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Dell XPS 8900 Desktop: Worth The Extra $ For Upgrades ?

Q: Dell XPS 8900 Desktop: Worth The Extra $ For Upgrades ?

Hello,

Getting pretty close to deciding on a new Dell XPS 8900 desktop.

Seems like all the major brands have the same horror stories re service, returns, etc., and have more or less come to the conclusion it is pretty much the "luck of the draw" irrespective of which brand you get.
Agree ?

The Dell XPS 8900 seems to come in a few different flavors.

As I've mentioned, my family does no gaming.
Do a lot of photo and video work and viewing, YouTube viewing, internet surfing, etc.
Pretty much the Sr. Citizen kinda home stuff.

a. Would appreciate your opinion if it is worth an additional $ 100 to go from a:

6 th Gen Intel Core i5 - 6400 with 6M Cache

to a:
6 th Gen Intel Core i7 - 6700 with 8 M Cache

b. And, for the video Card: another $ 100 to go from a:

GT730 NVidia GeForce 2 GB DDR3

to a
GTX 745 NVidia GeForce 4 GB DDR3

Would I likely notice any differences for either upgrade ? If so, how ?

Thanks for opinions,
Bob

A: Dell XPS 8900 Desktop: Worth The Extra $ For Upgrades ?

My suggestion to my clients is "buy as much as you can afford" and "buy overkill".

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Does anyone know if the new GTX 1080 card will have any issues with a Dell XPS 8900 Desktop?  Since the power requirements are lower the PSU should support it but I would like to verify before making an additional purchase.
--Rocco--

A:Dell XPS 8900 Desktop and GTX 1080

Nvidia is recommending a 500w power supply. The GTX 1070/1080 will not be validated by Dell on any systems shipping with the 460w power supply. I am scanning the Desktop Video board waiting for users to buy and test the video cards on our 460w systems.

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Hello,

Really totally confused about this, and would be most appreciative for some help and suggestions on.

Have a new Dell XPS 8900 desktop PC.
Has Realtek integrated audio, apparently. (ALC3861 7.1)
I imagine it?s pretty much the same setup for all of their PC?s with Realtek integrated audio.

Presently use the Green output jack in the rear to feed a pair of Logitech Desktop Z-200 desktop speakers. Works just fine.

I would like to now add the following:

Have an output from a radio (Home Patrol scanner) that has a Line-Out
Jack. Would like to feed this into pc, and be able to select either the normal
pc audio (which now is outputted on the green jack) OR this new input.

a. What input jack on the pc should I use for the radio?s output (Line Out) ?
I?m thinking the BLUE one. Is this correct ?

I would want it to also, of course, be outputted on the green jack to the desktop speakers.

b. I looked all over of every pc screen I could think of, but could find no option
for selecting (switching) between the pc normal output, and this new extra
audio input.

Where and how do I do this selectio/switching, please ? Caveats in doing ?


Much thanks,
Bob

A:Dell XPS 8900 Desktop: Audio Jacks Hookup Question ?

Just a suggestion :
Wouldn't it be best for you if you ask the folks who actually use the same model ?
http://en.community.dell.com/support-forums/desktop/

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Hello,

Really totally confused about this, and would be most appreciative for some help and suggestions on.

Have a new Dell XPS 8900 desktop PC.
Has Realtek integrated audio, apparently. (ALC3861 7.1)
I imagine it?s pretty much the same setup for all of their PC?s with Realtek integrated audio.

Presently use the Green output jack in the rear to feed a pair of Logitech Desktop Z-200 desktop speakers. Works just fine.

I would like to now add the following:

Have an output from a radio (Home Patrol scanner) that has a Line-Out
Jack. Would like to feed this into pc, and be able to select either the normal
pc audio (which now is outputted on the green jack) OR this new input.

a. What input jack on the pc should I use for the radio?s output (Line Out) ?
I?m thinking the BLUE one. Is this correct ?

I would want it to also, of course, be outputted on the green jack to the desktop speakers.

b. I looked all over of every pc screen I could think of, but could find no option
for selecting (switching) between the pc normal output, and this new extra
audio input.

Where and how do I do this selectio/switching, please ? Caveats in doing ?


Much thanks,
Bob

A:Dell XPS 8900 Desktop: Audio Jacks Hookup Question ?

Just a suggestion :
Wouldn't it be best for you if you ask the folks who actually use the same model ?
http://en.community.dell.com/support-forums/desktop/

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I have experienced hang ups and freezes from the beginning of using this computer and I continue to have the same freezes and hang ups. With the number of complaints of the same problem regardless of operating system you would think Dell Management and sales would recognize that there is a legitimate problem with this computer and assign their engineers to research the problem and issue either a recall or a fix to XPS 8900 users. I am a long time computer professional with over 45 years in the IT community. I have always trusted Dell and recommended their products to family and friends as well as contacts in the IT community and prospective buyers. Dell can either acknowledge the problem with this product and take appropriate corrective action or they can ignore the problem which will not go away but the buyers of Dell products will when the word gets out. I no longer feel comfortable buying or recommending Dell computers to or for anyone.

A:Dell XPS 8900 System Desktop Computer "freezes and hangups".

cessnapilot231
I'm an IT person as well.  I'm seriously thinking of shifting my loyalty to another brand like HP.  This is outrageous that they are basically ignoring the issue, ignoring my emails and basically saying 'oh well' in the phone calls. 

Go over to the HP forums if you think that it is any better over there.  Lenovo also has their forums. Then tell me it is all roses over "there".

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A:Is this Z60/61t Computer worth the extra time and ...

Welcome to the forum!
 
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Hopefully I'll be proven wrong.
 
All of that said, these are fine machines, if a little outdated, and still capable of performing "usual" daily office tasks.
 
Good luck and keep us posted.

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Anyway should I upgrade to Ultimate ? I know the extra features in Ultimate are Bitlocker XP Mode, and 35 languages. The only thing I would probably use is Bitlocker. I know of Truecrypt and find that it works well. But I guess my only reason for really wanting to upgrade is the fact that Ultimate includes gpedit.msc. With gpedit.msc I can tweak every aspect of the OS. Why didn't MS include this feature in all versions of Windows ?

Anyway I'm just debating whether the extra cost is worth it...

Any input and suggestions is appreciated. thanks !


Jordan

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Hi, this should be a relatively easy question to answer for those in the know.  If I order up a new 8900 desktop with the GTX 970 card, will it have a DVI port on that card?  I have a monitor I am fond of and want to continue to use, but it only has DVI.

A:Dell XPS 8900 DVI

Typical GTX 960/970/980 has 1 DVI  , 3 Display Port and , 1 HDMI.
Cant imagine ANY card of this series with NO DVI.

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Since it is a new model try here:
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Apologies if my questions are redundant to other posts in the forum, BUT, I couldn't find ones that covered my questions specifically.
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Is the SSD I intend to purchase compatible with this desktop? 
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Thanks in advance. Again, apologies for the simplistic questions, but I'd appreciate a response. 

