I am in no way shape or form a heavy computer guy. I just play video games on PC not make them. 🙂 But I was planning on upgrading my XPS 8300 I got back in 2011 with a new GPU and PSU. Now the problem being, I don't know all this stuff about 'fans' and 'cooling'. And I don't know how much space the 8300 has for a card. I was looking for a GPU to buy and I came across the R9 280x on sale, and apparently the card is just over 12 inches long. Now I have a feeling that won't fit in the stock 8300 case. If someone could tell me what length the 8300 can fit, or if I could mod the case to fit a bigger card that would be swell. 🙂
I just put in a 290X, 11" long. It fit, but it's tight. You could probably put in a 12" card, but I recommend you take off the cover and measure.
Hey there, did you actually buy the R9 280 and tried it in your 8300?
I was looking to do the same thing, but was a bit worried about the compatibility issues people seem to have with the mixing of these two.
Let us know if that worked for you!
I put in the 290X and once I flipped the dip switch on the card, it worked. It's a MSI card, so other brands of cards may not have the switch. It took a long time to find a solution (flipping the switch). I was almost ready to order a new motherboard.
There are definitely problems getting the newer cards working with the XPS 8300. Since I managed to get the 290X working in my XPS 8300, I assume it's possible to get the 280 working as well.
Well, I actually didn't go for a 280x because I have a small budget of 200-220 and the 280x went off sale for 199.99. 😞 I settled for a smaller card of 9.5 inches, the GTX 760 for 182.45 on Amazon during the cyber monday sales. But I think if you didn't care about noise or how your case looked you could physically take out some space for the longer cards.
The best gpu upgrade for a Dell XPS 8300 is the Nvidia gtx 760. It is the latest card that I can confirm to be working on this platform. (I tried many others, however the new R9 series and gtx 970 or 980 cards have issues with the motherboard).