Advice regarding Optiplex 3050 Tower

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  1. Posts : 114
    Windows 10 Pro
       #1

    Advice regarding Optiplex 3050 Tower


    I am switching from Mac to pc. I have pretty much decided on going with an Optiplex 3050 tower in the following configuration:

    OptiPlex 3050 TowerIntel
    Core™ i3-7100 (DC/3MB/4T/3.9GHz/65W)
    Windows 10 Pro
    8GB RAM (will add another 8GB myself)
    1TG HDfor now I won’t get a discreet graphics card - want to try integrated card first8x optical driveDell media card reader
    Intel Dual Band Wireless AC 8265 (802.11ac) 2x2 + Bluetooth

    Which of the following may I need?

    Parallel/Serial port Adapter (Full Height)
    VGA Video Port
    PS2 Serial Port Bracket, Full Height
    Parallel/Serial Card and VGA Port (1 card)
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  2. Posts : 4,594
    Windows 10 Pro
       #2

    I would not recommend a Dell at all.

    An i3 ???

    How much do you intend to pay for this PC ?
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  3. Posts : 809
    Win10
       #3

    What is your intended use for this machine? Do you have any specific software or hardware you are planning to use? That will help us determine whether your loadout will work for you.

    While I have nothing against Dell, choosing a low-end business desktop seems like a strange decision unless you have some particular reason for doing so.
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  4. Posts : 114
    Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #4

    My choice is based on the recommendation I was given by a friend. I know pretty much nothing about PCs.

    Main uses would be:

    a whole lot of Photoshop CC
    little video editing
    text processing
    the usual Web stuff (no gaming)
    some streaming

    What I need is 16 GB RAM
    a 1TB drive (I will have three external 5TB drives connected)

    My last Mac-mini was the mid-level model. It was sufficient for my needs.

    So what do you folks suggest I get?
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  5. Posts : 114
    Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #5

    AddRAM said:
    I would not recommend a Dell at all.

    An i3 ???

    How much do you intend to pay for this PC ?
    Oops, that should have said Intel Core i5-7500 (QC/6MB/4T/3.4GHz/65W)

    I would like to pay as little as possible.
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  6. Posts : 46
    Win 10 Pro x64
       #6

    Unless you need to connect some really, old obscure accessories you don't need any of those optional extras except perhaps the VGA port. I had a quick Google and the default screen connector is HDMI. If your monitor has an HDMI port you're good to go. If you wanted to connect via VGA port, you'd need the optional VGA connector.
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  7. Posts : 114
    Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #7

    My monitor has a DVI port, a Display Port (and a VGA port). The DVI port should be compatible with HDMI, I believe?
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  8. Posts : 46
    Win 10 Pro x64
       #8

    You are correct (thank you Google ), you would just need an HDMI to DVI cable.
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  9. Posts : 114
    Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #9

    So what about the configuration I chose? Is it not decent for my needs? What would be a better choice?

    Another reason for getting the Optiplex was the warranty. Three years with in-home repair service after online diagnosis.
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  10. Posts : 809
    Win10
       #10

    It should be fine for your needs. There really isn't a whole lot of differentiation in the office desktop space these days past the chassis, CPU, memory, and hard drive.
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