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[Guide] Install High Sierra or Mojave on the Dell Optiplex 7010 / 9010 Desktop PC - Revision II

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Graphics Card for your Dell Optiplex 7010 Mini Tower

Sapphire Pulse RX 570 4GB

This card from Newegg.com is the best bang for your buck. Much better than the RX560 which is now hard to get and over priced. This will not block your Sata Ports or the USB 3 header on your motherboard. Price is low too. Make sure you upgrade your Dell PSU to one that is 450W or better. Modular is best. These are 70 dollars less than the MSI RX 560 4GB cards that are for sale new on Newegg. This will have macOS native support much longer than the Nvidia Kepler cards.

https://www.newegg.com/sapphire-radeon-rx-570-100412p4gitxl/p/N82E16814202311?

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$129.99 at Newegg

Look at the price of a used MSI RX560 4GB on Amazon right now:

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You can also simply buy a USFF replacement mobo and install it yourself.
I have a replacement mobo and before I install it wanted to check— will this mean my UEFI nvram is lost or is there a way to save and install the same nvram settings so my install still boots? Or is enough changed that I might be facing a reinstall?
 

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will this mean my UEFI nvram is lost or is there a way to save and install the same nvram settings so my install still boots? Or is enough changed that I might be facing a reinstall?
You'll want to be on the same BIOS version as you were on before. Flash it to that if need be. Load Optimized defaults. Then make the same changes in the BIOS settings as you did previously. Your hard drive should still work with the previous macOS install on it. Don't worry about NVRAM. Don't think you'll need a reinstall.
 
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When booting, after the Dell logo disappears, There is a delay of about 15 seconds before I see the OS selection. Any idea what might cause that delay? Than you.
 
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Strange Firefox (browser) Behavior (69.x/70.x):

When loading Firefox up all seems well until I try to copy then paste to another program. It does not copy nor paste at all until I quit Firefox (which hangs the browser (spinning beach ball) and creates a Mozilla crash report) and then reboot the browser. Then all is well.

I even uninstalled Firefox (via AppCleaner) shutdown and then reinstalled a fresh copy of Firefox. Shutdown, rebooted and the exact same issue. Thought for sure this would correct a potential corrupt previous install but to no avail.

In the end it is just a nuisance issue but if anyone has any insight it would be appreciated (I have not heard back from Mozilla). As an aside... Safari does not have this issue.
 
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Updated to Catalina 15.1 (Build 19B88) today on my BluEye G5/Dell 7010 mod, and did a Geekbench4 test. Catalina has consistently scored over 13000 (Geekbench4), compared to Mojave which was around the 12464 mark. I currently only have 8GB ram installed, I suspect that maxing out the ram will bring the score upto the 14000 mark, which is base 2018 Mac mini territory.
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Updated to Catalina 15.1 (Build 19B88) today on my BluEye G5/Dell 7010 mod, and did a Geekbench4 test. Catalina has consistently scored over 13000 (Geekbench4), compared to Mojave which was around the 12464 mark. I currently only have 8GB ram installed, I suspect that maxing out the ram will bring the score upto the 14000 mark, which is base 2018 Mac mini territory.
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I am still running Mojave on my 7010 and I have been waiting to see how other people have dealt with the Catalina upgrade. Did you run into any issues during the upgrade?
 
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I am still running Mojave on my 7010 and I have been waiting to see how other people have dealt with the Catalina upgrade. Did you run into any issues during the upgrade?
I haven't myself, but I have read on other threads that people have. trs96 recommends waiting until 15.2 or 15.3 before upgrading just incase, but personally I haven't come across anything that causes me to be concerned. Just a couple of restarts and making sure you select the right disk in Clover Boot Manager should see you right.
 
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