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Optiplex GX1 tower

Postby oeuvre » 2017-12-03 @ 14:04

Yet another 90s Dell Optiplex! This one's a midtower and these have a plethora of ISA and PCI slots! Good expansion too. Pentium II 350MHz (gonna upgrade it to 1GHz Celeron + Slocket), 256MB RAM, 40GB 7200RPM hard drive, 3.5" floppy, DVD-ROM drive, 4MB onboard ATI video (upgrading it to 8MB via SGRAM), onboard Crystal CS4236B sound, onboard 3COM 3C905 network, a PCI USB card. A Matrox Millennium G550 PCI is on its way. Right now I've got a triple boot setup with MS-DOS 6.22 + Windows for Workgroups 3.11, Windows NT4 Workstation, and 98SE... booting is handled by System Commander 7. Spent a lot of time cleaning this guy inside and out; including giving it a retrobright treatment. Here are a slew of pictures! https://imgur.com/a/KooZS
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Re: Optiplex GX1 tower

Postby retrogamerguy1997 » 2017-12-04 @ 03:02

Ah, I had a Dell Optiplex GX1 tower when I was a kid back in 2009. Mine had a P3 though, but it was clocked at 433Mhz. I got rid of it years ago though.
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Re: Optiplex GX1 tower

Postby oeuvre » 2017-12-05 @ 13:47

Aww man you should've kept it! Hopefully today the floppy cable arrives so I can add my 5.25" floppy drive to it.
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Re: Optiplex GX1 tower

Postby Scraphoarder » 2017-12-05 @ 18:32

Nice GX1. I wish i had a tower, but for now i have a slim desktop and it will probably be enough. Nice to know about the GX1 and its slowdown option:
https://www.vogons.org/viewtopic.php?f=46&t=39703
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Re: Optiplex GX1 tower

Postby oeuvre » 2017-12-05 @ 20:22

Hah, sweet never knew about the slowdown in DOS! I gotta try that soon. Thanks.

The floppy drive cable came today so now I am able to use my 5.25" drive in the machine!
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Re: Optiplex GX1 tower

Postby KCompRoom2000 » 2017-12-06 @ 00:40

That's a nice looking system, those beige Dell desktops are one of my favorite computers of all time. I've always wanted one but it'd just take up too much space for something that wouldn't be used often since my collection already has a lot of machines to the point where I'm running out of room for more stuff. :lol:

Yours has some really cool specs especially with all those upgrades maxing it out. For some reason, I find maxed out OEM hardware pretty interesting.
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Re: Optiplex GX1 tower

Postby oeuvre » 2017-12-06 @ 02:33

Thanks! Unfortunately I wasn't able to get the G550 to play nicely for some reason so I've ordered a cheap NVIDIA NVS280 and hopefully that will play nicely.
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Re: Optiplex GX1 tower

Postby RobertJ » 2018-2-02 @ 15:37

Nice! You are quickly becoming the GX forum expert! :)
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Re: Optiplex GX1 tower

Postby oeuvre » 2018-2-02 @ 20:14

Hah thanks! They're reliable, sturdy and flexible machines. Only downside really is lack of AGP port but I guess that onboard ATI is AGP
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Re: Optiplex GX1 tower

Postby RobertJ » 2018-2-02 @ 20:23

oeuvre wrote:Hah thanks! They're reliable, sturdy and flexible machines. Only downside really is lack of AGP port but I guess that onboard ATI is AGP


The onboard video on mine is more than enough to run any game I've wanted to so far including up to Wing Commander IV, so I'm pretty happy with it. The PCI bus can handle some decent video cards too.
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