KingRomi
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XPS 8700, Planning to upgrade some parts

Hello. I use my PC mainly for Audio mixing and video editing. I believe this is my PC spec https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16883156239 I bought this around 2015 and I believe it's 3rd gen series. I'm sorry if I'm wrong.

I would like to upgrade the power system, graphic card and add some better cooling system?

So for the power supply I saw somewhere that some product might not fit in the tower so any suggestion appreciated:) 

Thank you for your time:)

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7- Thorium

Re: Planning to upgrade some parts in my Dell XPS 8700

The CPU according to Dell specs is a 4th Gen and was offered as an i5 or i7.

A standard ATX power supply should fit.  Only consideration is there can be an issue with a power on/off switch on standard ATX power supplies.  Some metal may need to be cut for that.  Get a "fully modular" type power supply to avoid having to stuff unused power cables inside the case.  

Dell uses proprietary fans with sensors on them, and if a non-Dell fan is used you will always get a fan failure notice at power on and have to manually press an F-Key to continue with the boot.  I have a recording studio and see posts from users on recording forums that have Dell's for their DAW and they seem to be OK with the stock CPU and case fans.  Just locate the tower where it gets adequate cool air flow.

Considering you have a 4th Gen Intel and the current is 9th Gen you may want to consider a new system in the near future rather than any upgrading.  I went from an i7 3770 to an i7 6700K for my DAW system in Nov of 2016 and it was a major upgrade for recording.   



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Re: XPS 8700, Planning to upgrade some parts

I just purchased a new Aurora R7 as I really couldn't upgrade my old XPS 8700 anymore.  Don't get me wrong, it still performs as well, or better, than many "New" off the shelf systems.

Upgraded from i7 4770 to i7 4790k with Asetek 545LC 92mm liquid cooler and Arctic Silver thermal paste

Replaced GPU with Zotac GTX 1060 6 Gb (using stock PSU with NO problems)

Installed 32 Gb Crucial DDR3-1866L RAM

Replaced case fan with CoolerMaster Scythe 92mm 4-pin PWM fan (DFS922512M-PWM)

Added Samsung 850 EVO 500GB mSATA drive (MZM5E500BAM)

I originally thought that I might have to upgrade the PSU, but surprisingly found it not to be necessary.  Other XPS 8700s I have helped with did not need a PSU either.  The XPS 8700 seems to have a surprisingly well manufactured and durable PSU.  I did hear once, that it is actually a Delta 550W PSU that is rated at 460W by Dell's calculations.  All I know for sure, it works fine as is.

 

 

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7- Thorium

Re: XPS 8700, Planning to upgrade some parts

Interesting that you were able to upgrade.  However, since you can't overclock the XPS8700 the more expensive "K" model CPU was a waste (Only the Alienware's can be overclocked that I'm aware of).

 

 



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Re: XPS 8700, Planning to upgrade some parts

@fireberdwrote:

Interesting that you were able to upgrade.  However, since you can't overclock the XPS8700 the more expensive "K" model CPU was a waste (Only the Alienware's can be overclocked that I'm aware of).

 

 


Newegg had the i7 4790K for $50 less than the 4790 non-K, personally I don't find a $50 savings to be a waste. Despite not being able to overclock it, it still outperforms the original 4770.  :Smile:

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7- Thorium

Re: XPS 8700, Planning to upgrade some parts

Since it was on sale that is OK.  Just that the Dell's are not clockable.

I have a 6700K and can overclock but don't.  It was on sale when I built my last system with an ASUS ROG motherboard.



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Re: XPS 8700, Planning to upgrade some parts

 


@fireberdwrote:

Since it was on sale that is OK.  Just that the Dell's are not clockable.

I have a 6700K and can overclock but don't.  It was on sale when I built my last system with an ASUS ROG motherboard.



I know Dell's are not clockable,  I would never allow my users anything that was clockable.   :Wink:

I bought my new Aurora because the whole system price was cheaper than the individual prices of the 1080ti and 8700K.

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Tesla1856
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Re: XPS 8700, Planning to upgrade some parts


@AlaskaWolfwrote:

 


@fireberdwrote:

1. I have a 6700K and can overclock but don't. 



1. I would never allow my users anything that was clockable.   :Wink:

2. I bought my new Aurora because the whole system price was cheaper than the individual prices of the 1080ti and 8700K.


1. Yeah, I got my Aurora-R6 with this, but never really OverClock or plan to

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2. Exactly.

Plus, when I custom-build I tend to go a bit crazy-anyway :Smile: because you only want the best of everything. :Cool:


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Re: XPS 8700, Planning to upgrade some parts

I looked at Dell, both the consumer and commercial systems but they didn't offer enough USB ports, Hard/SSD drive bays, etc.  Building was my best (and as it turned out least expensive) option. Although I have an ASUS "ROG" (gamer) motherboard I got if for the number of ports and Thunderbolt capability.  My system is used for my recording studio.  

 



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@fireberdwrote:

1. but they didn't offer enough USB ports, Hard/SSD drive bays, etc. 

2. Building was my best (and as it turned out least expensive) option.

3. I have an ASUS "ROG" (gamer) motherboard and Thunderbolt capability.  

 


1. Well, you can add PCIe AddIn USB 3.0 cards

2. Nice. Custom-Build is good if you can build, support, and warranty it yourself. Some people can't, or don't have the time to.

3. Now there's a reason :Yes: Now, if the Thunderbolt peripherals would just come-down in price a bit.

 


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