Question Which computer has more potential?

Laura_39

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Hello guys,
I need help deciding on what PC to work on as a side project. I have two pretty bare systems, and can only afford to dump money into one right now due to the holidays coming up. I do, however plan on selling one of these PC's down the road.
The first one is a Dell Inspirion 3670, with a single stick of 8GB ram, a crappy 250 watt proprietary PSU, no cpu or hd (they are currently in my main rig). https://www.dell.com/en-us/work/shop/business-desktops-all-in-one-computer-pcs-for-work/inspiron-3670-desktop/spd/inspiron-3670-desktop
The second is an old HP Elite 8300 desktop (not SFF) PC, https://support.hp.com/us-en/document/c03345460
8GB ram (2x4GB), no cpu, 1TB hdd. I currently am thinking about adding an SSD to this one, and then snagging a cheap i5 3470 off Ebay.
Neither of these have a video card, thinking about throwing in a GTX 1050 ti, since it doesn't require a 4 pin.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated, thanks!
 

Lutfij

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You can't drop a discrete GPU into the Inspiron 3670 due to the lack of PSU options and that it's got proprietary connectors.


Likewise the Elite 8300(tower version if that's what you have) is also limited with a 320W PSU. Even if the PSU's were brand new, you're still going to need at least 350W of power for the entire system when populating the PCIe slots with a GTX1050Ti.

Your best option is to retrofit the system's with a good higher end processor(that is accepted by the units) and add SSD to speed up the system's. You can add rams to the system's but don't mix and match.
 

Laura_39

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You can't drop a discrete GPU into the Inspiron 3670 due to the lack of PSU options and that it's got proprietary connectors.


Likewise the Elite 8300(tower version if that's what you have) is also limited with a 320W PSU. Even if the PSU's were brand new, you're still going to need at least 350W of power for the entire system when populating the PCIe slots with a GTX1050Ti.

Your best option is to retrofit the system's with a good higher end processor(that is accepted by the units) and add SSD to speed up the system's. You can add rams to the system's but don't mix and match.
Yeah, Dell sucks like that. The only good thing that came out of this system was the i3-8100. Can't even mod the damn thing. Waste of $500 down the drain. too late to take it back, so I'm currently stuck with it. I do think Dell has their own 350 Watt PSU that was made specially for their own units...this is the one.
Dell OEM 365w PSU =
7VK45 365w, Huntkey
T1M43 365w, Delta

DVP9W Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, PCIe, 4GB, DVI-D/DP 1.3/1.4/HDMI 2.0, 75w
36V90 Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060, PCIe, 3GB, DVI-D/3DP/HDMI, 120w
24K8H Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050, PCIe, 2GB, DVI-D/HDMI 2.0/DP 1.3


https://www.ebay.com/itm/Dell-Power-Supply-7VK45-365W/193217174452?epid=1350220763&hash=item2cfca41bb4:g:7wEAAOSw8Q5d1FhD:sc:USPSPriority!14801!US!-1
A 24 to 8 pin adapter would also be required
 

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