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I recently purchased the following Dell 8900
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I would like to replace the graphics card (I flight sim a lot) with a GTX 960 4GB DDR5 card, either myself or have a computer repair place do it.
Which specific cards would be easiest to install in my machine - if I search for GTX 960, I see all kinds of different length cards, 1 and 2 fans, etc.
I'd like to purchase the following card, if it will be easily installed...
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 960 4GB GDDR5 PCiE Graphics Cards GV-N960OC-4GD
Would a new graphics card be difficult to install myself?   What is involved?
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A:Which GTX 960 Can I use to upgrade my Dell XPS 8900

The XPS 8900 and 8700 share the same case so if you look in this thread you'll see the cards that fit and the cards that needed some case cutting.
en.community.dell.com/.../19611037
I can personally vouch for the the MSI GTX 970 gaming 4GB fits so check the size (length and height) and if less it should fit without issue.
If you can wait a few weeks or maybe a month, the GTX 1080 looks to be an amazing card for the price and power draw. It is going to be slightly more expensive, however much more capable.
The install is easy. search for youtube videos and you should find one.
edit: and you can sell your GTX 745 on ebay and recoup some of the cost.

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Hi I was wondering if I can purchase and use a MSI R9 380 GAMING 4G for my new Dell XpS 8900 computer? I am concerned about the stock psu not being enough power for this card. I belive the stock psu is 460w but this card has a System Requirements Power Consumption of 150W.
And this is the card I would like to use:

A:R9 380 GAMING 4G in a Dell XPS 8900 HELP!

The stock 460w is designed for 150w of video power. That card uses 225w or more.  8 Pin = 150w  + 75w from the X16 slot = 225w if it uses a 6 pin and An 8 pin this is 300w
http://support.amd.com/en-us/recommended/power-supplies/detail?item=AX650M
 
AMD says that  6950 cards can be used with an AX650M
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Worked fine until today, 1/1/2016 -- Happy New Year, NOT!
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I can return the computer (not my first choice) after our upcoming trip. But I'd prefer to get it up and running today. Have some work to do.
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More info. I had four external USB3 drives attached, two powered and two are Seagate Wireless drives -- one of which is recharged via its USB port.
Unplugging only that second Seagate drive lets the machine start up. So the issue may be too much of a current drain on the USB board.
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I am in search of figuring out what to do.  I have had this XPS 8900 for about 2 years.  1st year ran fine. 2nd year I was doing a recovery and our power flickered and nothing is on this desktop.  will power on but nothing.  How do I get recovery disks to put back in what it came with?    Thank you  Chris

A:Dell 8900 Desk Top XPS

Recovery disks will not do any good if the computer won't boot. You need to find and replace the damaged hardware if any. Try turning it on and immediately keep tapping F12 without waiting for any screen to see if you can get into the boot menu to run hardware diagnostics and include a custom test of the hard drive. Try booting to your repair disk. 
Report the status of all the lights and explain what you mean by power on but nothing-- nothing on the screen or nothing on the drive or no sounds or fans, etc.

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Hey guys,
My Dell xps 8900 have 8Gb ram (4Gb x2) DDR4 2133 UDIMM. Currently it has 2 empty slots. I just bought an 8Gb (8Gb x1) ram DDR4 -2133 UDIMM Crucial stick. I make sure it has the same CL, voltage, etc. I run Crucial scan and it says this stick is compatible with the Dell 8900. My question is can I just add this single stick to the system to make it a total 16Gb, if so which slot do I put it in? so it will end up with 4x2 sticks and 8x1 stick.  I've read somewhere saying the Dell xps 8700 wouldn't boot if the dual slots are not filled up. Mine is a Dell xps 8900, however.

A:Dell xps 8900 adding more ram

Ummm....you have a problem...
The XPS 8900 has 4 RAM slots. So in order to install one new 8GB module, you'd have to uninstall one of the existing 2GB modules.
Even if you do that, the XPS 8900 doesn't support 14 GB of RAM (3x2GB + 1x8GB =14GB). The supported configs are:  8 GB, 16 GB, 24 GB, 32 GB, and 64 GB.
And it's always best to install RAM in matched pairs. So you probably need to remove all four 2GB modules and install 2x8 GB to get 16GB. Or, if crucial will take the 8 GB back, you may be able to exchange it for 4x4GB to get 16 GB, assuming that works out cheaper.
EDIT: If you might ever want to go above 16 GB, it might be prudent to use 2x8 GB now which will leave you with 2 empty slots in which you could install 2x4GB (for total of 24 GB), or 2x8GB (for total of 32 GB).

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I recently purchased an XPS 8900 with Win 10 Home installed. I want to run the OS & apps off an SSD, but the methods to get that to happen have not worked so far, namely cloning the HD to the SSD. Pretty much everything I've seen on the forums here and on the internet don't seem to take into consideration UEFI, which has proven be an enormous PITA in this process, as i have to keep switching between UEFI and Legacy modes to get the system to (try to) boot off the SSD.
The install is fresh - i.e. no user data yet, so I'm not worried about losing that data. The recovery partitions are intact. I created a recovery USB drive from within Windows 10. Any guidance on this would be welcome. Thanks!

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Will it run?
I know someone on here managed to get the 1070 to run perfectly on their stock XPS 8900 with 460W PSU

Has anyone tried it? Let me know, thanks!

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Recently I moved my XPS 8900's internals to a bigger case. When powering on, it appears to all work but when it gets to the dell screen, it goes black. I can press f2 or f12 for the setup menus but it never gets there. It appears to be a POST problem, with blinking power button and keyboard capslock and scroll lock LEDs. It blinks in a pattern of 3-7-1-6. I cannot seem to get it to boot. Anyone have a clue what the problem might be?
Thanks,
Colin

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Hello and thank you very much --
Yesterday the cursor disappeared so I turned the pc off manually.  When I turned it back on after a few seconds all was OK.  Cursor disappeared again, so I tried the same thing, but the computer now won't turn back on at all.
The start button lights up amber then immediately goes out.  No sounds.  I have unplugged and plugged back in all the cords from wall, router, modem.  The lights on modem and router are all normal,  The laptop I am using as I type right now is hooked up to the exact same system, I'm not using the laptop wirelessly.  I have also unplugged the power and held down the start button for 10 seconds as was suggested on Dell's website.  But pc still won't respond.  If I unplug and replug  the whole thing from the wall or plug and replug the AC adapter, I see the Dell logo for a moment on the screen and then the message it is going to power saving mode, then black.
The pc that won't turn on is a Dell 8900 which I bought 6 months ago and has worked perfectly up to now.  I use Windows10. 
What should I do next?    

