Dell Optiplex 790

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Dell Optiplex 790
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Dell Optiplex 790
Dell Optiplex 790
Product familyOptiplex
TypeDesktop computer
Release dateEarly 2011
Introductory price$796
Operating systemWindows Server 2022 Standard 64-bit, English
CPUIntel Core i3-2100 @ 3.1 GHz
Memory8 GB (DDR3 1333 MHz)
Storage512 GB ADATA SU760
GraphicsIntel HD Graphics
Connectivity10 USB 2.0, 1 Serial port, 1 VGA port, 1 DisplayPort, 2 PS/2 ports, 4 Audio jacks

The Dell Optiplex 790 is a business-oriented desktop computer from the early 2010s. There were multiple form factors and configurations for this model. Like with most Dell Optiplex systems, there's a mid-tower, desktop, small form factor, and ultra-small form factor option. Internally, a 2nd gen Intel Core i3, i5, or i7 could be chosen. The default graphics card is the integrated Intel HD Graphics, but could be upgraded to various different AMD Radeon HD 6350 or 6450 configurations. Windows 7 Home Premium, Professional, or Ultimate could be installed by default and the system supports up to 16 GB of DDR3 memory.

Collection Specifics

I bought this Optiplex 790 for $60 on eBay on November 2, 2021. I originally bought it to use as a dedicated Minecraft server for a short time. Since then though, I started experimenting with Windows Server things like Active Directory and Windows Server Update Services (especially useful for easily updating computers running Windows 2000, XP, and Vista!). Additionally, this computer hosts this very website and wiki!

Operating System

Originally, this computer would've shipped with Windows 7 Professional. However, due to my intent for this computer from the beginning to be a server, I installed Ubuntu Server at first. At the time, though, I was unable to use Ethernet, so I had a USB Wi-Fi adapter that only had unofficial Linux drivers that appeared to be pretty unreliable sometimes. Eventually, I got fed up with the Wi-Fi issues and wanted to play around with Windows Server, so that's how that came to be. Now, I do have an Ethernet connection for the server and most of my desktop computers.


The only upgrade I've done to this computer since I bought it was replace the hard drive it came with, with a solid state drive.