Raymond. If you have the original Dell 700 XPS like I have you will have no problem upgrading to Q6700. I upgraded almost two months ago and its running really good.
Hi. I just had a quick question. When you guys replaced the processor with the Q6600, did you use the fan/heatsink that came with the processor, or just the stock XPS 700 heatsink/fan?
The Q6600 will work just fine on the stock heat sink. My Q6600 runs between 40 -45 from idle to gaming. and its on the stock heat sink
I see that you have the xps 720. I still have the stock mobo on the xps 700. Does that make a difference? Also, this is the first time upgrading a processor so I'm not exactly sure when and where I add the thermal compound...? I read a few tutorials online but I wasn't sure if you do anything different when using the stock heatsink on the xps 700?
I went through the 700/720 upgrade so my heat sink is the same one as I had on the 700 board. There actually is no differnence between the 700/710/720 stock heat sink.
HERE is some info on applying thermal paste. The key is to make sure you clean the old stuff off the bottom of the heat sink
Just wanted to add another voice on this, also had a stock 700 and just upgraded to the quad Q6700 from the 1.86Ghz dual and continued with the stock XPS heatsink (considering the way the case is designed I'd stick with the stock XPS heatsink, its a heck of a lot more expensive than the Intel one that comes with the chip and the XPS one is made with the case airflow in mind).
It runs great - makes me so happy, its like a new machine...time to go get some memory for these 4 hungry processors. 😉
I just wanted to mention that I used thermal paste instructions for the quad from the arctic silver site (although I used a different brand of thermal paste since I was too impatient to get some arctic silver mail order) over here: http://www.arcticsilver.com/ins_route_step2intelas5.html
The only real nerve wracking thing for me was putting the new chip in - i.e. hoping its centered so that no pins were/would bent and then putting the pressure back on with the socket release lever - those pins are really small and it felt really good after it booted back up. Good luck everybody.
I'd like to add my experience as well.
I have a stock XPS 700, running a Xeon 3220, on 2GB of PC5400 RAM, on the 1.4.1 BIOS.
I made the leap to the Xeon because it's basically a Q6600 with 'papers' and it was a good price on Ebay. 😉
Here is my performance screen shot with Windows 7 64 bit.
I bought 4GB of PC6400 to throw into it, based on the 'Crucial Scanner' program telling me PC6400 would work, but the box wouldn't even post. Tossed the old RAM in, BAM, works like a charm again. I'll just get another pair of PC5400 1GB sticks to fill it up and see what that does to the memory score!
I found this thread to be a great deal of help. I upgraded to a new X6800 that i got off Ebay and applied BIOS update. PC runs like its brand new. I missed out on the MOBO upgrade unfortunately but this procssor eased the pain. I did the BIOS overclock and my system had more issues than not with it so I run it stock at 2.93 GHZ. This is more than enough. I play COD MW2 and now my bottleneck is the graphics card. I run at 1024x768 and normal texture resolution 4x ant aliasing and vert sync. I average around 70 fps. Eventually I'll upgrade the card but the processor improved in game performance and alt tab functionality and significantly increased the overall machine's speed when using regular programs. I highly recommend upgrading to unlock this old machine's potential. I see some on here run the GTX 260 and 280 and I plan on swapping to one of those at some point. I currently run the 7950 GX2 and 4gb of standard RAM. I hope this helps those other curious folks who want to upgrade their CPU. I initially had a problem loading the 1.4.1 BIOS and it would hang on attempting to update BIOS. I did the jumper reset on the board, re-tried and it loaded in about 5 seconds with no issues.
If anyone wants the ebay info on who I bought it from please pm me. I dont want to appear as I am endorsing someone on a board. The guy I bought it from had about 80 brand new ones in stock. No idea how he got them but it was a VERY good price and I can attest to the legitimacy of the ebay add. GL all.