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I wanted a desktop to replace an aging dell dimension e520. It is not going to be used for a gaming machine. It will be used for audio recording in an audio production workspace.

I picked up the base model XPS 8910 Cyber Monday. it has the I5-6400 CPU.

Installed:

-32GB Crucial RAM 

-512GB Samsung 950 PRO with a PCIE Express card

-Samsung 500GB M.2 Sata III -  placed on the built in M2 slot on the Mobo

-Asus Geforce GT 1060 6GB Turbo Edition VR Ready Dual HDMI 2.0 DP 1.4 Auto-Extreme Graphics Card

EVGA Supernova 850Watt P2 level 80+ Platinum PSU

 

I removed the HDD caddies that were in the chassis as I did not need them. the 1 TB of SSDs I am putting in are sufficient for me for what this desktop will be used for.

When I got the machine, I immediately removed the parts I was replacing. installed the SSD and booted with a thumb drive with the microsoft windows tool to load a fresh copy of windows onto the 950.

All that went with no issues. After the load of windows I proceeded to install the drivers and updates as needed.

The machine has been up and running 24/7 since last wednesday. no issues and the boot up and operation has been excellent. No overheating issues, no BSODs, no freezes, or any other nonsense.


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Its a tiny little cuss, the screw thats needed to secure there m2 ssd on the motherboard. I think it was a conventional philips screw ...

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    MARCTRONIXX   

Appreciate you posting the excellent details of your XPS 8910 upgrade.

The information is very impressive and will certainly help other XPS 8910 owners.

Bev.

 


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Hi,

I have bought XPS 8910 recently and since I am not an expert just use computer for work, can I use 2 monitors on this machine? I am planning to order 2 Dell Ultra Sharp 24 Monitors U2414 H.

thanks

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Yes you can use 3 if you have the right gpu card.

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Hi i would guess if the EVGA Supernova 850Watt P2 level 80+ Platinum PSU you installed is working great i would think this one would work about the same what do you think ? its pretty much the same as yours only its 650 watts. EVGA SuperNOVA 650 P2 Power Supply

www.evga.com/.../product.aspx

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I agree with you. I dont se why it would not work.

If you are concerned about fitting the PSU in the cage, just look at the measurements of the one I have in the photos and match those up the the psu in question.

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Hi what PCIE card did you get to use the 512GB Samsung 950 PRO in can you please post a link thanks

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@evilDead,

I used this card:

www.amazon.com/.../ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage

Lycom DT-120 M.2 PCIe to PCIe 3.0 x4 Adapter (Support M.2 PCIe 2280, 2260, 2242)

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B keyed units are SATA not PCI-E.
This card works with either.  The 850 unit is B keyed and the 950 unit is M keyed
https://www.amazon.com/Sedna-Express-Adapter-profile-bracket/dp/B00XU7N0JS/

 



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Hi, just curious - is the Samsung 500GB M.2 Sata III that you put in the M.2 slot an 850 Evo? Is it a B/M keyed drive, or just a B key? I was under the impression that the XPS 8910 mobo uses the Z170 chipset, so the M.2 port should be capable of PCIE 4x - in which case why not put the 950 Pro straight into the M.2 slot?

Thanks!

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www.amazon.com/.../ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage

That's the one i put in there.

I didnt want to use any spinning hard drives nor did i want to use any of the conventional larger sata SSDs. Since this m.2 slot was there i chose to use the x4 card slot AND the m.2 slot.

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If you look closely at the unversal card I linked the B keyed is SATA not PCI-E.

M keyed only is PCI-E


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I also have a 8910 XPS and I want to add SSD.

Did you just connect it to the motherboard ? Do I need any special screwdriver to connect it? Some guy posted that a special screwdriver is needed for m2 connector.

Thanks

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Its a tiny little cuss, the screw thats needed to secure there m2 ssd on the motherboard. I think it was a conventional philips screw ...

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marctronixx - how did you connect power to the slimline DVD player with the new power supply?  The connector with the OEM power supply is a 2 wire P4 connector.  Did the EVGA power supply include this connector or did you buy an adaptor?

Thanks

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Koeven,

I did connect the drive to the EVGA. I used this cable from amazon:

www.amazon.com/.../ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage

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You obviously know your stuff.  I want to install a samsung pro ssd as boot drive and for programs and the dell hdd for storing data I seldom use. I know I need a sata data cable. Why use the m2 slot? Can't I just use a 2.5 to 3.5 bracket and install it in any hdd bay? How is the m2 slot different?

Thanks!

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A M.2 SSD has a much higher Read/Write speed than a standard SSD drive connected with SATA like a traditional storage drive.

A standard SATA SSD like a Samsung 850 Pro has around 500 MB Read/Write speed.

A M.2 SSD like a Samsung 960 EVO has around 3200MB/1800 MB Read/Write speed.

A big difference obviously.

I installed a 500 GB M.2 Samsung 960 EVO SSD and made it the boot drive for Windows 10. I kept the 1TB Seagate HDD drive and use it as a storage drive for general files.

The computer boots and runs programs extremely fast. I love it!

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Great post above here and agree.

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Where did u get the tiny little cuss screw? Do u know exact size?

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Lol you mean for the M.2 ssd? I think I stole one from some other computer. Its not standard that you see on HDDs which had me baffled. OOH I think i used one off the PCIE card the 950 is on....

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If you look in Dell Support for the 8910 service manual it will show you the M.2 SSD screw size. It is a M2 X 2.5 screw.

Initially, I didn't know where to find the screw when I needed to install my new Samsung 960 EVO M.2 SSD. I just found a local computer repair business in my area and asked if they had a M.2 screw available. They just happened to have some extra screws laying around that they gave me.

I also read a forum post that someone found the correct size screw at Home Depot.

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Amazon has then and yes many computer shops will have them.

At the time when I was doing this install i didnt want to wait to get one ordered offline or call around so I just took one from the PCIE card install. It came with the screws.   🙂

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