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XPS 8300, upgrades, GPU/RAM/SSD 2016

In this thread I will show my current Dell XPS 8300 system and which upgrades I performed October 2016 to make it future proof for at least a couple of years. This thread has as purpose to provide compatibility information for other XPS 8300 users.


XPS 8300 D02X8319 0Y2MRG

CPU: Intel Core i7-2600 Processor (3.40GHz, 8MB)

RAM: 12288MB (2x4096 + 2x2048) 1333MHz DDR3 Dual Channel (Hynix)

HDD: 2TB Dual Hard Drive Raid 1 "Mirror" (2x1TB - 7200RPM)

GPU: 1.25GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti (OEM)

SOUND: SoundBlaster X-Fi Xtreme Audio Card

OS: Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64 BIT)

UserBenchmark - http://www.userbenchmark.com/UserRun/1895188

Game 31%, Desk 50%, Work 36%

CPU:                     68.8% (+)

GPU:                     29.1% (-)

HDD:                    48.1% (~)

RAM:                    49.9% (~)



RAM: 32768MB (4x8192) 1600MHz DDR3 C9 Dual/Quad Channel (CMY32GX3M4A1600C9)

HDD: Samsung 850 Pro Series MZ-7KE256BW 256 GB 2.5'' - SATA-600

GPU: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1060 WINDFORCE OC 6G

OS: Windows 10 Pro (64 BIT)



The purpose of this upgrade is doing a sensible upgrade to make the system more future proof for at least another couple of years and increasing performance for both gaming and intensive memory tasks. This specific GPU has been chosen for its size. It will fit in the XPS 8300 case without issues and power requirements because the stock power supply can be used for this card. The SSD will be used as boot drive (SATA0) and the stock hard disk(s) as storage (SATA1).


UserBenchmark - http://www.userbenchmark.com/UserRun/1951601


Game 86%, Desk 69%, Work 53%

CPU: 68.7% (+)

GPU: 92.9% (++)

SSD: 99.5% (++)

HDD: 63.4% (+)

RAM: 48.6% (~)



Installation went without any issues. The 16GB RAM above Dells rated limit and GPU where recognized correctly on initial replacement. The previous system bottlenecks have been taken out as shown by the UserBenchmark results. On initial setup the system seems to remain stable.

Please note the UserBenchmark results in this thread are for reference purposes only and do not necessarily reflect actual system performance.

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RE: XPS 8300, upgrades, GPU/RAM/SSD 2016

Solid upgrades. nice work.

You can thank the nVidia Pascal team for delivering soooo much graphics card that uses soooo little power.

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RE: XPS 8300, upgrades, GPU/RAM/SSD 2016

Hi,  I am at the cross roads trying to decide if I should upgrade or buy new. The components you mentioned comes out to close to $500.  Is there a reason why you decided to go to the DIY route as oppose to buying a whole new system for just a little more?

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