Question Cheap Dell optiplex/hp/compaq pc that has PCI-Express 3.0

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By the way PCI-Express 3.0 is optional if it has PCI-E 3.0 just mention it or if it has 2.0 u can also mention it
 

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it won't have pcie 2,0 unless it is a used pc from 10 years ago!!

should not be a concern if it is a new pc you;re looking to buy. but do keep in mind if you plan to upgrade it, those pre-built ones are not easy to work with and bring a host of issues with upgrading.
 
yes and i will use for gaming ill probably put a gtx 1050/1660 on it
If you don't want to run into problems, be sure to get a tower version and check the power supply is either a high-powered factory one, can be upgraded to a higher-power factory one, or can be easily adapted to an industry standard one. The Dell and HP workstations are really great for this as they typically come with solid power supplies from the getgo for gpus. They also typically have the ability to use ecc registered memory which can be much cheaper than normal memory.
 

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yes and i will use for gaming ill probably put a gtx 1050/1660 on it
Buying a "Cheap Dell optiplex/hp/compaq pc " and wanting to turn it into a gaming system means that you buy most of it twice.

Add a GPU, an you need to buy a new PSU.
Depending on which "dell/HP" you buy, it may not be ATX compatible.
Needing new case and motherboard.

Even if it IS ATX compatible, the BIOS on the Dell motherboard may be lacking.
 
Buying a "Cheap Dell optiplex/hp/compaq pc " and wanting to turn it into a gaming system means that you buy most of it twice.

Add a GPU, an you need to buy a new PSU.
Depending on which "dell/HP" you buy, it may not be ATX compatible.
Needing new case and motherboard.

Even if it IS ATX compatible, the BIOS on the Dell motherboard may be lacking.
Depends on the purpose. If the user just wants to put in an i7 and a gpu and load it with ram and ssd, the MTs are usually good enough for that within limits.
 

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You have to be very careful. A lot of people trying to convert a business class machine into a gaming PC, run into the issue of having a power supply that can't provide enough power for the video card, or doesn't have the proper PCIe connectors. A lack of RAM slots to bring it up to what you want, is also something to consider. Some machines may only come with 2, or sometimes even 1, memory slot. Business machines typically don't need massive amounts of RAM to run office apps, so they don't need a lot of RAM slots. Do as much research as you can before you buy anything, so you don't get stuck with a machine that can't be upgraded beyond it's factory config.
 
You have to be very careful. A lot of people trying to convert a business class machine into a gaming PC, run into the issue of having a power supply that can't provide enough power for the video card, or doesn't have the proper PCIe connectors. A lack of RAM slots to bring it up to what you want, is also something to consider. Some machines may only come with 2, or sometimes even 1, memory slot. Business machines typically don't need massive amounts of RAM to run office apps, so they don't need a lot of RAM slots. Do as much research as you can before you buy anything, so you don't get stuck with a machine that can't be upgraded beyond it's factory config.
There are little caveats to watch out for on the older models as a regular power supply mounts fine and works fine with a moddiy adapter. There is a gpu length limit and you may need to get adapters for the power for it if you use the stock power supply, but that's about it as far as limits.
 

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