A:Dell 8900 stopped working

Contact Dell Tech Support for warranty support.
Might be power supply or video card.  If you use a surge protector or power strip, remove those and try connecting PC directly to the wall outlet.
And always mention version of Windows in your posts

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Hello everybody,
When we turn this machine on, 
The error is always bring with "Preparing Automatic repair" and "Diagnosing your PC"

When i restart machine "it said, your pc ran into a problem and needs to restart"etc...
These error are same thing!
What should i do? 
Best regards, 

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Hi,
   Just purchased a Dell XPS 8900 windows 10 64 bit with 802.11ac + bluetooth 4.0. Every time I run bittorrent I am getting the bcmwl63a.sys and BSOD. I have read to uninstall drivers and install older version. I am not very technical. If someone could please let me know where to find the drivers and how to uninstall current drivers? Or if you can point me in the direction with additional info that would be most appreciated.
 
Thanks
Mky

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Good Morning,
I have been reading about installing a 1tb SSD drive in my unit and keeping the 2tb as drive D/E. I would clone my existing drive to the SSD using EaseUS, remove all the data which would remain on the original drive. Has anyone been through this scenario and could you send me the correct procedure.
Thanks,
Bob
I do not want to re-invent the wheel. 

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Hi Everyone, I bought a new computer the Dell xps 8900 and I received it and set it up March 3. I had some issues with it and had a tech come over and work on it. I started having problems with the mouse not waking up. I would have to un plug it from the back of the tower. Dell replaced that computer and I just got another one lase Wednesday and set it up on Friday. I did add a printer and Acrobat Reader and I noticed that the computer came not to go in to sleep mode. I changed the settings and it seemed to be working and now is doing the same thing. It went to sleep and I tried restarting it. That did not work and I used the arrow keys to shut it down and then restarted it and the mouse worked. Is this a windows problem or a computer problem? does any one know or have this problem it's windows 10.

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I am planning on adding an SSD and doing a clean install of Win 10 on my new XPS 8900. I've spent a lot of time researching this and have notes and tutorials to follow that I feel comfortable with. The one area that I have not found good answers and only general advice is on reinstalling the drivers. The advice has been to go to the Dell download center and get them there.
To make sure I end up with the correct drivers on the SSD, I first took a look at what I currently have in the Device Manager and compared them to the list of drivers on the Dell driver page specific to my computer tag #. That has been an exercise in frustration. I have lots of questions. Please be patient. Hopefully this will help others also.
Let's start with the video drivers. Device Manager vs Dell list:

I have the GTX 745 and the Dell config on the Dell site lists it correctly. So why doesn't it show up on the list specific to my computer? Instead it lists an AMD. So, now I select to show all drivers for all XPS 8900s and it adds the following driver:

Even here, the GTX 745 isn't listed. Why? Can anyone from Dell explain why they don't have the driver listed for the most common graphics card installed on current XPS 8900s?
When I do a site search for a GTX 745, I find:

So, is this a newer driver compared to my installed?:
Version 10.18.13.5382   7 Aug 15  (the date is later but the number is lower)
Also, is the Intel HD Graphic Driver listed above on... Read more

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I just bought this card and its huge. I took the side panel off the computer and fit it up it looks like it might fit.  I dont want to install it now cause I want to upgrade my PSU to a 600 watt. Has anyone had any issues with fitting this card ??? thanks for your time, jeff.

EVGA SSC geforce gtx 960 4 gb gddr5 and a dell xps 8900.....

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My XPS 8900 with the Dell Wireless-N 1801 adapter can't see my 5GHz network.  It only sees my 2.4GHz. The 8900 sits right next to my HP Pavilion (5+ years old) which always runs on my 5GHz. Does the Dell Wireless-N 1801 not support 5GHz (scary thought) ? Any ideas ?

A:XPS 8900, Dell Wireless-N 1801, 5GHz ?

I think you mean 5GHz network.  
5G = 5th generation mobile technology

different card, same concept http://en.community.dell.com/support-forums/network-internet-wireless/f/3324/t/19340207

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Hi Guys,
I myself and a friend manage to change the factory XPS 8900 CPU fan cooler to Corsair Hydro H100i GTX liquid cooler but there is one thing which is bothering us. My system will test the corsair liquid cooling fan in very high speed every time I boot up the system. We manage to get rid the fan not detected screen but we don't know why system is still test the fan without showing us error. Is there any way to bypass or disable it? I need help for this.
Much appreciated.

A:XPS 8900, Issue with non-Dell CPU liquid cooler.

There is no bypass for fan error to use non dell fan.

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I have this new computer and I am trying to download the Cyberlink essencial software, but I can´t get the Digital Delivery to work. After a while of seen the tool logo, I got the message that it couldn´t connect to the Internet and tool shuts down.
I have tried with this suggestions but it did not work:
https://www.dell.com/support/article/us/en/04/SLN85610/es
https://www.dell.com/support/article/us/en/04/SLN130099/en 

 

A:XPS 8900 Dell Digital Delivery is not working.

FRPORRAS 
Click the link below to register and download software for your computer. The site only works with Internet Explorer.
My Dell Downloads

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I am planning on adding an SSD and doing a clean install of Win 10 on my new XPS 8900. I've spent a lot of time researching this and have notes and tutorials to follow that I feel comfortable with. The one area that I have not found good answers and only general advice is on reinstalling the drivers. The advice has been to go to the Dell download center and get them there.
To make sure I end up with the correct drivers on the SSD, I first took a look at what I currently have in the Device Manager and compared them to the list of drivers on the Dell driver page specific to my computer tag #. That has been an exercise in frustration. I have lots of questions. Please be patient. Hopefully this will help others also.
Let's start with the video drivers. Device Manager vs Dell list:

I have the GTX 745 and the Dell config on the Dell site lists it correctly. So why doesn't it show up on the list specific to my computer? Instead it lists an AMD. So, now I select to show all drivers for all XPS 8900s and it adds the following driver:

Even here, the GTX 745 isn't listed. Why? Can anyone from Dell explain why they don't have the driver listed for the most common graphics card installed on current XPS 8900s?
When I do a site search for a GTX 745, I find:

So, is this a newer driver compared to my installed?:
Version 10.18.13.5382   7 Aug 15  (the date is later but the number is lower)
Also, is the Intel HD Graphic Driver listed above on... Read more

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I just took the 8900 out of the box.  I get the Screen with the Dell Label in the middle of the screen and nothing else happens.  I have tried to un plug, and plug in other sources, nothing happens. I had a Seagate back up drive attached to usb port, I unplugged it, still Nothing.  Ant help would be Great.  Thanks ...

A:Dell XPS 8900 32GB R will not start Brand New

Contact dell support directly. This is primarily a user to user forum. Support will help you troubleshoot.

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I own an xps 8900 and a upgraded psu Corsair 650 W and I want to update to a gtx 1060 , I should be ok with my psu but what length or dimensions of the 1060 is the max ? I was thinking about getting the EVGA 1060 FTW which is 10.5" long, or do I need to get a shorter version of the 1060 ?

A:Dell XPS 8900 and video card update

MSI GTX 970 4G Gaming is 10.91" x 5.51" and it fits fine in an 8700.
8700s and 8900s have the same case.
This thread has a bunch of different cards and some with pics in the 8700s
en.community.dell.com/.../19611037
checkout page 26 for one of ours with the 970.

