Atyetz
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XPS 8700 GPU Upgrade

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Hello, I have a question consisting on upgrading my graphics card in my Dell XPS 8700. Currently My Dell XPS 8700, has a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 745, and I was wondering if it was capable on upgrading to a  GTX 1060-3GB. And if so, do I need to change anything else like, the power supply? I'll list my computer specs below if that helps.

DELL XPS 8700 SPECS

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Model Number

XPS 8700

Product Name

Dell XPS 8700

Product Type

Desktop

Processor & Chipset

Processor Manufacturer

Intel

Processor Type

I7 4th Generation

Processor Model

I7-4790

Processor Speed

3.6 GHz

Maximum Turbo Speed

4.0 GHz

Processor Core

4 cores (Quad Core)

Cache

8 MB

Direct Media Interface

5 GT/s

64-bit Processing

Yes

Hyper-Threading

Yes

vPro Technology

No

Memory

Standard Memory

16 GB

Memory Technology

DDR3 

Memory Standard

DDR3-1600

Storage

Hard Drive Capacity

1 TB

Hard Drive Interface

Serial ATA

Hard Drive RPM

7200

Optical Drive Type

DVD+/-RW

Optical Media Supported

DVD

Graphics

Graphics Controller Manufacturer

NVidia

Graphics Controller Model

GTX 745 4Gb

Graphics Memory Technology

DDR5 SDRAM

Graphics Memory Accessibility

Dedicated

Network & Communication

Wireless LAN

Yes

Ethernet Technology

Fast Ethernet

Interfaces/Ports

Display Port

1

HDMI Port

1

DVI Port

2

Front USB Ports

2

Back USB ports

6

Software

Operating System

Windows 10 PROFESSIONAL

Operating System Architecture

64-bit

Physical Characteristics

Color

Black

Height

16.01"

Width

7.30"

Depth

17.49"

Weight (Approximate)

31 lb

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Dan-H
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RE: XPS 8700 GPU Upgrade

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The 8700 will easily run a GTX 1060 with the stock PSU.

you *MUST* upgrade to BIOS A10 for Win7/8/81 or A11 for Win10 or the card will not work.The BIOS update is needed for all GTX 900 series or higher cards.

Depending on the exact card you buy, may need an adapter for the power cable.the OEM power supply has two six pin connectors. Some of the 1060 cards have a single eight pin connector, and to power this you will need to use a reverse Y adapter to convert two six pin PCIE power connectors into a single 8 pin. Some cards come with this cable, otherwise they are about $5 shipped on eBay.

I suggest completely removing the nVidia drivers and re-installing new drivers from nVidia.

good luck.

ps: My preference has been MSI Gaming cards. I have an MSI GTX 970 in one system and an MSI GTX 770 in another and they work very well.

Dan-H
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RE: XPS 8700 GPU Upgrade

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A11 should be fine. It is not needed for Win 8.1. I would only downgrade if you are having problems.

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beamermt79
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RE: XPS 8700 GPU Upgrade

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The graphics card should physically work but the Power Supply might be an issue.  I think it comes with a 300w or 460w PSU?  If so it will probably need an upgrade.

Atyetz
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RE: XPS 8700 GPU Upgrade

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Yes, the dell xps 8700 has a PSU of 460w. But I also looked up the the recommended power supply for the GTX 1060  and it was 400.

Dan-H
4 Germanium

RE: XPS 8700 GPU Upgrade

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The 8700 will easily run a GTX 1060 with the stock PSU.

you *MUST* upgrade to BIOS A10 for Win7/8/81 or A11 for Win10 or the card will not work.The BIOS update is needed for all GTX 900 series or higher cards.

Depending on the exact card you buy, may need an adapter for the power cable.the OEM power supply has two six pin connectors. Some of the 1060 cards have a single eight pin connector, and to power this you will need to use a reverse Y adapter to convert two six pin PCIE power connectors into a single 8 pin. Some cards come with this cable, otherwise they are about $5 shipped on eBay.

I suggest completely removing the nVidia drivers and re-installing new drivers from nVidia.

good luck.

ps: My preference has been MSI Gaming cards. I have an MSI GTX 970 in one system and an MSI GTX 770 in another and they work very well.

Atyetz
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RE: XPS 8700 GPU Upgrade

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Thanks, this is really helpful information. On a side note, I have windows 8.1, and recently upgraded to BIOS  A11. Should I downgrade to BIOS A10? Or would the BIOS A11 work fine with the Windows8.1?

Dan-H
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RE: XPS 8700 GPU Upgrade

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A11 should be fine. It is not needed for Win 8.1. I would only downgrade if you are having problems.

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