Advice on "Custom Building" an DELL OptiPlex

d2123cross

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I'm about to get about 3 or 4 DELL OptiPlex (I don't know the exact model) or some sort of Dell Desktop Computers. Would I be able to put either Windows 7, 8, or 10 on any of the Dell Optiplex computers?

What would make a custom build with this computer better, and what should I buy (also, how much will it cost.)
These are coming from a goverment office so, the hard drives will be pulled (no biggie, i have about four :p)


Thanks in advance,
Cross
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8 Pro With Media Center
    Computer type
    Laptop

KYHI

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The most common upgrade are > CPU - Memory and HDD/SSD
Depending on how Old the PC's are and what comes inside them - will make your choices better understood..
I would think being from the government - they are very basic, baseline PC's as they most likely where connected to a server and do not have much thrills about them.. Would even guess they where XP machines, with older hardware so even your choice of a windows upgrade may be limited
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Dell XPS 8700
    CPU
    I7
    Memory
    24 GB

d2123cross

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I forgot to mention.... the guy I'm getting them from usually maxes out his computers.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8 Pro With Media Center
    Computer type
    Laptop

fireberd

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I have to agree with KYHI. I used to be a Network Manager for a government agency. The PC's may be in good condition or they may be "clunkers". Workstations generally tend to be, as noted, basic machines. However just depends on the application they were used for.

Again depending on the specific models, many older Dell's that were designed for XP have hardware compatibility issues with newer OS'.
I used to do support on the Dell forums and this was a big issue when Vista came out and many could not upgrade because of the hardware (there were those that did anyway but the systems basically "limped" along). Audio was one big issue with some of the old XP machines as Dell used proprietary hardware and the lucky ones that could upgrade still had to buy separate sound cards to be compatible with Vista (and beyond).
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Win 10
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Home Built
    CPU
    i7 6700K
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus VIII Hero
    Memory
    16 Gb G Skill TridentZ DDR4 3400
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel (i7 CPU)
    Sound Card
    RealTek Integrated
    Monitor(s) Displays
    27" Dell SE2717HR
    Screen Resolution
    1920X1080
    Hard Drives
    500GB Samsung 850 SSD, 3TB for backups
    PSU
    EVGA Supernova 750 G2
    Case
    BeQuiet Silent Base 600
    Cooling
    Deepcool Captain 120EX
    Keyboard
    Microsoft Wireless
    Mouse
    Logitech wireless
    Internet Speed
    Cable - 100MB Downlink
    Browser
    Edge/Firefox
    Antivirus
    Microsoft
    Other Info
    Sonar Platinum 64 bit recording studio software with MOTU 896Mk3 Hybrid recording interface unit.

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