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Recommended PSU upgrade for XPS 8700?

Q: Recommended PSU upgrade for XPS 8700?

Like a lot of folks, I bought a new video card (GTX 960) only to find the PSU insufficient to boot up and run the machine.
I had a Rosewill 870W PSU but it's far too large for the XPS 8700 case, it bumps against the DVD/Blu Ray drive so I bought a new one. A Corsair 750.
On the chance this is also too large, does anyone have recommendations for PSU upgrades?

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A: Recommended PSU upgrade for XPS 8700?

The stock PSU is fine for a GTX 960. Secure Boot must be OFF , Legacy CSM and option roms must be ON.
And Bios must be at least version A10.
Dell XPS 8700 System BIOS update "A11", Fixes: , Enhancements: "Support Win10 OS."Dell XPS 8700 System BIOS update "A10", Fixes: "GTX900 Series Video Black Screen.", Enhancements: "Enhanced system usability."Dell XPS 8700 System BIOS update "A08", Fixes: , Enhancements: "Enhance USB3.0 capabilities."


The A10 bios is here and on the XPS 8700 page here.* Download/Save the file to the windows desktop* Before running A10, I would install the prior Bios in order* Disconnect any external hard drives, keys, printer, scanner, etc. You only want the USB mouse, USB keyboard, LAN, monitor connected* Run the executable from Windows* Allow the system to complete the installation and restart automatically. Do not force a restart or power off===============================

NEW thread started to discuss XPS 8700 Nvidia GTX video card upgradesPlace holder for new thread to discuss XPS 8700 AMD video card upgrades===============================

We and Nvidia are looking into the issue, but understand, we only "test/validate" those video cards in my list. Our warranty does not cover non-OEM video cards NOT on our list. Ultimately, it will be up to the XPS 8700 Team and our Legal Team to decide if Dell is going to allocate resources to fix an issue with non-validated, non-tested 3rd party hardware. All I can do is funnel the data to them. Below are the Dell validated/tested OEM video cards for the XPS 8700 and our 460w power supply =

8MXMJ Nvidia GeForce GTX750Ti P123N, 2GB, DVI-I/DVI-D/mHDMITC2P0 Nvidia GeForce GTX745 M302N, 4GB, DVI-I/DP/HDMI9YJWT Nvidia GeForce GT720 M211N, 1GB, VGA/DVI-D/HDMIFPDH3 Nvidia GeForce GTX660 D15P2-40 V2, 1.5GB, DVI-I/DVI-D/DP/HDMI, (Win 8) 2CHCY Nvidia GeForce GTX660 D14P2-40, 1.5GB, DVI-I/DVI-D/DP/HDMI, (Win 8)8C3R5 Nvidia GeForce GTX650Ti P122N, 1GB, DVI-I/DVI-D/mHDMI9168H Nvidia GeForce GTX645 OHGA4/M301N, 1GB, DVI-I/DP/HDMIR5H2D Nvidia GeForce GT635 M210N, 1GB, VGA/DVI-D/HDMI

9KYFK AMD Radeon R9 270 RD14D-P1-70, 2GB, DVI-I/DVI-D/DP/HDMIWNMHJ AMD Radeon HD8870, 2GB, DVI-I/mDP/mDP/HDMI51NCR AMD Radeon HD7570 M209A, 1GB, DVI-I/HDMI (Win 8)

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My system came with a R9 270 which I want to replace with a Sapphire Dual X R9 R280x.
That card needs a 6pin and an 8pin connection and the manufacturer's site say a 500W PSU is advised.
So, I'm concerned that I get a new PSU that fits my case, has the right connectors for all the 8700 components, and is say north of 600W.
Could anyone point me in the right direction.
My system info is......
Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-4790 CPU @ 3.60GHz, 3601 Mhz, 4 Core(s), 8 Logical Processor(s)

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Hi, Can i install a Gigabyte gtx 970 in a Dell XPS 8700, changing the Power supply To 750w? GPU is 312 mm long, is there available space inside the case?Which power supply can i use?

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Hi,  Can i install a Gigabyte gtx 970 in a Dell XPS 8700, changing the Power supply To 750w?
GPU is 312 mm long, is there available space inside the case?Which power supply can  i use?

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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.


Model Number
XPS 8700

Product Name
Dell XPS 8700

Product Type

Processor & Chipset

Processor Manufacturer

Processor Type
I7 4th Generation

Processor Model

Processor Speed
3.6 GHz

Maximum Turbo Speed
4.0 GHz

Processor Core
4 cores (Quad Core)

8 MB

Direct Media Interface
5 GT/s

64-bit Processing


vPro Technology


Standard Memory
16 GB

Memory Technology

Memory Standard


Hard Drive Capacity
1 TB

Hard Drive Interface
Serial ATA

Hard Drive RPM

Optical Drive Type

Optical Media Supported


Graphics Controller Manufacturer

Graphics Controller Model
GTX 745 4Gb

Graphics Memory Technology

Graphics Memory Accessibility

Network & Communication

Wireless LAN

Ethernet Technology
Fast Ethernet


Display Port

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Would this RAM work?
G.SKILLSeriesRipjaws X SeriesModelF3-1600C9D-16GXM
Capacity16GB (2 x 8GB)Type240-Pin DDR3 SDRAMSpeedDDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)CAS Latency9Timing9-9-9-24Voltage1.5VECCNoBuffered/RegisteredUnbufferedMulti-channel KitDual Channel Kit
Current config below...

