Thinking of Buying a Dell Optiplex 745 w/ Dual 19" Ultrasharp for Database Work

Discussion in 'Dell' started by Mike, Feb 20, 2007.

  1. Mike

    Mike Guest

    Hi, I'm thinking of purchasing a Dell Optiplex 745 w/ 2.4gGhz Dual Core CPU
    w/ 4MB cache, 2G RAM, 160G HDD & dual 19" Ultrasharp monitors for database
    work using SAS, Excel, Access. I don't believe the db files are very large
    eg, 16MB w/ SAS, Excel and Word being open at the same time. Audio is not a
    priority for this PC. What do you think of described configuration? Do I
    need an optional video card? Which form factor case should I buy? I assume
    the available slots vary according to form factor? Any suggestions re: the
    described configuration?


    Mike, Feb 20, 2007
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    Tom Scales Guest

    The slots absolutely vary. The USFF, for example, has ZERO slots.

    I would configure the 745 and also the Dimension 9200 and the XPS 410.
    They're essentially the same machine, with the Optiplex getting a different
    case. I have the Dimension 9200 configured similarly to what you describe,
    with the 2.4Ghz Dual core, 3Gb Ram and 3.25Tb of disk. I have the nVidia
    7600GS, which is fine for me, driving two monitors at 1920x1200 and
    1920x1080. I also have an nVidia FX5500 PCI card driving a 15" LCD
    Touchscreen, which is handy for the start menu and other menu options.

    My only suggestion is to avoid the entry level cards, particularly the
    7300LE. It seems to have a major flaw that affects system performance and
    it uses system memory to supplement video memory.

    Tom Scales, Feb 20, 2007
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  3. Mike

    Mike Guest

    We are an Optiplex shop so I'd like to stick w/ it if possible
    Thanks for your suggestions.
    Mike, Feb 20, 2007
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    Tom Scales Guest

    Then go with the 745. It's a fine machine. I like the Optis
    Tom Scales, Feb 20, 2007
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    Mike Guest

    do you know how many slots are available per 745 model/fgorm factor?
    Mike, Feb 20, 2007
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    Tom Scales Guest

    Tom Scales, Feb 20, 2007
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    Mike Guest

    Mike, Feb 22, 2007
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