Dell Optiplex 740 Upgrade Compatibility

Mr JK

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Hi
I have a Dell Optiplex 740 Desktop Version. I have tried some gaming on it but I couldn't do anything so I threw in some old stuff that I had. I upgraded the RAM from 2gb to 4gb and installed a Nvidia 8400GS rev. 4 gfx card (I had to physically saw off a part of the case for it to fit). Now, I'm very tight on budget but I wanted to upgrade the gfx card and maybe later the CPU (Current CPU: AMD Athlon Dual core 4450B @ 2.30 GHz). I found a deal on a Asus gt 730 2gb but I'm not sure about my PSU, the requirements for the gt730 are min. 300W and it uses up to 23W and my PSU is 280W BUT the 8400gs requires a 300W and uses up to 40W and I'm fine using it. I can only play League of Legends on my PC with 45-25 fps on very low settings.
Also, will I be able to (at some point) put a Quad core CPU and 8gb RAM in it?
I would be grateful if someone could help me.
 

Mr JK

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Thanks for all the answers but I have decided to sell this magnificent piece of history and just build a cheap machine. More money but faster and more reliable.
 

beruli

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If its a Socket AM2, it doesnt support Quad Core CPU's. Only Socket AM2+ support Quad Core CPU's, AFAIK. As for the GPU, the GTX 750ti doesnt need a power connection and runs around 60 watts. Thats probably the best best option your going to get.
 

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The gt 730 doesn't need a power connection either and uses as I said 23W according to the specs. I opened up the PC and it had a am2 socket so so you know any am2 CPU's that are better than the AMD Athlon 4450B ?
 
The GTX730 with 2GB is DDR3 card, get the 1GB DDR5. It's faster. With 2GB GPU you should get 5GB ram minimum. The O/S (if 32bit) uses 3GB and the video card will use the other 2 to store textures. GTX750Ti is the fastest card that doesn't need a PSU upgrade. It's also recognized as an entry level GAMING card. Consider GTX740 with DDR5 if you must save money. But if you buy a card that won't do what you want, and have to buy again you haven't saved anything. Find out if you need EUFI BIOS compatible card or not. They come both ways.
 

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For a CPU, depending on wattage use Athlon 64 X2 6000+ uses 89 watts, that is probably your best CPU Upgrade. If you wanted to stay around 45 watts which is your current CPU, Athlon 64 X2 5600+ is another option at 65 watts. Remember the difference between your CPU and the 6000+ is only 800 Mhz, there is no other difference between them.
 

Mr JK

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Thanks for all the answers but I have decided to sell this magnificent piece of history and just build a cheap machine. More money but faster and more reliable.
 

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