New monster PC, no optiplex.

Discussion in 'PC Hardware' started by matt167, Jan 19, 2017.

  1. matt167

    matt167 MDL Junior Member

    Oct 8, 2013
    I came here asking opinions on upgrading a Dell Optiplex 755 and the general consensus was it's a waste.

    So, after some diligent research on bang for buck, I came across the Dell Precision Tx500 line and how they are cheap for a lot of power. Then found a deal on a T3500 w/ X5670 and 12gb ram and 1tb HD for $230 shipped, snagged one. Then I bought an XFX Radeon RX480 from Best Buy. ended up not being compatible and had driver issues, so returned and bought a PNY GTX 1060 6GB. Dell had it in a compatibility list so I knew it was G2G. Also stuck a PNY CS1311 SSD in it... Total cost at this point is $540, and it does game VERY well at 1080P. My monitor is 1080P/ 60hz so that's all I can test. I bet it would run most games at 1440P though.

    Then I took the Optiplex and turned it into my plex server. Replacing a Latitude D610 which had those duties.

    Then, because the Precision uses basically server grade components, I figured a tape drive to backup all my data would be cool. I didn't need it but, after just getting back into the tech world I wanted it. So I grabbed a PCIE 1x SCSI controller and a Dell Power Vault 110T LTO 3 external drive, that I'm now trying to get set up

    But now, yea I can game on near ultra settings on most games I play at 1080P, and this is probably the fastest computer I've used ( I had been out of the loop since 2013ish ). I don't know exactly what all to do with it, now that I have it. I kinda did it, just because.. And this is the most I've spend on computer equipment, at least at once. My last computer was $550 with a GTS 250 and I built that one, using mostly mid range components.

    BTW anyone know if brand of LTO cartridges really matter? Fuji's are $11.25 on Amazon, but other brands hover around $15-$20.. The savings is an extra cartridge every few cartridges, so not a big deal but it would be nice to spend as little as possible

    Anyone else Overbuild/ Overbuy?
  2. Joe C

    Joe C MDL Guru

    Jan 12, 2012
    a tape drive?
    I think I would rather invest in a pcie x usb 3.0/3.1 card and get external usb 3.0 ports and back up with a usb 3.0 hard drive.
    More expensive but saves time in the long run
    Or just an external hard drive for back ups without going usb3x
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  3. matt167

    matt167 MDL Junior Member

    Oct 8, 2013

    Yea, I know I bought a tape drive.. Actually through my teens until I graduated HS in 2007, my dad and I operated a true home network because it was something to do, and the network drives were backed up on DDS3 drive. We had at the time, 4-5 tapes in the library. We didn't have much and total storage was less than 200gb

    Most of the data I'm backing up is backed up on a separate external also. This is really something to do, just because