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I have been a Dell customer for many, many years and have never had a problem with order deliveries until now.  I ordered a Dell XPS 8900 special edition on 7/16 and have had three different estimated delivery dates posted on the websites (all wrong), the latest of which was today.  I have been in contact with customer service and told of a parts shortage (after placing the order of course).  This is highly unlike any experience I have ever had with Dell.  Is anyone else experiencing delivery delays and inaccurate delivery estimates, or am I just "lucky"?

A:Dell XPS 8900 - Delivery Date Changed Twice (and still not here)

This is a fairly new model and delays do happen -- and systems are not built by Dell, but by contractors outside the US -- the supply chain is long and yes -- delays are almost inevitable.

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I just got a notificaiton on my Dell XPS 8900 that there is a new BIOS update.

I am currently on 2.1.0 dated 2015 12 11.  The new one is 2.1.3 dated 2016 02 05.
Fixes & Enhancements
Enhancements- Improved system stability for virtual machine environment - Improved system stability for long Media playback.- Updated Dell Diagnostic to 4302.15 
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http://www.dell.com/support/home/US/en/04/Drivers/DriversDetails?driverId=Y9V39
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Everything is working fine right now.  I was wondering if you recommend upgrading.  Also you can use this thread to discuss your experiences in upgrading to this new BIOS.

Thanks

A:Dell XPS 8900 BIOS Update 2.1.3 discussion

I went ahead and installed this update because this is such a new model I figured it is worth upgrading the BIOS the first few revisions they release. The upgrade went smooth and it is working fine for me now.

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I have an XPS8900 with a Dell supplied 750 TI card fitted.  I would like to replace this with an Asus Strix 960 GTX board.  It is longer than existing board and I am not sure if it will fit due to ram slots and some power plugs for HD etc.
Has anyone fitted the type of card to an 8900 and does it physically fit on mboard.
Thanks

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Does the XPS 8900 and this particular video card work together ? The physical size and PSU ? I know it needs a 500 W and the XPS 8900 has a 460 W but without ather hardware can the PSU handle it without crashing ? I am not tech savvy enough so can anyone help with infos, please.

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So I just bought a Dell XPS 8900 i7 6700 from the outlet.  I intend to upgrade to a a newer z170m mobo that will support non-k oc, memory upgrade to faster memory that will oc, bigger psu, and gtx 980ti, and clone old drive to ssd drive.   What issues will I have with drivers, licensing of windows 10, etc..  I'm going to use a water cooler for the cpu.

A:Dell XPS 8900 i7 6700 upgrade questions

Huh?Sorry, what you're suggesting makes no sense.
The Windows license is LOCKED to the Dell motherboard.  You can NOT use a Dell OEM license on a non Dell motherboard.The XPS 8900 case does not support a water cooler.  Your only option would be to put the radiator through the front, and then you'd really need an air barrier to separate the exhaust from the air intake area above.You should also upgrade the power supply.   You'll also want to change the DRAM. So, you're taking about another motherboard, another case, water cooling, and another Windows License.  You can get a Windows 10 license for under $100.
So, by buying the XPS 8900, you got a CPU.  Imho, buying an i7-6700K is better.  They are specially screen to support higher clock rates.  In fact, you'll be lucky if a non-K can clock as high as the base clock of the 6700K.  Intel has been trying to support the K demand.  So, people can forget about "being lucky" and getting a non-K that can clock as high a a K-version.  The 6700K cpus are coming down in price.
Fwiw, I strongly suggest getting an ASUS motherboard.Good Luck.

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Dear sirs
i AM READY “now” TO BUY A windows 7 Pro XPS on sale?  The last one I bought was ABOUT 16 month ago and it as an XPS 8700.  IT HAS BEEN FIELD TESTED BY MY 13/14 YEAR gRANDSON AND HAS PERFORMED FLAWLESSLY.
IF YOU HAVE ANY OF THE OF THESE UNITS ON CLEARANCE, PLEASE LET ME KNOW.  You originally quoted me one of these units at $814 on the 11th of July. You also said that you had some leeway in being able to lower that price.. I'm ready to buy one today if you could lower the quote to $775 inclusive of Tax.
VERY SINCERELY
MICHAEL C, Gordon
Post edited by Philip Yip to remove personal information.

A:Purchase of a new Dell XSP 8900 with Windows 7 Pro operating system

This is a user-to-user forum and isn't the way to contact Dell. And, NEVER post personal info such as your account or phone numbers here. Edit your post to remove them right away.
If you want to purchase a PC, go to Dell's Shop page where you can pick the system you want or click the popup to chat with a Dell sales representative.

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Just bought a Dell XPS 8900. I cannot get any jack to pick a microphone. I have tried several different microphones that do work on other computers. 

A:Dell XPS 8900 Front Jacks will not pick up Microphone

Do you mean the top right microphone jack? Did you test the microphones on the rear red microphone jack?

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Bought an XPS 8900 from Best Buy May 2016. Used as stock config since then as a home CAD machine.
I think it came stock with a GeoForce 730, maybe ?
Had it hooked up to a single Dell monitor via the DVI cable.
I took an NVidia Quadro 2000 2GB video card from an older XPS 8700 that I had installed it in and had been running fine, plug and play, and removed the GeoForce 730 from my new XPS 8900 and installed the Quadro 2000 in the new 8900, expecting no problems.
The Quadro has DVI out and two (2) Displayport out. I tried the DVI, no luck. The tried the Displayport, still no luck. Monitor is asleep, does not respond.
I know this card is a little older, but I am not sure why it would not be supported on the 8900, when I just plug and played it on the 8700, no problem?????
is the NVidia Quadro 2000 not supported for some reason? why?
Is there any way I can make this work ont he XPS 8900?

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Hi,
What cable do I need to connect my old E228WFP Dell 22" monitor to my new XPS 8900 PC?  The monitor has 15 & 24 pin female connections and the PC has HDMI and DisplayPort connections connection.  And one 24 pin female connection for which I'm not sure the purpose.  Excuse my ignorance...
Thanks...

A:Connecting old E228WFP Dell 22" monitor to new XPS 8900

An HDMI-to-DVI cable?

