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Budget (~$500) Gaming SSF Build - Dell?!

Discussion in 'Portable & Small Form Factor' started by psylink, Mar 20, 2019.

  1. psylink

    psylink Member

    Oct 23, 2002
    I'm primarily a Mac guy and have gone through a bunch of different machines to try and find something that suits my quirky use cases (multiple screens, multiple concurrent running machines across different OS's, 1.5 keyboards, 1 mouse, etc) and have been pulling my hair out trying to settle on a good setup.

    In the end, I decided to take two of the requirements away from Mac OS and leave them as a standalone low power windows PC. So behold, my Rocket League playing Plex Server!

    Dell Optiplex 9020 SFF

    Q87 based motherboard
    16GB RAM
    1TB Samsung SSD
    Gigabyte 1050ti OC 4GB (Low Profile)
    Dell 255w PSU

    After reading online about some people having success putting a 1050 in these SFF machines I thought I would grab a refurb off eBay and give it a go. So far it seems to have turned out OK. I'll update this thread once the SSD arrives so I can re-install windows and get some real benchmarking/information. It's worth noting that only the PCI-e 4x slot can be used in this case due to the case/psu layout... but that shouldn't be too much of an issue according to some strangers on the internet.

    Link to a photo of how it fits in: https://imgur.com/a/K36msIr

    Actual cost breakdown is:

    Dell Optiplex 9020 w/ 1TB 7200 HDD - $302
    Gigabyte 1050ti OC - $229

    Throw another $180 on top for a 1TB SSD. I'll be removing the 1TB clunker it came with.

    You can also save some another $100 by going for an i5 with lower ram. There are plenty of refurbs of these Dells around so it might make a nice Fortnite machine for your kids for $400.
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  2. sammy_b0i

    sammy_b0i Laugh it up, fuzzball!

    Jun 29, 2005
    ACT 2905
    I actually have a modified side panel for an Optiplex 990 SFF, I think it also fits the 9010 and 9020, with a Coolermaster Vertical GPU stand attached to it, and also have the parts to add a second PSU and have it automatically start at the same time as the primary, to power full size GPU's :p

    Had a 300W SFX connected to an R9-290, and a GTX980 without issue for a few months.
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  3. magius

    magius Member

    Sep 5, 2017
    I had one of these for a while with a similar setup. Worked well for most of the games I played.
    The one thing I did find was the fans could get pretty loud when running some of the more intensive games. I don't think I ever did work out whether it was the cpu or gpu fan.

    But yeah, these are good machines for the costs.
  4. Turbine

    Turbine Member

    Jan 10, 2004
    I've helped a few workmates build similar systems.

    Protip: The 9020 SFF can hold a 3.5" HDD and a 2.5" SSD....without removing the CD-ROM drive. Just double sided tape the SSD between the side panel and PSU. Or if the SSD is thin you can slot it above/below the HDD.
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  5. rthy

    rthy Member

    Dec 6, 2012
    Had a lenovo m58p sff with a q9450, 8gb, 2x 256gb ssd, hd7750LP, used for a few years when we moved house.
    Was able to play BF1 on ultra low 720p lol (had to oc the 7750 lol)

    Built one of my nephews a "school pc" late last yr, hp prodesk 400g1 sff with a i7 3770s, 8gb, 240gb ssd + 500gb hhd, gtx1050 gigabyte lp model
    $150 for the desktop off gumtree
    $120 gfx from ebay
    $50 ssd from msy

    Was going to get a gtx750ti lp but seems overpriced at around $100+ at the time
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