PsylentStorm
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Stock XPS 700: E6600 processor upgrade

First time to Dell forums after owning an XPS700 for multiple years... I wish I came here sooner. emoticon.TongueTied.title

I've got a stock XPS700. I missed the chance to upgrade because, well, I wasn't aware of it. I'm starting to fall behind in the gaming department, and I'm looking to upgrade my CPU and GPU.

I've got a e6600 @ 2.4GHz, and I'm eyeing either a GTX 260  or a GTX 270. I'm afraid my e6600 will bottleneck a bit, so I'm looking for an upgrade to hold for the next 1 or 2 years.From what I've read, the Q6600 and E8400 are options... but not quite sure which would be more helpful.

Can anyone give me any recommendations? Thanks!

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Re: Stock XPS 700: E6600 processor upgrade

PsylentStorm,

WM543 Conroe XE Kit, X6800, 2.93Ghz, 4MB, 1066FSB, B2

The GTX 280 would be a good upgrade.

 

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Re: Stock XPS 700: E6600 processor upgrade

Hi I have a question I have an XPS 700 with Q6700, 4Gig Ram and a 280GTX I am thinking to put another card in SLI will it work I have no idea about that any help would be greatly appriciated. I have the stock XPS 7000 Motherboard. Thankyou

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Re: Stock XPS 700: E6600 processor upgrade

if you do not have the 1kw supply you will not be able to run a second 280 card. The 750w is the standard unless your system came with a sli setup.

And if you do have the 750w supply the only supply that will work is a Dell supply and your choices of purchase are either Ebay or Dell spare parts.

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Re: Stock XPS 700: E6600 processor upgrade

Thank you for your reply. I have a 1000 Watts power supply its printed on the right side of the power supply, and my system did come with the SLI motherdoard. It came with a single 7900GS 256MB and later I installed another 7900GS in SLI Mode. The thing is that I opened my CPU yesterday after reading your email and I notices one thing, when I installed the first 280GTX I plugged in the two electric power supply cables one 6pin and the other 8pin as much as I remember. And now there is only one cable left for the other 280GTX. Thats where I am getting confused how in the world ill plug the second card if there is only one cable left. Or maybe I need ti dig more in the CPU case and look for the other cable cable.

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Re: Stock XPS 700: E6600 processor upgrade

other than that I am also confused about the SLI Bridge I can't find a Dual SLI Bridge for 280GTX. Every where I check there is the Tri-SLI Bridge. Have you come across any Dual SLI Bridge by chance?

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Re: Stock XPS 700: E6600 processor upgrade

If you have the 1kw supply there are four connectors the other like you said is more than likely buried up in the top part of the case. I dont think you need a special bridge and any dual bridge should work.

You could try contact the maker of your card to see if they offer one.

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Thankyou dave for your help. I contacted BFG and you were right I can use the SLI Bridge that came with my mother board for Dual SLI. Now here is the issue remember I was teling you that I cannot find the other 6-pin cable so I can connect another 280GTX in SLI. Well here is the problem I have connected one 6-pin which connects directly to the card, then there is a 8-pin on the card for that BFG Provided a cable that takes two 6-pin cables and converts them to a single 8-pin then I connected it to the 280GTX. So basically there are three wires connected to one card thats why I could not find the onther 6-pin cable. Now I went and researched a little BFG makes a cable that takes a single 6-pin cable and converts to an 8-pin I am sending you the link do you think this will work fine. I am thinking to buy two of thes converter cables one for each card. Please let me know and againgI am very thankful for all you honest help.

http://www.bfgstore.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=PCIXPRESPWREXT

Hammad

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Davet50
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Re: Stock XPS 700: E6600 processor upgrade

that cable should do the trick. You should have a total of four 6 pin connectors on the 1k supply. In all actuality the difference between the 6 pin and 8 pin is the 8 pin has two extra grounds.

Also if I remember correctly the 6 and 8 pin cable have a differnce it amps so you should use the higher amp connectors to do the 6 to 8 conversion and connect the two lower amp 6 pin cables to the 6 pin connector.

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Re: Stock XPS 700: E6600 processor upgrade

Thank you for your reply. I am going to start the process now.

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