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I realize that this is not a "Flight Simulator X" forum, but I have a hardware issue somewhere with my Dell 8900 and am trying to figure it out.
Flight Sim is an intense game resources wise, but mainly on the CPU, which in my case is 4.0 Ghz i7-6700 so no issue there, Ram is 16 GB and I just installed (thanks to help from this forum!) a new GTX 960 - all specs are more than enough for Flightsim.
So I am puzzled that in the simulation I am having problems where the "textures" that cover the simulated ground, aircraft, lights, etc. take forever to load - I'll be flying along and suddenly the game will start struggling to load textures in areas of add on scenery (Orbx Pacific Northwest etc.) - everything looks great but then things gradually get blurry, I lose the textures off parts of the plane etc.
I should have a GREAT PC for running FSX, but there is a bottleneck to texture loading somewhere.
I suspect maybe the hard drive - while flying that little blue light on the top of the PC (which I believe indicates the hard drive is working) is blinking almost non-stop - it may be that the hard drive isn't feeding the game it's textures quickly enough?
Also - in case it is a hard drive speed issue - what would be the easiest way to install a new, fast hard drive just for FSX?   Would the open PCI-E slot I spotted next to where I mounted my graphics card take a SSD drive?   If so, which ones would be of the "plug and play" variety?
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A:Dell 8900 - Graphics Issues in Flight Simulator

Flight simulator X is a Vaccuum tube game from over 12 years ago.
You have to RE install DOTNET and Directx June 2010 as well as have a Better GPU.  OR you are using a GPU that is now Legacy Status as far as the drivers.
This game was optimized for windows XP and Directx 9.
You have to install Legacy Direct play and DX9 and DX10 drivers from the Directx June 2010 patch.
You download the file and extract to a folder then run DXSETUP.EXE as administrator.
Before previous drivers will work in windows7 or 8 or 10 you have to enable legacy features like DOTNET 2.0 3.5  and Directshow.  You must then install DIRECTX JUNE 2010 DRIVERS by downloading the file and extracting into a folder and running DXSETUP.exe.
Directx June 2010 which you download and extract to a FOLDER then run DXsetup.exe as administrator.
http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=8109
 
in control panel, all control panel items,  programs and features, Turn windows features on and off.  You have to be ONLINE when you do this because it will insist on downloading from the internet.

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh506443%28v=vs.110%29.aspx
Enable dotnet 2.0 3.5
enable legacy direct play
Install Directx June 2010 Patch.
Legacy audio APIs such as DirectSound, DirectShow, and the waveOutXxx functions enable applications to get and set the volume levels of audio streams.
Windows Media Source Filter. This behavior was maintained to ensure backward compatibility wit... Read more

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Just received a Dell XPS8900 i7 with the 27" 4k monitor. As soon as I plugged it in it started running. It immediately went to an amber flashing On/Off button. Tech support says it is probably a bad mobo. I also couldn't get the monitor to work. From what I can gather the DirectPort cable is DP on one end and mini-DP on the other. Is that correct? Can I use a full DP cable (not mini on the one end)? 

A:Dell XPS 8900 dead on arrival. Question about DP cable.

Below is the back of an XPS 8900. Near the bottom is the discrete added video card 10/11/12. If your XPS 8900 came with a discrete added video card, you should connect the monitor to it, not the middle 6/7 onboard video ports. We can assist more if you can provide the specific discrete added video card model.

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hi I'm having an issue with audacity crashing while I'm recording an lp.is there anything I can do?

lenny schwartz

A:AUDACITY CRASHING ON A XPS 8900 DESKTOP

This is the dell forum and that software is VERY old.
It is not supported here.

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I have a 1 month old Dell XPS 8900 and my Avira virus scan flagged Dell Foundation Services as a virus.  It came pre-installed with Windows 10 and Dell Foundation Services.
Specifically:
C:\Program Files\Dell\Dell Foundation Services\DCF.Branding.dll
[DETECTION] Contains suspicious code HEUR/APC (Cloud) [WARNING] The file could not be copied to quarantine! [WARNING] Error in ARK library [NOTE] The file is scheduled for deleting after reboot. [NOTE] It is recommended to restart your computer in order to finish the repair.
Has anyone else experienced this?  Shall I just let Avira delete this dll?  Will that break the application?  Should I uninstall Dell Foundation Services?  What does Dell Foundation Services do?  Is it needed?  Thanks

A:DCF.Branding.dll flagged as a virus (Dell Foundation Services) on new XPS 8900

It is probably safe. The HEUR/APC code you see is telling you that it found a process that triggered their heuristics engine. The heuristics engine scans running processes, and flags things that attempt to modify files on your computer.
See: http://www.shouldiremoveit.com/Dell-Foundation-Services-141858-program.aspx
You may want to also discuss this on Avira's forum:. https://answers.avira.com/en/

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I have a Dell XPS 8900 Special Edition that I purchased a couple months ago. I would like to upgrade the OEM GeForce GTX 745 that it came with to a EVGA GTX 960.I have the Dell XPS 8900 (i7-6700k processor), 32gb memory, 2tb HDD + 32gb m.2 SSD cache, Dell UP2516D monitor, and Windows 10 Pro. I will be adding a second Dell UP2516D monitor soon and later will add an SSD and move the OS and applications to that.
My needs aren't gaming. Primarily I do business applications (MS-Office, including Access and Project), finance and investing, and a lot of photo and video editing.  The photo editing software will use the GPU if I upgrade.
EVGA suggested either of the following, based on what would fit:
http://www.evga.com/Products/Product.aspx?pn=04G-P4-1961-KR
http://www.evga.com/Products/Product.aspx?pn=04G-P4-3963-KR
These cards are almost identical except;
#1 is 10.1" long, has 2 BIOS, 2 fans, and uses 160 watts for $170
#2 is 6.8" long, has 1 BIOS, 1 fan, and uses 128 watts for $160
I thought I would replace the graphics card myself, but once I opened the case, I wondered if either card will even fit.  I've seen that other people have swapped out their graphics card, so it must be possible.
When I look in my case, the existing graphics card is a single slot.  Both of these cards are dual slot.  Also, it looks like there are some transistors right next to the existing card.  When you install a dual slot card, ... Read more

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Hello and thank you very much --
Yesterday the cursor disappeared so I turned the pc off manually.  When I turned it back on after a few seconds all was OK.  Cursor disappeared again, so I tried the same thing, but the computer now won't turn back on at all.
The start button lights up amber then immediately goes out.  No sounds.  I have unplugged and plugged back in all the cords from wall, router, modem.  The lights on modem and router are all normal,  The laptop I am using as I type right now is hooked up to the same system, I'm not using the laptop wirelessly.  I have also unplugged the power and held down the start button for 10 seconds as was suggested on Dell's website.  But pc still won't respond.
The pc that won't turn on is a Dell 8900 which I bought 6 months ago and has worked perfectly up to now.  I use Windows10. 
What should I do next?    

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I am trying to add 2 small PCIe cards to the XPS 8900 running WIndows 10.  One is for IEEE1394 Firewire support the other for additional USB ports because the front paneI for the Firewire also has USB ports, so might as well use them.
My issue is that when I install these 2 PCIe cards and plug a power cable between one of the spare SATA cables & the PCIe cards every time I try to Shut Down in Windows 10 the system Restarts instead !!
VERY irritating!!  In nearly 50 years playing with computers I've come across a great many that refuse to start when you want them to but not very many that refuse to shut down !!
(I have checked in Device Manager and none of the devices are set to wake the computer)
Any suggestions greatly appreciated
Thanks

A:XPS 8900 Desktop PCIe shut down issue

I have one suggestion, to reset CMOS.
With the system powered down, and unplugged from wall power, remove the motherboard battery, wait half a minute, then with the system still unplugged from wall power press and hold the power button.
Reinstall battery, plug in and see if the condition continues.
It may do nothing but it might just work, and there is no harm except for having to reset your clock.

