Attn: XPS 8700 Owners - Upgrade!!
I am an owner of a brand new Dell XPS 8700 with an i7 4970 CPU.
Out of the box this computer is pretty darn quick but I wanted just a bit more in a smaller form factor.
I have a GTX 980 and an i7 4790k CPU from another machine and wanted to see if this machine would support the upgrade without gutting it.
I also took a stab at adding an ASETEK 545LC (92mm) cooler to the mix to keep things in check.
Last but not least, I also added a 250GB Samsung mSATA card. Early reports indicated you needed the extreme edition to see beyond 32GB cards (???)
I searched high and low on the interwebs and didnt get much in returns of success.
So for those of you looking to squeeze a bit more out of your machines without upgrading PSU, motherboard...then I hope this helps.
-Upgraded to i7 4790k (10% increase over the stock 4790)
-GTX 980 (using stock 460w PSU)
-Added 92mm liquid cooling (Asetek 545LC - $97 on ebay)
-Replaced 92mm chassis fan with CoolerMaster 92mm 4-pin PWM fan.
-Added 250GB mSATA drive.
- Stress testing CPU returns temp of 68C.
-CPU pump runs off the 3pin chassis fan header and the rear fan is driven from the 4pin CPU fan.
-Upon putting the 4790k in, BIOS (A11) now has a similar OC feature like alienware OC lvl 1, OC lvl2.
Photos below. Feel free to msg me with questions.