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RE: XPS 8910, CPU cooler

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When installing my power supply upgrade, I had to remove the CPU fan and heatsink to connect one of the power connectors to the motherboard.  The fan is attached to the heatsink with 3 screws and the heatsink is attached to the motherboard with 4 screws.  I didn't see a back plate associated with it, but I'll open it up and take a look tonight.

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RE: XPS 8910, CPU cooler

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you wouldn't be able to see the back plate unless you removed the motherboard itself.... i will find out this Sat. cause I'm going to try and upgrade the heatsink to a better one if it works out i will post photos of it later

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RE: XPS 8910, CPU cooler

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So did anybody have success installing a new cooler in the 8910? I want to upgrade to a 6600k but worried about the stock cooler... was thinking maybe a Cryorig C7 or a Noctua NH-L9 or something.

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RE: XPS 8910, CPU cooler

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Hi there really isn't  much room to fit a bigger heatsink it would have to be a low profile heatsink and the low profile heatsink would almost be touching the PSU so really not much room to work with

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RE: XPS 8910, CPU cooler

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So what kind of CPU temps and video card combinations are u getting with the stock cooler to make users want to change that cooler out?

Intel specs the 6700 with a recommended max temp (TCase) of 71 C, though there are users that run that processor much higher.  I would think 80 C would be the maximum you would want to run it at for an extended time.

http://ark.intel.com/products/88196/Intel-Core-i7-6700-Processor-8M-Cache-up-to-4_00-GHz

Even if you change the CPU cooler or fan, the airflow in the machine will still be an issue, I would just add an intake fan to the lower part of the front of the case like evildeadguy did.  

How much did that intake fan actually help evildeadguy?  I know when I added the front intake fan in an XPS 8500 it dropped temps 3-4 degrees.

Just by adding the fan it will improve airflow and drop temps across the board.  Would think this would be simpler and cheaper to do.

http://en.community.dell.com/support-forums/desktop/f/3514/t/20008177

I can see that the exhaust fan is at the top of the XPS 8910 case,  there seems to be a way you can mount a radiator below the fan inside the case to do an AIO  water cooling solution. 

Here is an OEM water cooling solution shown in an Alienware Aurora with a similar case, it shows a fan inside the case and radiator on top.  The  top of the case that comes off is raised and its is a lot higher for looks, and it has a huge radiator mounted in there in an enclosure which seems unnecessary.   They somehow get the hoses into the case as well.   Perhaps you can just swap radiator / fan placements and the hoses will be in the case.

It also shows a 120mm fan mounted in the front of the case as well.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PLEhawGA7As

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RE: XPS 8910, CPU cooler

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@EvilDeadGuy thanks, the ones I mentioned are really small but i suppose I better either measure, try to get the SE cooler somehow or brave using the stock cooler.

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RE: XPS 8910, CPU cooler

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How can one order those parts? It's very hard to talk to dell about certain parts like that they act like they don't know what you're talking about.. I have a xps 8910 and the temps are horrible, I really need a different CPU heatsink/cooler, PSU and atleast one extra case fan as the I7 6700 is constantly throttled, games freeze while the PSU goes full blast for a few seconds all the time. there has to be a way to cool this thing better, the description made it sound like its design was smart and cooling was efficient but it's worse than my super tiny HTPC. any suggestions on ordering parts from dell would be nice

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RE: XPS 8910, CPU cooler

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the stock cooler should be fine with the 6600k....

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RE: XPS 8910, CPU cooler

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@HanoverB Adding a fan sounds like a good idea, I hadn't really thought about it as I didn't think it would fit but I'm guessing a 120mm would fit, and after watching that video It should have been standard.

about to make my decision.... will stick with the stock cooler for now and get:

i5-6600k

Noctua NT-H1 Thermal Paste

PWM Fan Splitter

Corsair Air Series SP120

I'm not exactly a noob but this will be the most I've done so far other than swapping hdd's, ssd's, psu's and gpu's. Hope I don't fudge it up.

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RE: XPS 8910, CPU cooler

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@HanoverB Adding a fan sounds like a good idea, I hadn't really thought about it as I didn't think it would fit but I'm guessing a 120mm would fit, and after watching that video It should have been standard.

about to make my decision.... will stick with the stock cooler for now and get:

i5-6600k

Noctua NT-H1 Thermal Paste

PWM Fan Splitter

Corsair Air Series SP120

I'm not exactly a noob but this will be the most I've done so far other than swapping hdd's, ssd's, psu's and gpu's. Hope I don't fudge it up.

Did you get the low noise SP120 version of that fan?  The high static pressure one is a lot noisier.  You want that low noise fan running max RPM full time and not connected to the PWM.   Just connect it to a molex.  It runs at only 1100 RPM and moves a lot of air and will create the airflow you need.   Ideal intake fan is a large fan that runs at low RPM and moves a lot of air and is not noisy.

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