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I was running the Dell Diagnostics hardware test and got this message for 2 drives
Any one knows what it actually means?

Thanks
Yannis

A:DELL XPS 8900 Win 7 Pro - RANDOM SEEK Test - Module Failed to Start

Hi Yannis,
Thanks for posting.
What the PC-Doctor team has found here is that on a system with this many drives, when the tests are trying to load at the same time that we are loading CPU and memory stress testing, the load prevents the modules from getting loaded on all drives before hitting timeouts.  
Hope this helps.
Regards,Robert

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I recently bought a Dell XPS 8900 desktop and Dell U2414H monitor. After hooking the two together with a Displayport to Displayport mini, everything seemed to be fine. There was a signal and the display was on. I turned off the monitor and put the computer in sleep mode for a little while. When I returned and turned both systems on, there was no picture. Just a statement saying the monitor was going into power saving mode. I tried unplugging and replugging the monitor back in and that didn't work. I got the same problem after connecting the computer to a different monitor so I suspect it's the desktop. I also get the same problem using the HDMI port instead. The only thing that seems to fix this is by doing a cold shut down and restart of the desktop. Can anyone tell me what the problem is under these circumstances?

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Win 10 Home System has (C:) 512GB boot SSD; initially a (D:) 2TB HDD & (E:) DVD ... Added (2) additional HDD and changed their drive letters to (D:) & (E:), moved 2TB to (F:) and DVD to (G:) ... Card Reader drive letters moved farther down the alphabet ... Everything works great - except the E: drive Icon (now a HDD) has what appears to be a card reader or DVD Icon and I'm not finding a way to change the Icon to represent a HDD like the others. If I move the (E:) HDD, to another available drive letter, the correct icon appears, but not on (E:) ... Any help would be appreciated ...? Dell support form India(?) has been horrible ... I've had my call dropped a couple times already with no call back ... Other than poor overseas tech support, the computer has been beyond my expectations ... Since it replaced a Dell XPS Gen 5, circa 2004!!! This Is my 6th Dell system, but first UEFI - Thanks in advance ...

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it's on their routers and wireless cards. it claims to make your connection go faster or whatever. does it work?
 

A:is Linksys "SpeedBooster" technology on wireless equipment worth the extra $$?

Maybe, maybe not. I would personally go with N routers. All the SpeedBooster does is use frame compression, which allows for more data to be sent per packet, but not really a speed increase. But yes, it has shown to increase speed for G clients up to 10% or so.
 

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I'm looking to buy one of the Sapphire Radeon 9800 cards. I noticed that there's a $30 difference between the pro and non-pro variants. What are the differences and what is the extra $30 covering? For simplicity, let's just say I'm buying the bulk version.

To add to the details, I'm upgrading so I can play Half-Life 2. Any recommendations for video hardware that fall below $250 are welcome.
 

A:What makes video cards "pro?" Is it worth the extra $30?

i recommend 6200 oc or 6600 oc or gt, depending on where you shop. i know in the agp cards, the difference between pro and regular was the extended agp brakcet thingy. there would be a sticker at the end of your agp slot that would say: remove if using pro...or something like that. the pro would generally be able to work on higher clock speeds but im still not very sure of that technology now...you know it keeps changing
 

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I have had my dell for about 3 years the specs are
1.5 ghz p4
dell mobo
250 ps
384 mb ram
40 gb hdd
ati rage 128
i plan on transfereing everything to another case but i don't know if this is possible because i have heard the dell motherboard is unmovable. i need a new case because the dell has only 3 fans ps, cpu, exhaust and i need more cooling because even an upgrade to a 9600 it wil freeze up if i ply battlefield or anything.
 

A:Upgrades for dell?

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can the motherboard, harddrive and processor be upgraded and how big can I go for the dell 2400
 

A:Upgrades for the Dell 2400

2.4 Ghz celeron
 

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Please move to right Forums section if in wrong one.

I've read some threads already on this but i recently ordered a 8600GTS PCI-E x16 card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814143113

First off the stock PSU in this dell is a 305W.
I want to upgrade my PSU no matter what. BUT the dell rep didnt tell me anything tha twas compatible. Cause he wanted me to buy from dell :-\

I hear from others that it is a Standard BTX PSU. But i fear something burning out if i get a new one.

1st concern... Will most power supplies fit?
2nd... Will it burn my mobo out with too much wattage
3rd... People say Dell PSUs are not universal.

Please give me your input
I have seen Compiler post some about E521s but not sure on results

I do regret buying this system heh.
 

A:Dell E521 Upgrades.

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my 1525 is running W7-64 really well, but that os isn't mentioned in the list for updating drivers. Does it matter? I've had 1 that actually just spit it out...refused. Also, keep getting problems w/drivers for Base System Device. Friend told me it's usually a Ricoh card. That sound right for my Inspiron? Can I replace it? Thx, newbie in b.c.

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Hello, not sure if I should post here or not but I guess it's related to hardware. I just recently (couple of days ago) purchased a CPU package off the Dell website. Specs are

Inspiron 531,Athlon 64 X2 5000+ (2.60GHz, 512Kx2)
1GB DDR2 SDRAM at 667MHz
256MB NVIDIA GeForce 8600GT- DDR3
250GB SATA II Hard Drive (7200RPM)
X-Fi PCI Sound Card
48X CDRW/DVD COMBO and 16X DVD+/-RW Drive

Not familar with Dell, but now with after Thanks Giving sales coming, are Dell cases viable for adding in additional hard drives or dvd/cd drives?

Also on memory (my main concern), is there any recommendations cause I plan to get 2-4g worth, but not sure what brand, what type to purchase that would be compatible.

Thanks
 

A:New Purchased CPU off Dell (Need Help on Certain Upgrades)

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A couple days ago, I placed an order for a Dell Inspiron SE 17r 7720, and I am wondering what kinds of upgrades I can put into this laptop, so I'll just run through what's on my mind.
1.  Can I install more than one HDD?  Can I use RAID?
2.  Can I install a SSD (probably a 256gb SSD) in the Sata III slot and still use the mSATA 32gb SSD as a cache drive?  Would this even be useful or make the computer faster if the main drive is already an SSD and not just a regular HDD? 
3.  Can I upgrade the processor in the future?  I am especially interested in the i7-3820qm.  Also, can I overclock these processors (both the i7-3610qm and the i7-3820qm) beyond their turbo speed are set at by default?  Please don't give me the answer "but the turbo speed is already overclocking the processor."
4.  Can I upgrade the graphics card in the future?  Even to other nvidia cards such as the GeForce GTX 680M?
5.  What is the maximum supportable RAM in this particular model?
The reason why I got this particular laptop and not just a laptop that already had these upgrades is because I really value this laptop for its 1080p 120hz 17.3" 3D screen while considering its price point, which is about half of what the Alienware one costs if I were to want the 3D screen in that model.  I figure I can upgrade my laptop myself, sell off the parts I don't need and come well under the $2499 it would cost me for ... Read more

A:Possible upgrades for Dell Inspiron SE 17r 7720?

