My DELL Optiplex 745 PC specifications

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  1. mohamedkamel

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    Hi all,

    A question to MDL experts:

    I have a DELL Optiplex 745 PC with the following specifications (Hardware and software), also, could anyone tell me what the items in red mean:

    Operating System: Windows 7 Professional 64-bit (6.1, Build 7601) Service Pack 1 (7601.win7sp1_gdr.110408-1631)
    Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
    System Manufacturer: Dell Inc.
    System Model: OptiPlex 745
    BIOS: Phoenix ROM BIOS PLUS Version 1.10 2.6.2
    Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU E4600 @ 2.40GHz (2 CPUs), ~2.4GHz
    Memory: 2048MB RAM
    Available OS Memory: 2038MB RAM
    Page File: 1480MB used, 2594MB available
    Windows Dir: C:\Windows
    DirectX Version: DirectX 11
    DX Setup Parameters: Not found
    User DPI Setting: 120 DPI (125 percent)
    System DPI Setting: 96 DPI (100 percent)
    DWM DPI Scaling: Disabled
    DxDiag Version: 6.01.7601.17514 64bit Unicode

    Card name: Intel(R) Q965/Q963 Express Chipset Family
    Manufacturer: Intel Corporation
    Chip type: Intel(R) GMA 3000
    DAC type: Internal
    Device Key: Enum\PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_2992&SUBSYS_01DA1028&REV_02
    Display Memory: 256 MB
    Dedicated Memory: 0 MB
    Shared Memory: 256 MB
    Current Mode: 1152 x 864 (32 bit) (75Hz)
    Monitor Name: Generic Non-PnP Monitor

    Can anybody advise:

    (a) if it is good enough for games (high and medium),
    (b) should I upgrade or change any piece of hardware,
    (c) my work is translation, so, I use some programs like SDL Trados, Office, Photoshop CS5 and Indesign CS5 (not always), Adobe x professional,
    (d) is it old and needs upgrade or it is current.

    Thank you in advance!
     
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  2. x86

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  4. x86

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    #4 x86, Aug 6, 2011
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    Go with 4GB of RAM if you can afford it. It would make a huge difference compared to 2GB especially as you already running x64 7 :eek:

    As for the graphics card - what is your actual budget? Once I know that, I would be able to make couple of suggestions for you ;)
     
  5. mohamedkamel

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    Well, as you may note, I live in Egypt and cannot afford shipping from abroad. So, I will buy from here, in EGP (Egyptian Pounds).

    Actually, I can afford buying the highest price product (If it worth). I mean by this, I need a VGA card that could do the following:

    - Protecting my eyes from the low resolution as I spend about 20 hours or maybe more in front of the PC, at work and at home.
    - Enabling me to do my work (Translation), which needs more attention and concentrating on the screen.
    - Play games, like NBA 2K11, Fifa 2011, and some other games that require high resolution.
    - Navigating and communicating with my beloved MDL :)

    That's all.
     
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  6. x86

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    This does not solely depend on the graphics card itself, but on your display monitor as well i.e. LCD. In order to get maximum / optimal resolution & refresh rates, both your graphics card and monitor have to support them. And no graphics card / monitor can protect your eyes if you are spending 20hrs in front of your PC on a daily basis! You need to take a break - or should I say many breaks every so often. If not, it will just give you a headache :eek:

    Yes, this is where a good GPU can help ...

    I got it; you need a good graphics card overall. I will have a look first thing tomorrow morning. It's 02:00 here now, and I need some sleep :wacko:
     
  7. mohamedkamel

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    Yes, I have a Samsung 19 LCD monitor.
    Yes, it is almost 2:00 am now. I have work tomorrow as well. So, Good night and thank you for your help. :)


     
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  9. stevemk14ebr

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    I agree with x86 but i think u only need the 560 or even 550 i still have a gtx 465 and that is underpowered compared to the 560 yet it can still run bfbc2 maxed out at 1440x900 at 35-40 fps so the games u play would run perfectly fine with a 560 or 550:biggrin:
     
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  10. Shenj

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    #10 Shenj, Aug 7, 2011
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    I wouldnt be so sure to go with nvidia at the moment, the mainstream cards are lacking compared to ATi but im not well informed about the cards in specific, but if you want a good card for value, you go with ATi at the moment.
    (and its NOT and NEVER will be worth to buy a 'Enthusiast' oriented card, these cards sure have alot of power, but compared to a Mainstream card they are 2-3x as expensive and only give you a 'little' more power compared to mainstream..)

    I wonder though, do you NEED to upgrade or do you WANT to upgrade, how much do you want to pay (dunno how expensive stuff is in your location), are you able to "build" your own PC etc?

    Your Monitor isnt exactly nice, but if it works for you stay with it :)

    Another not hardware related matter would be, do you do Pauses? Walking and looking around, best to look at stuff thats near and really far away every HOUR for around 5minutes
    You wearing Glasses? if not, do you make appointments to check your eyes twice a year? It's important, whats gone will NEVER come back, even if some doctor tells you wearing glasses can revert it a little (it won't, really..) but getting glasses as soon as possible is important too.


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    If this would be the case, I could buy a 560 and invest the money in RAMs.
     
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