dealsdell 755 desktop (1.8 ghz pentium dual core…

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I work at a company that used these...actually the gx260, 280, 745, 755, 760, etc etc

The Dell 745 and 755 have two main issues.... there's two main issues we had with them.

1. HDD fan. There's a small fan under the HDD to help keep it cool. These fans often got noisy...rattling/clicking sounds, or they stopped alltogether. Even when the fan was running the HDD was pretty darn warm. When the fan stopped, the HDD was hot to the touch.

2. Capacitors. I'd say about 75% of these had leaking capacitors on the main board when they were replaced. Many had become unstable (BSOD, lockups, etc) and had been replaced already.
This is a known problem and easy to spot. (look for leaking capacitors or buldging ones...)

My $.02

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Like one of the above comments, I also support this model of PC at my work. We are currently replacing them with 790s, but we have had very few issues with the 755 and I'd consider them a very good "basic" PC. In fact, with the exception of the GX620, all of the Dell Optiplex models we've used have been good PCs.

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YUP. Don't ask why but i just bought 2.

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@onomea: It actually does have office software installed. It's called open office and it works great. You can read more about it at www.openoffice.org. I believe the Microsoft office home/student version is about as much as the computer. I wish we could include that for free but we have to keep the lights on.

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@conanthelibrarian: IT Has NO OFFICE software!!! sorry thats a dealkiller

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@fredwallace18: Sorry...I was referring to this computer, not a computer with 1gb. Guess I should have phrased that a little different.

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@blairtechnologygroup: I'm just saying that you can't run Windows 7 "comfortably" with 1GB like you said. I have nothing running on a clean install with no bloatware, and unnecessary services stopped, and 1GB is still too little to operate satisfactorily. It's not my main computer, so I'm not too worried about it. Thanks for the offer!

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@fredwallace18: It's possible you're loaded down with negative software that hogs resources. 1gb is the minimum for Windows 7 so I wouldn't expect you to win any races. Memory is cheap and we can add that for you if needed. Or, we can tell you exactly what to purchase. What processor do you currently have? Can you slap some more memory in your current box? What about an OS reload?

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@blairtechnologygroup: I have a Windows 7 computer running on 1GB right now and it's nearly unusable, so I'm upgrading. You don't need to have a thousand-dollar computer to have over 2GB RAM--8GB is less than $50.

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I picked one of these babies up recently t use as a NAS/server and have never looked back, it works perfectly for those needs. set up everything using home/wrok group, use free hamachi to control it from anywhere, and use plex media server to share everything...

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@cricky101: I think this will work fine for what you want to do. Adding memory is super cheap and easy if you need to. The best thing I'd say about this system is that it is commercial grade. It's made with higher quality components than the typical off the shelf box. You could feel comfortable running this box 24/7.

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@ryantg: According to Microsoft's website, Windows 7 requires a single core 1ghz processor and 1gb of ram. This box has 4 times the processor and double the ram. It's not going to match up to the thousand dollar machines but it has more than enough power to run Windows 7 comfortably. Office starter edition only comes with new, OEM pc's. I believe it is ad supported but I may be wrong.

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@jrhusc: To be honest, I have no idea why it's called Premium. Perhaps it has much more to offer than the original home version of XP. Unfortunately it doesn't come with Microsoft Office. Office itself is usually pretty expensive. We include a version called Open Office that will do almost everything that Microsoft Office will do. Thanks!

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@dise9: It doesn't have built in Wifi but you can add a New Wireless N USB adapter for $17 in our store. We'll install it before shipping. Thanks!

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@cricky101: This might work ok for FreeNAS. I run it myself, and it's worth noting that if you're planning on using ZFS, you should have quite a bit of memory (it's recommended that you have at least 4GB, and more if you have a lot of big hard drives). I went with these:
Motherboard/CPU - $80 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131843
Memory - $44 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820134928
Flash drive for OS - $7 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820235061
Case - $110 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811112265
You'll need a PSU if you go that route, but I already had one.
It doesn't look like there's room for many more HDDs in that Dell case.

Hope that helps!

edit: You can do this cheaper if you do a larger (not mini-ITX) build. Overall, I'd build something myself rather than buy this in any case.

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Windows 7 with only 2GB of RAM is going to be pretty unusable. And even with 2 cores, the 1.8 GHz is going to seem painfully slow.

It should have Office started edition on it unless Microsoft has removed that from the Windows 7 images they've authorized BTG to use.

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Would it be possible to set this up with a video-out to tv to be used like a slingcatcher?

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Andy, does "Windows 7 Home Premium" mean it includes "Office"?

If not, why is it called Home "Premium"? (I know it is a MS designation)

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I manage a few hundred of these at work. They're really nice machines. We rarely have any hardware issues with them.

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I've been looking to build a cheap NAS (and I'm still learning about all of it) to use for backup and as a media server for videos/music for my household.

I've got a couple of 1TB drives already, but would this box work for something like that or is it more than I'd need? I'm planning to use FreeNas as the software.

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Add a Ethernet dongle and you have a good untangle box.

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I bought a similar model from them a few months back and it arrived promptly and worked well. For basic stuff, it's fine.

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Hello Wooters. My name is Andy and my company is offering this computer today. It's a decent little computer that is just right for the regular user. It's perfect for email, web surfing, facebooking, homework, light games, and much more. You're not going to conquer the world with this computer but you can't beat it for the price. It comes fully loaded with a New Windows 7 Home Premium License from Microsoft. We are 1 of only 16 Microsoft Authorized Refurbishers in the country and we stand behind this computer with a full 1 year warranty. I'll be here all day if you have any questions. You can also call us toll free at 855-252-4784. Thanks!!

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geeks.com had a similar HP/Compaq for $114 yesterday. Sold out, though.

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need something for email, woot and web chat. Might need to pull the trigger.