1.  Yes.  RAID, only with mSATA + hard drive.
2.  Yes.
3.  Yes
4.  No.
5.  Officially 8G but some report 16G will work.

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I have a old dell inspiron 6000 that I want to upgrade but don't know where to start or how to go about it. I want to upgrade the core with more GHz, upgrade the screen with better resolution, and install a wireless card. Problem is I don't what parts to get that would work or if any would and I plan on doing it myself so tips would be appreciated. I'm trying to upgrade for PC games because my desktop got stolen. So I need more space I guess.
 

A:Dell inspiron 6000 upgrades?

The Dell Inspiron 6000 is a low-end laptop that's several years old and worth less than $100.00.

It's NOT a gaming laptop and can't be upgraded to work as one.

If you want a gaming computer, you need to buy or build one that has the hardware to support the demands of gaming.

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​Hi, I'm looking to purchase a couple upgrades for my ancient Dell Dimension 2400. Right off the bat, let me state that I am fully aware how old this system is, and that it is very limited (e.g. it only has PCI slots, no AGP or PCI-E). I am also aware that for the money I propose to spend, I could get a new, much faster computer. Having said that, I am not interested in doing so.
I Have 2GB of RAM, with as much hard drive space as I need. I have a 2.4 GHZ Celeron processor and a 64 MB integrated graphics chip, and a standard power supply, which I believe is 200 or 250W. I am running Windows XP SP3.
My first proposed upgrade is from my 2.4 GHZ Celeron to a 3.06 GHZ Pentium 4.
http://www.compuvest.com/Desc.jsp;jsessionid=c1b1f271ce88f0f68ef02e71b91e?iid=846286
My second proposed upgrade is a Sparkle GeForce 9500 GT 1024 MB PCI graphics card.
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=5771192&CatId=1603
My questions are, will these parts be compatible with my computer, and will I need a bigger power supply for them? The graphics card says it needs a 400W PCI-E compliant power system, and a PCI-E power connector. I have also been looking at the following replacement power supply:
http://www.cputopia.com/hp-480w-dell-dimension-2400.html
Do I need this, and will it work with the card, or at all? It also seems surprisingly cheap, should I be worried about that? Also, would overclocking any parts of this computer totally destroy ... Read more

A:Dell Dimension 2400 upgrades

All the above parts will be compatible with your computer. However, you may need to flash your BIOS for the P4 CPU to be supported. You will also require the 480W PSU in order to be able to run the 9500GT.

As for overclocking, it's not going to net you any sufficient gains on that system.
 

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Hi,
I want to upgrade my Dell Dimension E520.
my current specs are:
Intel Pentium D 925
4Gb RAM
Nvidia 7300LE 256mb
750Gb HD
Windows Vista Home Premium 32bit

Components that I am going to buy:
Nvidia 9500GT 1gb
Intel Core 2 Duo 7600
Creative X-Fi Xtreme Audio PCI Express
Windows Vista Ultimate 64bit

Thats all i'm just curious should I get a better PSU

Thanks

A:Upgrades to my Dell Dimension E520

Hello knightslay2,
You should check to see if your PSU has proprietary connectors, as I thought most/all Dell PSU?s had proprietary connectors.
What is the size of your current PSU ?.

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Just thought you should know...
Dell says that you can't put more then 1 GB of RAM in your Dell Dimension 4500 and no Processer higher then a 2.8GHz Northwood--soo not true!
You can put 2x1GB of PC2100 DDR Low-Density, Non-ECC, Unbuffered RAM and the BIOS sees it right away, not only that, you can put a Pentium 4, 3.06 Ghz 512k/533 Northwood in it too and the BIOS sees it. The only problem I had is that the Dell BIOS update A04 dose not see the Hyper-Threding tech of the chip. Someone told me that if you have an earlier BIOS it might work or reinstall the op sys it might also work--I'm not going to do that, but if you want to let me know what happens--I'm sure that if the BIOS can't see it then the op sys can't, and do you really want to mess with your BIOS? Very happy with my upgrade, I spent a lot of hours looking into what could be done for this ol' Dell and I've done a great job, not only did I update the mem and the Pentium I also added a FSP460-60GLC 460W Power Supply and a "HIS" IceQ H467QS1GHA Radeon HD 4670 1GB 128-bit DDR3 AGP 4X/8X HDCP Ready Video Card. Whatching HiDef is awsome! No lag as long as you aren't multi-tasking--I don't think it can handle new games, too much to ask, but if you want to make your ol' Dimension kick it up a few notches--go for it!
 

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Fastest processor for me I've ever had, but then hard drive frizzed & not too happy with used replacement. Is 7200 rpm the best one can get for this machine? Would like larger hd than 40g I've got with 20 2nd. Suggested to do repartioning c: apps, d: os, e: storage with 2nd drive f: paging file g: storage?
I have 1.250gig memory and the motherboard video.
And and all suggestions welcome, especially to internet speed 350 mghz here in rural Wyoming - Is broadband faster, if they ever get it here?)
And if ANYBODY knows why Mozilla 3.5 keeps crashing... Never did that before.... Some of my anti-virus stuff, maybe?
On the cheap... Lucky to find this one at the dump...
You CAN clean out a computer with a long hot shower and a suntan.
 

A:Suggested upgrades for new used Dell 2400?

There are some 10,000 rpm drives, but not cheap.
Can always replace 40GB with larger capacity drive.
80,120,160,250 or more. Depends on finances and availability at your location.
 

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I also just got a Dell Precision T5400 workstation dual Xeno  (2008)
I only have one CPU and want to add a second. I hope it has 
"Quad Core Xeon Proc E5430, 2.66GHz, 2X6MB L2 Cache,1333MHz"
I think it has the 09 bios should I upgrade to 011?
Will this machine take a upgrade Xeon that would be nice to get an even faster chip but can live with "two" of the current chip
I also want to add dual graphics cards. Is this possible? The manual says this 2008 machine has "
nVidia Quadro FX1700 512MB dual DVI Graphics Card, Dell Precision T3400"
What would be the best upgrade if any or would adding another FX1700 due the trick I do a lot of video work and am moving up to 4K

Thanks for any advice gentlemen  
Tito Pagan 
wanabe be expert 

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I have a Dell Dimension 4300, it has a 1.6 ghz processor 640mb ram everything else is stock. I want to upgrade to run command and conquer 3. i know that my processor is below requirement as is my video card. I'm looking at an Intel centreno or pentium 4 both of which are 2.0ghz or better, will they fit without changing the motherboard. For the video card i'm looking at the nvidea geforce 6800,but then the power supply will be too small (250 watt). What should i look for in wattage for the new power supply.
 

