WTB/WTTF Cheap SFF Computer i5/i7

Jedi

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I’m looking for a super cheap SFF computer like a Dell Optiplex i5 or i7. My budget is very low, so let me know what you have. Thanks! Jeff
 

Spartacus09

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Might help to know what you consider very cheap.
Do you need windows license on it?
Does it need a drive HDD/SSD?
Any specific requirements ie) USB3.0?
Amount of ram?
iGPU sufficient or does it need a dedicated?
 

Jedi

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Might help to know what you consider very cheap.
Do you need windows license on it?
Does it need a drive HDD/SSD?
Any specific requirements ie) USB3.0?
Amount of ram?
iGPU sufficient or does it need a dedicated?
I do not need a windows license i have those, it doesn’t need a SSD/HDD I have those, Lowest GPU would be an i5 Ram 8GB or none ( I have some ram, but not all kinds) GPU can be anything other than onboard.

This is going into an Arcade 1UP instead of a raspberry pi I’m trying to get it to run Naomi games and others that require more power than the pi. I already have built a few pi arcades and they are great, but they can’t run the newer roms, so let me know what you have?

Thanks!
 

SamirD

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Budget is very limited and I have a TON of stuff to trade / sell that im going to be listing
Like how limited? <$50? <$100? At least an idea would help. A lot of us either have cheap stuff or know where to get it, but we need to know how cheap. (y)
 

Jedi

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Like how limited? <$50? <$100? At least an idea would help. A lot of us either have cheap stuff or know where to get it, but we need to know how cheap. (y)
I would like to keep this as close to or around $100-150 that I could.
 

Jedi

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not bad, now I just got to troll the forum for a budget gnu that would fit, since the radion cards i have are far too big for a SFF

I’m leaning towards the optiplex, they seem to be pretty decent. Of those 3 what do you think is the best?
 

Spartacus09

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The cheapest, frankly they're all pretty much the same for your purpose.
I have one of the HP 8300s and the thing is a workhorse and near silent (I did replace the CPU paste though it was horrendously old).
 

SamirD

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not bad, now I just got to troll the forum for a budget gnu that would fit, since the radion cards i have are far too big for a SFF

I’m leaning towards the optiplex, they seem to be pretty decent. Of those 3 what do you think is the best?
Well, I'm going to PM you a deal that I was saving for myself, but would fit your build much better. (y)

As far as the 3--these were just what I found in a few seconds, but if I had to choose, I personally find the Lenovos to be faster even on the same specs, while Dells seem to be better for upgrading. But it will really depend on your final use case--I'd check out the manuals on all three and see if there's anything that might be an issue for you like power supply weakness, less dimm slots, cpu upgrade limits, etc.
 
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