May be you can help me with this problem. I have the same system you have except the CPU, I have the Q6700 not the extreme edition. I was wondering how do you go into bios option and over clock the CPU. I don't get that option when I hit F2 at startup. I have downloaded the nVidia nTune and that does not help too much, the stock speed for Q6700 is 2.6GHz and the most I can do is only 2.8GHz. I have 4.0GB RAM and nvidia GTX 280 OC edition. I have the latest 1.4.1 BIOS as well. Any help would be greatly welcomed.
Only the extreme versions of the processors (QXxxxx) will have an open multiplier in the bios. You cannot overclock the Q6700 because it is not an extreme edition. This is the way the bios is programed and has been from the start. It is a shame that no overclocking options were allowed in the line but My feeling all along was Dell rushed these out hoping to capture the enthusiasts market with out doing their homework. Gee who would have thought a cutting edge rig would have no open bios to allow the enthusiasts to overclock.
Thankx for your promot reply, I believe you helped me earlier too with the processor upgrade and the graphic card as well, I wanted to mention one thing I was having problems with the GTX 280 it would turn off by itself, well the problem was only the six to eight pin converter it had a broken wire. BFG replaced for free and it works like a charm no problem at all. I am now running windows 7 64-bit ultimate, Q6700 4GB RAM and GTX 280. I am thinking to upgrade my RAM to 8.0GB what would be the best RAM for my computer in your opinion with which I can get the best speed. I still have the original XPS 700 Mother Board. Thank you so much for your prompt reply and your help in previous questions.
Ditto on the extremes. I've found I dont need to overclock and had more issues anyways. Just wanted to share I upgraded my 7950 GX2 to a 9800GTX...WOW WHAT AN IMPROVEMENT! Even though the card is 512MB versus the old 1GB, the GPU and everything else is much more modern. I run COD MW2 with all settings maxed out (was unable to do so with the 7950GX2) with vertical sync and I maintain a steady 60fps and its absolutely breathtaking. So for about 400$ in upgrades (cpu and graphics card on original FOXCONN LS-36 mobo), my machine runs with the best again. Now I just have to get some raptor hard drives at some point!
hey i bought a used dell xps 700 2.4 core duo 250gb hd with the nvidia geforce 7900 gtx 2gb ram 750w psu (out of warranty) with a dead motherboard for $100 and was looking for a replacement and gave up after 2 days lol. i did some googling and found out about the free xps 700 to 720 so i went to ask dell online chat/tech support how much it was and they said it would be a lil over $400 and not in stock but if i got extended warranty for $223 w/tax it would be covered to upgrade my dead mobo to xps 720 (apparently it's only in stock if you have warranty) with parts/labor included so i did that today and they ordered one for me through a local dealer actually so i should get it tomorrow. long story short i will have an xps 720 for only $323 and i can upgrade it to quad core cpu for an addition $200 range, but not through dell... unless they want to give me one hell of a deal 🙂
sorry it's late and my writing skills are horrid right now, just wanted to share that bit of info so i created this account to help you out 😮 chao
Hi I am thinking to buy a XPS 730x or 730, but before I buy that I have few questions:
1. Is the 730 and 730x both ATX Design?
2. Will I be able to upgrade the Motherboard (Intel Based) to any brand I like, Power Supply of my choice?
My apologies, but I've been reading through this thread and I think I'm getting myself more and more confused. I have a XPS 700 and I want to upgrade the CPU. I'm trying to find the best CPU I can just drop in. The system has been and is still working great, so I can't justify building / buying another system. I was looking at buying a Core 2 Quad Q9400, but from what I'm reading I don't think that will work. The PC is used mostly for gaming. I mostly play CODMW2 but have been playing the beta for Bad Company 2. Based on this experience I think it's time for an upgraded CPU. (if possible) Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated. Below are some current specs of my PC.
Intel Pentium D 930 (Presler) 3 GHz
Socket 775 LGA
Motherboard - Dell model #0YF432, Chipset - nForce4 SLI Intel Edition, Southbridge - nForce 590 SLI
Bios version 1.4.1
4 gig DDR2
Video - (2) Nvidia 9800 GTX+ 512 MB
I have placed a Q6700 quad in my 700, works great. I have 8gb of ram, an a gxt285 2gb of ram. Computer works great in win 7 32bit which I could get sound to work in win 7 64bit so I can use all of my ram.
Thanks for the reply! Looking at the specs of the Q6700 quad. Does that mean I limited to 65 nm technology and a FSB of 1066 MHz? Also, would I get much of a performance increase vs. what I currently have? I would hate to spend the money for very little performance increase. Sorry if these questions are stupid, but I find all the specs related to processors very confusing.
Yes you are only limited to the 65 nm chips and most of the chips that will work are out of production. So about your only bet will be finding one on ebay. Ypu are pretty much limited to a qx6850 as the highest processor that would work and could possibly be found however these are still on the pricey side. I would go with the suggestion of a Q6700 if you can find one.