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Hi there,

this is my 1st post and i do not know if i got the right place. Mod feel free to move my thread.

i have a super old computer and thinking of upgrading it to a decent running machine, will be dismantling it myself and DIY upgrade so i appreciate a step by step help from you guys.

I know nuts about PC so this would be a great experience fro me.

Below are the desktop specifications.

Model: Acer M1100, bought in 2006
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Enterprise , Service Pack 1, 32 bit
Processor: AMD Athlon(tm) 64 Processor 3500+, x64 Family 15 Model 95 Stepping 2
Processor Count: 1
RAM: 767 Mb
Graphics Card: ATI Radeon X1200 Series (Microsoft Corporation - WDDM) , 256 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 38154 MB, Free - 7042 MB; D: Total - 38154 MB, Free - 23306 MB;
Motherboard: Acer , F690GVM , ,
Antivirus: AVG Internet Security 2011, Updated and Enabled

What I have in hand:

Power Supply: iCute Power Supply 500W & Bestec Power Supply 240W
RAM: Kingston 2gb DDR3
Graphics Card: ASUS EAH5670 1GB
DVD: Sony DVDRW 24x Sata
Hard Disk: WD 500GB HDD

So, with the above items what are the decent compatible motherboard and processor should i buy, any suggestion?

Mind my broken english, it's my 4th language
 

A:upgrades of old desktop

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I am finally going wireless after alot of talk about it and I need to know if its worth the extra $300 or so to go 802.11a instead of 802.11b. I am moving into a 3 floor house and I will need access from top to bottom. Im swaying towards "a" but I need to know if its worth the extra money..
 

A:802.11b vs. 802.11a --- Is "a" worth the extra money?

Well, I just ordered the complete Linksys setup with the 4 Port Wireless Router and the wireless pcmcia nic adapter. Its all 802.11b. Amazon had a sweet deal going..I paid 215.00 shipped for everything. About 4 months ago a friend of mine paid 299.00 for just the router!

Prices are coming down quick on this stuff..802.11a is available but the only one I could find is the Proxim brand which is supposed to be really good. It would have cost me around 500.00 for the complete setup..Thanks anyways.
 

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Hi, peoplei need to upgrade my laptop but i don`t know could it run with 16GB of RAMi have Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-3337U CPU @ 1.80GHz on a boardthanks

A:DELL Inspiron 3721-1457 upgrades from 8 to 16 GB of RAM

It can - you'll need a pair of 8G each DDR3L modules:
www.crucial.com/.../CT4101033

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Hello there,

I'm trying to upgrade my wife's computer; the problem, however, is that she's running on a Dell XPS system that's about... two years, this December. The general specs:

CPU: Intel Pentium D 820 2.8Ghz
RAM: 1Gb DDR2
Video Card: 512Mb GeForce 7300GT

I'm trying to upgrade her system since we game a bit. Everything was fine until she started looking at Age of Conan. At the very least I know she needs more memory. I have a feeling she'll need a video card upgrade, but I'm going to do one thing at a time and start with the less expensive memory upgrade.

That being said, I'm having a little trouble getting the information I need to be certain I get compatible memory, and eventually, a compatible card. I just downloaded and ran CPU-Z to get some more specific information, but the damn motherboard is apparently made by Dell.

Dell 0YC523
Chipset: Intel i945P/PL/G/GZ

I'd like to bump her up to 4 gigs. She has four slots, but on the new computer I just built only two of the four slots seemed designed to accommodate normal memory. If her motherboard is the same then I'll need to buy 2 sticks of 2GB, instead of 2 sticks of 1GB.

So, I guess my question is, can her motherboard accommodate 4 sticks of memory, or only 2? Regardless of how many modules I can use, what kind of memory would you suggest?

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A:Dell Motherboard: Trying to find some information for upgrades

This is the nest memory really and guaranteed to match:
www.crucial.com
That's all she needs or I should say what will provide the best boost and if you put your model in, the configurator will show you what you can use.
Although 7300 GT is a weak card for gaming. You can pick up an 8600GT well priced these days under $100 with 512 ram onboard and various rebate deals that would also be a good idea.
 

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Hi guys,

I have a problem on my computer, Dell Dimension 3000, after I upgraded the new PCI graphics card yesterday. I followed the steps by step guides that came with the product, and it's working fine and good. However, when I play games online for a long time, the graphics are starting to get all messed up. I bought the nViDiA GeForce 8400 GS Graphics Card with 512 MB DDR2. Before buying this graphics card, I have been browsing the Internet about what to buy and such, but when I went to Best Buy, they told me this is the only graphics card that can work with my Dell Dimension 3000, so I bought it anyway.
So my question to you guys, "Is this a good graphics card for my computer or shall i buy a better one online?" Please tell me what you think, and by the way, one thing confused me is that in my computer, there is 3 slots of PCI card slot, but when I put the new Graphics card, they asked me to replace the old one with a new one. So I don't know if I should have left it there and install the new one on the other slot since there's 3 slots anyway? Is it also the reason why my graphics card is acting all crazy?
And for my last question is, "Should I get a new Power Supply for my Computer?
" because I heard with the new graphics card, a new power supply is needed with at least around 400-500 Watts. But, others also say that power supply can't be upgraded easily because it is attached to the motherb... Read more

A:Dell Dimension 3000 Upgrades Problems

Hi 6one9,

After taking a brief glimpse of the computer specs and the card specs, it looks like the card is actually a PCI-e interface as opposed to the Dell Dimension 3000 which only has PCI expansion slots.

That aside, the card you bought is a decent card that should play all games at a moderate graphic level. The power supply that you have seems to do the job. If you needed one, you would notice right away when the computer would not start up.

What is the service tag on the computer?
 

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Are there any graphics cards uogrades for a Dimension 3100 desktop pc, also can I improve my CPU?
 

A:Are there any upgrades for a Dell Dimension 3100 (eg. graphics)

You have a PCIe video card slot, so you can upgrade to a PCIe video card. What version of Windows? XP? The CPU is a Pentium 4 that supports hyperthreading. What is your processors speed now? You should max out the system RAM to 2GB using 2-1GB sticks of DDR2 533MHz RAM. The power supply is 230 Watts, you may want to increase to a 350 Watt or higher
 

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today i just finished fixing my old xp desktop what upgrades can i do?

OS: windows xp 32 bit service pack 3
CPU: intel pentium 4 northwood 0.13um technology
RAM: 512MB
Motherboard: gigabyte technolgy 8i865GME
Graphics: 128mb RADEON 9200 series
HARD DRIVE: 80gb maxtor 6y080l0
optical drive: NCE DVD_RW ND-2500A
Audio: Realtek AC'97 Audio

any surgestions?

A:fixed xp desktop what upgrades can i do?

If staying with XP, another 512 MB of ram if you can find it cheap. If going with Windows 7, leave it alone as anything needed (new video card, that old 9200 would have to use XP drivers; and take the ram to 2 GB, 1 GB would do but 2 definitely better) will cost more than the whole computer is worth.

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