Dell Optiplex 990 Office PC to Capable Gaming PC Upgrade + Benchmarks


What happens when you put together an
aging desktop PC and a modern graphics card? Let’s find out. My brother-in-law recently came to me
saying that they were throwing out these old PCs that were due for refresh. So
rather than let them go to waste, he sent them to me to check it out. I later found
out that this was a Dell Optiplex 990 Minitower PC which was a Sandy Bridge
based CPU and also released in 2011. Over at the front we have an old-school DVD drive, four USB ports as well as a microphone and headphone port. At the
back we have a mouse and keyboard, six USB 3 ports, a display adapter,
parallel ports, as well as a VGA port. No HDMI, though. I really love how convenient it is to open up this case and all the components inside. There are no screws; you just need to click open the latch and then the case comes off. Unfortunately, the PSU is only listed at 265 Watts So we really have to be careful what
components we put in. The CPU is an Intel Core i7 2600. And over to the right, we have four sticks of 4GB DDR3 from Kingston totalling 16 gigs. There is a
pre-installed AMD HD6350 GPU here but we’re not going to make use of that. This
system comes with a 1TB 7200 RPM hard drive so this is a good chance to
put in an SSD. All in all, the specs of the system are good but really what’s
missing is a modern GPU. F or PCI expansions, there are no screws required. Just open the latch put in your expansion and slot it in. We are putting in an Asus Phoenix 4GB GTX 1050 TI graphics card. Installation is very easy. Once you have the latch open just put it in the top most PCI slot (the blue one). Once you’ve slotted it in, make sure
that it’s secure and you don’t need to put in any screws. Just close the latch.
Once everything is nice and secure, putting back the CPU together is very
very easy. Just put the cover back in and make sure it’s secure. The PC case came
with a sticker installed on top with a key for Windows 7 which I used to
install a fresh install of Windows 10 64bit. For the final specs: for the CPU we have a Intel i7 2600, 16 gigabytes of RAM GTX 1050 Ti graphics card. So let’s come to the part where you really came for. The benchmarks. First up is Batman Arkham Knight. Unfortunately we can’t get 60 FPS here on Ultra settings so we have to
settle for low to medium settings. Next is dirt showdown. Even though it’s a
couple of years old, it still looks very good. For eSports, we have the very popular
DOTA 2. This doesn’t require much in terms of performance. For fighting games, the bare minimum
requirement is 60 frames per second so even if we put all the settings to very
high ultra this system really manages to still get those requirements. Our last benchmark is Rocket League,
another popular eSports title. Generally, eSports titles don’t require much in
terms of performance so we can see that here too. For a system that’s pushing six years
old, this CPU really still holds up in 2017. Modern and popular eSports games still perform really well and look really good. I like how easy was just to
install a GTX 1050 TI in there and not really putting in any new components
apart from the new SSD. It was a very easy and straightforward process and I
really like how it came out.

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