Just bought a Studio XPS and fear the PCIe slot maybe to near the base of the system and various I/O connectors at the bottom of the motherboard. I was just wondering if anyone had managed to fit a gtx260/gtx280/ati 4870 etc in their Studio XPS? There is another PCIe x1 slot under the graphics card (PCIe x16) and an opening on the case but i am still worried.
Im looking at the system board and there appears to be plenty of room. What graphic card did you order the system with.
ATI 3650, single slot graphics card. Are you def looking at the Studio XPS motherboard and not the just the Studio. This is basically what mine looks like, though i seem to have an extra PICe x1 under my g card: http://www.desktopreview.com/shared/picture.asp?f=1452
You have another slot below the card that is empty, Therefore the card would fit. A dual slot card does not have two slot connectors. it is just that the physical thickness of the card will occupy the space of two slots.
Which card(s) are you looking at?
A GTX260 or maybe a GTX280, I relise you don't need 2 PCIe slots but what do you think about all those cables runnig there?
Yes because you have the slot not shown on th picture the cables will be further away from the card. However now I have a couple of concerns about your powersupply the system ships with a 350w supply. The GTX 260 will require 2 6 pin connectors to power the card. The GTX280 will require one 6 pin and one 8 pin power connector. Unless you upgrade the powersupply you will not be able to run the GTX 280 and I am still a bit concerned about the GTX260 also. I can't seem to find the powersupply pinout on the manuals page so i cannot say for sure that you would have the 2 PCIe power connectors. Pretty sure you would have one just not 2
Thats the trouble, although mines got a PCIe x1 under it I think all the positons are the same, i.e. those cable there are exactly the same distance away from that single slot gfx card as mine! As for the power supply (actually says 360W on it) yes I'd already decided to upgrade that to a 650/750W. When I get a moment I'll take a picture of my own machine, to give you a better view of my set up.
There has to be cleance if one was to add a full size PCIe X1 card. Those are SATA connectors and the cable can be rerouted as needed.
Aren't PCIe x 1 cards a lot smaller though, sorry it’s just I'm a little apprehensive about taking the plunge of about £300-£400, only to find it doesn’t get in there. I feel a lot more reassured now mind, so thanks.
No, it will not accept dual slot cards. The bottom PCIe slot is rendered useless because of the front panel connectors at the bottom of the motherboard, (there are 5) the first one being just a quarter inch from the bottom PCIe slot On mine, I have 4 of them each color coded hooked up to the front panel. The cables running from the front panel are to short to get around the width of a dual slot card, hence you are stuck with getting a video card with a lower profile fan. Do not get a card with a large zalman-like cooling solution (circular copper heatsink fan combo). The top of the cooler will be right next to the bottom of the chassis (very little clearence between fan and case bottom). The heat being blown off of the card has nowhere to go but into the metal case bottom, which just reflects the heat back onto the card causing the card to overheat. The motherboard and case are of very poor design. If you install a second hard drive it will literally be milimeters next to a large card creating another potential overheating issue. I don't recommend the studio xps for gamers. The power supply will be difficult to replace. It is shallower than the traditional dell power supply in order to fit in the small case and have sufficent clearance between the motherboard (less than 1/2 in). A higher rated dell dimension PS is too large to fit without touching the motherboard. Will require an aftermarket company to create a higher rated on with the same exact dimensions, because that's the only way it will fit in the case. The studio xps is just a cheap way to get a Core I7, but that is all you really get. The mother board is tiny with everything crammed right next to each other, Extremely poor design and no real expandability