Hey! I have the XPS8700 as well, also looking to upgrade to the GTX980 FTW, while doing this i will also upgrade the PSU, which i plan on using a EVGA 750 b1 (EVGA specialist said this would be more than enough overhead power for the GTX 980 FTW). Im wondering a few things, Will the new PSU fit (size is 3.14"x5.90"x6.49" H/W/L), did you have to upgrade the bios options? and how do you like the card? thank you!!
This thread probably should have been called CPU upgrade...
Here is a long discussion of the Graphics upgrades.
I wouldn't recommend EVGA "B1" version. EVGA doesn't make power supplies they are manufactured by different companies for EVGA and EVGA markets and sells them. The difference is in the part numbers. B1, B2, G1, GS and G2.
The B2 and G2 are made by SuperFlower and are 80 plus Bronze and 80 plus Gold version.
GS is made by Seasonic and is 80 plus Gold.
From the reviews I would recommend a G2 or a GS over all the other EVGA models.
The Gold versions are more efficient, run cooler, run quieter and tend to have higher quality electronics that do better at higher heat.
kinda reviving a bit, but how did you install the cpu cooler?
did you use the stock backplate or did you find a way to remove the CPU backplate from the motherboard?
So all I do is replace my exhaust fan with this one?
At the current time, am not wanting to upgrade my CPU fan. Just the exhaust, then use that fan for an intake at the front bottom or on the side, where the vent holes are, to blow cool air directly towards my motherboard (if this is a good idea). If not, will use it at the front bottom air intake.
My thought process says the more cooler air forced towards the MB, the better. Had to do the same with a Crucial 256GB mSATA SSD, ran hot (50-70C) in the native MB slot under the GPU, which was cool, then placed in a SYBA 2.5" converter & placed it near the optical drive & still ran hot. So I had a Rosewill 3.5" to 2.5" bay adapter, which has a small fan that runs from Molex power (had to get a SATA to Molex adapter), once plugged in, now it runs at the same temps as the rest of my drives (32-34C), being that air is continually being forced directly onto it from less than two inches away.
So I figure to some degree, this will also work with the MB area around the CPU & GPU. Chances are, as long as it'll work, will purchase a Z97 MB, so that I'll have a x4 slot for a PCIe SSD. Am not concerned about the OEM license, have my own media & COA's (full version). It's OK to install the Windows 8.1 Pro upgrade, as long as a Vista license is used for the base.
if youre going to buy a new mobo, i would just buy a new case.
i transplanted the oem mobo into a new case that came with a fan controller and hooked up 3 fans to it and its alot better already
May as well build a new PC if am going through all of that trouble. Decent Z97 MB's costs almost as much as the i7-4770 does, especially one that's feature filled. While there may be lower cost solutions, one's likely going to give up features.
The main reason why I'd want a Z97 MB is to install a PCIe SSD, with reads of 2,000MB/sec & writes of 1,400MB/sec, which is 3x better than most SATA-3 SSD's, and would be the only reason to recycle my i7-4770 CPU.
And to think that Costco had it all in a XPS 8900, including Windows 7 Pro & an unlocked CPU in the i7-6700K, with 16GB of DDR4 RAM for $999.99 plus tax & shipping. Sold out in 2 days, before I could decide what to do. It's likely a great platform to build on, all that would be needed (for me) is the PCIe SSD. That 16GB of DDR4 RAM is likely faster than my 32GB of DDR3 (Moore's Law), and is probably a great PC for the cash. One couldn't possibly build it for that.
I'll probably stick with my original plan, a self build, and other than the 500GB Samsung 850 Pro SSD I'm going to install shortly after Black Friday sales (this SSD will be at or below $200 with a promo code), that will be the final upgrade for my XPS 8700. Can remove the two smaller SSD's & place them elsewhere, and have a 256GB Crucial M550 SSD that I hope can be used in a RAID mode with the same type in here, only it's an mSATA, same model & capacity, to install Windows 7 & Linux Mint 17 on.
Whether it's doable or not, I'll find out.
Stashing away $50-75 monthly for a self build will get me where I want in about a couple of years, want at least a 6 core Intel CPU, preferably an 8 core, as I understand that's the only way to reach a 7.9 on the Windows 7 WEI for CPU (legit). That may be wrong, yet it's what I've read from several sources.
Seems that Dell would offer these type of options for these PC's, there's more customers than those running servers who would want a 6 or 8 core CPU over a quad, which has reached it's peak. These will never run at 5GHz w/out overclocking.
if you haven't bought a new one yet, then yes I would just build your own. However I think the rest of us (in this thread) have already bought the dell and wanted to upgrade instead of selling and rebuilding