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Dell Donor Build i5-2400, 4GB 2G, 1333 RAM

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Dell Optiplex 990
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Intel i5-2400
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GT 710
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MacBook Pro
Hi all, please could someone help me spec a motherboard for my build. I've got a Dell Optiplex 990 with HD2000 on board graphics. I've tried to get Sierra with no joy :( Could someone suggest a motherboard with on board graphics that I could get running with? I'm just a bit confused with all the hardware out there! :banghead:

i5-2400
4GB 2G, 1333, RAM

:mrgreen:Thanks for any help!:mrgreen:
 

Adrian B

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The Intel Core i chips actually have the on-board graphics built into the CPU, rather than with the older GMA variants where they were the motherboard. Will your Dell Optiplex 990 be able to use a GT 710 GPU? You will find 8GB RAM would be a better base in 2017
 

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Another option is to get an I3 or I5 with HD3000 graphics on chip. Here's one that is low cost and will work.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Intel-R-Core-TM-i3-2125-CPU-3-30GHz-SR0AY-/182491989409?hash=item2a7d5ec5a1:g:8qYAAOSwYXVYyujO
Swap out the 2400 for this and you should be able to install macOS for legacy booting on the Dell PC.
Then you can get by without a GPU. HD3000 is just for basic usage, no gaming or graphics intensive work.
+1 for more ram. 4GB is the bare minimum for Sierra. 8GB gives you a better experience when using integrated graphics.
 
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I can easily get hold of another 4GB of ram. So If I get a GT 710 the install should go ok?

Thanks for the reply(s)!
 

Adrian B

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Motherboard
Dell Optiplex 990
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Intel i5-2400
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GT 710
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I found a cheap GT710 off Facebook selling. Popped it in and everything installed perfectly. Just need to get sound and wifi working! Thanks for your help!
 
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