Yes, this was definitely with the basic old 'stock' 700 motherboard.
I upgraded my GPU from a 7950GX2 to a Geforce 260 a week prior to the processor upgrade, and I saw a reasonable amount of improvement in performance with this, but I was staggered how much better the system ran once I put the Q6700 in - well worth the asking price.
Thanks for replying Jim and this is great news.
I no longer have to consider trying to find a old 720 motherboard / hens tooth. Tom dropped that honkin 3Ghz QX6800 in a 700 as well - wish I would have known that before, I might have tried for that chip...but such is life. I've got Q6700 on the way. My machine, bought it used not long ago, is a 1.9Ghz Core 2 (slowest version), so the performance jump should be "noticable". 😉
Thanks again to you and Tom for putting your experience here.
I can't thank you enough for this advice. I've spent MONTHS trying to hunt down second hand XPS 720 mobos with no luck and refused to pay the $289 for a 720 mobo from Dell (which I was told is part # GR909 from their support) + another $200+ for a CPU.
I sucessfully upgraded my 700 mobo with the 1.4.1 firmware to a Q6600 last night. Worked flawlessly and my 3dmark06 score jumped nearly 4500 points! The 1.86ghz E6300 I had was a huge bottleneck for my upgraded Radeon 4870.
Thank you for being the ONLY person on the internet to have this advice. I wish more people knew about this, the motherboard upgrade would be a non issue!
No problem guys, just glad to be of some help.:emotion-1:
In all fairness though, there was a fair bit of activity around the same subject on the old forum, but that seems to have been lost or at least is very hard to locate now since the move to the new format. Several folks had been successful with the same upgrade, so it pursuaded me to take the plunge myself, so I'm just passing it on really.:emotion-11:
I just got a QX6800 as well and was jsut curious if the current xps 700 fan/heatsink is sufficent enough to keep this chip cooled, or will I need to upgrade it?
I do have a XPS 700 with a QX6800 overclocked to 3.46 (from the Bios obtion) running with the stock XPS heatsink and fans and it is running fine, idle (28 - 30C) and full load (40 - 43 C) . same as for the memory I'm using Corsair XMS2 DHX PC-6400 and it's working great even with the EPP enabled in the Bios and @ 2.2 v. Just make sure to use a good thermal paste. Hope this helps.
XPS700 (ORIGINAL MOBO)
QX6800 @3.46 MHZ O/C FROM BIOS
8G CORSAIR PC-6400 @ 801 MHZ
150GB VELOCI RAPTOR (10K RPM) 1ST DRIVE
500GB WESTER DIGITAL 2ND DRIVE
750GB WESTER DIGITAL 3RD DRIVE
1000GB WESTERD DIGT 4TH DRIVE
NVIDIA GTX 260 VIDEO CARD(FACTORY OVERCLOCKED)
Hi Jim I would really apriciate if you could advise me over this matter. I have a XPS 700 in the original comdition, except I have 4Gigabyte Memory and an nvidia 280GTX Video card. The processor that I have is 1.86Ghz and I am thinking to buy the Intel E7600 3.06 Ghz Processor. Will this work? I would really appriciate any input and help ASAP. Thankyou.
Let me Thank you so much for the prompt reply and taking time for me in helping with this matter. My friend ordered the E7600 via newegg.com. We got the processor in the morning and you were right it does not work at all Now I have no idea how to return the processor since the return policy is very different. Now you mentioned Q6600 will work, I looked for that but could not find any but I found a Q6700 for 200.00$ you think that will work? I would appriciate your help again thank you so much.
I HAVE XPS 700 I DON'T THINK IT MOBD HAS BEEN UPGRADED BOURGHT IT IN THE OUTLET. I WOULD LIKE TO UPGRADE TO A Q6700
8GB OF RAM
GXT285 OC 2GB
DUE CORE 2.13 MHZ
I ALSO HAVE A 700 I LOOKING TO UPGRADE THE CPU ALSO I HAVE 8 GB OF RAM AND ALSO GXT285 OC 2GB, JUST NEED TO REPLACE CPU PLEASE PASS ON ANY INFORMATION ON THIS