up standard 24 pin PSUs to proprietary Dell connectors, but it's tricky on SFF because they don't use ATX PSUs. However, a gt 730 in a 7010 SFF would not require a PSU upgrade.
 

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There are adapters to hook up standard 24 pin PSUs to proprietary Dell connectors, but it's tricky on SFF because they don't use ATX PSUs. However, a gt 730 in a 7010 SFF would not require a PSU upgrade.
I figured they are available, however I would not be surprised if Dell had a different pin setup for different PCs that use the same physical plug. I do not know if they do this, but adapters would be at your own risk, assuming they are properly pinned for the Dell you have. If you can find one that is stated to work with your PC, I would try it out. Make sure the new PSU can actually fit into your PC case before buying adapters or anything else additional.
 

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I figured they are available, however I would not be surprised if Dell had a different pin setup for different PCs that use the same physical plug. I do not know if they do this, but adapters would be at your own risk, assuming they are properly pinned for the Dell you have. If you can find one that is stated to work with your PC, I would try it out. Make sure the new PSU can actually fit into your PC case before buying adapters or anything else additional.
There are companies that make adapters specifically for this purpose. In this case, it turns out the 7010 sff uses a standard 24 pin PSU plug.
 
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Should I worry about potential damage done to the computer upgrading the PSU?

Edit: Honestly I didnt plan on upgrading the PSU but Geforce GT 730 requires 300w. Currently the PSU is at 240w
A gt 730 will be fine with a 240w PSU. I upgraded an optiplex with a 260w PSU and a 1050ti works fine with it. Gt 730 pulls no more than 40w and a 1050ti is like 75w
 

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