Question Will at Dell Optiplex 3010 MT Motherboard work in a Dell Optiplex 790 MT

Dec 17, 2019
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I have a Optiplex 790 and was wondering if I could put a Optiplex 3010 Motherboard into it so I could upgrade the processor. Currently because it has Q65 series chipset it will only allow 2nd Gen Intel Processors. I know I will probably have to upgrade the PS too.
 

stonecarver

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Nov 18, 2019
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What size is the Dell Optiplex 790 MT case?
Its BTX and the Mounting Holes as well as the Front and Rear Panel connections, thermal sensors, Front USB./AUDIO etc are Proprietary.


MICRO BTX (Balanced Technology Extended)
https://www.dell.com/community/Optiplex-Desktops/What-size-is-the-Dell-Optiplex-790-MT-case/td-p/6114086



So I do agree with Barty1884 so IDK.


https://www.dell.com/downloads/global/products/optix/en/optiplex_3010_technical_guidebook.pdf


https://clascsg.uconn.edu/download/specs/O790.pdf
 

Barty1884

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What size is the Dell Optiplex 790 MT case?
Its BTX and the Mounting Holes as well as the Front and Rear Panel connections, thermal sensors, Front USB./AUDIO etc are Proprietary.
Neither of those boards (images above) are BTX?
And yes, while some of the connections are proprietary, they're proprietary to Dell - and compatible with either board.

Now, not a worthwhile endeavor, as I've mentioned - but compatible, yes.
 
Dec 17, 2019
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Several friends have mentioned the i3-2600 and the 2600K. But I know realize the K would be a waste of time b/c this MOBO can't take advantage of it. I think I'm gonna follow the advice here and get me a 2600 and pick up an r7 240 and call it a day. Thanks to all who replied.
 

Barty1884

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Yeah, the K sku would be a complete waste. In later eras, the K typically had higher base/boost clocks vs the Non-K, but the 2600 and 2600K are clocked exactly the same.

pick up an r7 240 and call it a day.
I don't know what the question is, but the R7 240 is extremely unlikely to be the answer.

From what I can see, a used 240 sells for between $25-$40.
At that pricepoint, something liek a GTX 750, 750TI, 760, 950 or (maybe) a 960 might be achievable
On the AMD side of things, RX550, 460, 560, or something older like a 270/270X

all of these cards, while not necessarily the latest & greatest, are orders of magnitude better than an R7 240.
 
Dec 2, 2019
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Well I just transplanted everything from my 7020 SFF to the 790 DT. Its not perfect, but I get to use my GTX 1650 in the x16 slot now instead of the x4.
 

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