Manufacturer Dell Inc.
Model 0KWVT8 (CPU 1)Version A00Chipset Vendor IntelChipset Model HaswellChipset Revision 06Southbridge Vendor IntelSouthbridge Model Z87Southbridge Revision C1BIOSBrand Dell Inc.Version A11Date 7/9/2015VoltageCPU CORE 1.764 VDRAM 1.500 V+12V 12.240 V+5V 5.076 VVIN6 2.208 V+3.3V 3.312 VCMOS BATTERY 3.144 VPCI DataSlot PCI-ESlot Type PCI-ESlot Usage In UseData lanes x16Slot Designation PCIE1Characteristics 3.3V, Shared, PMESlot Number 0
Slot PCI-ESlot Type PCI-ESlot Usage AvailableData lanes x1Slot Designation PCIE2Characteristics 3.3V, Shared, PMESlot Number 1Slot PCI-ESlot Type PCI-ESlot Usage AvailableData lanes x1Slot Designation PCIE3Characteristics 3.3V, Shared, PMESlot Number 2Slot PCI-ESlot Type PCI-ESlot Usage AvailableData lanes x1Slot Designation PCIE4Characteristics 3.3V, Shared, PMESlot Number 3

RAMMemory slotsTotal memory slots 4Used memory slots 2Free memory slots 2MemoryType DDR3Size 8192 MBytesChannels # DualDRAM Frequency 798.1 MHzCAS# Latency (CL) 11 clocksRAS# to CAS# Delay (tRCD) 11 clocksRAS# Precharge (tRP) 11 clocksCycle Time (tRAS) 28 clocksCommand Rate (CR) 1TPhysical MemoryMemory Usage 46 %Total Physical ... Read more

A:RAM upgrade XPS 8700

If you are planning on just adding another 16GB be advised mixing brands/types does not work many times.  I tried that on my home built desktop and with ASUS motherboard and an i7 6700K CPU.  I had some G Skill Ripsaws and some Corsair Dominator.  They wouldn't work together, either the G Skill only or the Corsair only worked OK.
FWIW, here is the Crucial listing of memory for the XPS 8700.  Crucial is guaranteed to work in Dell's but again I would advise against mixing memory, keep it all the same brand/type.

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Hi everyone, I am newbie here. Recently I need to upgrade my ram on XPS8700. And I went to Best Buy and bought a "PNY - 2-Pack 8GB PC3-12800 DDR3 DIMM Unbuffered Non-ECC Desktop Memory Kit". It does not work, computer can not power on with flashing orange lights.
So I went to Crucial website, it recommends me to use a DDR3L RAM. I saw all the DDR3Ls are for laptops. Could it be used in my desktop? And my current RAM is Hyundai. Could it be mixed with other brand like Crucial or Kingston?
My pc specs:
i7 4770
GTX 645
Dell Inc. 0KWVT8 mobo

A:Dell XPS 8700 RAM upgrade

Laptops first started using DDR3L which is why the market is flooded with it, however you just need to look for the desktop version for your computer.  If you go to crucial they should have an auto test that will detect the correct ram for your machine and give you the list of options you can pick from.  

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I'm looking at upgrading my memory from 8 GB to 32 GB and was wondering if anyone knows if the Kingston HyperX FURY 16GB Kit (2x8GB) 1600MHz DDR3 CL10 DIMM will work?


A:XPS 8700 Memory Upgrade...

It's not what Kingston recommends for this model.  This is:

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Hello,I'm interested in upgrading the memory on my XPS 8700 Special Edition.From what I read in the spec sheet the memory must be:Connectors: four internally-accessible DDR3L DIMM socketsType: unbuffered, Non-ECC, quad?channel DDR3Speed: up to 1600 MHzCapacities 4 GB and 8 GB Configurations supported 4 GB, 8 GB, 12 GB, 16 GB, 24 GB and 32 GB Minimum: 4 GBMaximum: 32 GBWhat I'm looking at buying is:
Crucial Ballistix Tactical 32GB (4 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3L 1600 (PC3L 12800) Low Profile Desktop Memory Model BLT4K8G3D1608ET3LX0

Cas Latency: 8
Voltage: 1.35V
Multi-channel Kit: Quad Channel Kit
Timing: 8-8-8-24
Model #: BLT4K8G3D1608ET3LX0
Item #: N82E16820148659
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
From what I can tell this matches the spec requirements. I'd like to max out what the board can take: 32 GB (8GB x 4) @ 1600 MHz. Can anyone confirm if this will be a good upgrade?

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I'm looking to upgrade my Dell XPS 8700's gpu (GTX 745) to an RX 470. Is the card compatible?
Card : www.amazon.com/.../ref=sr_1_1

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Can I upgrade my processor I have a Intel(R)core(tm)i7-4770 3.40GHZ  3.40GHZ if so what could I install? Thank You

A:XPS 8700 processor upgrade

You are limited to the Haswell (4xxx) CPUs - there are a few that are slightly faster but it's not likely to be attractive from a price/performance standpoint.

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can i upgrade my XPS 8700 with a Nvidia GeForce GTX 745 to a Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 such as the ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1070 8 GB DDR5 mini ?

A:XPS 8700 graphic card upgrade

Hello!  You won't be able to use those cards unless you upgrade the power supply unit.  The PSU is generally around 430W stock.  You might be able to find a 1060 that falls within that parameter.  

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Trying to buy step son a graphics card for his pc . However he doesn't have a clue apparently about what that pc is actually capable of using. He asked for nvida geforce 950 FTW.  Will someone please tell me if it's possible? His current card gt 720. It's a 6 pin we believe.

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Hello, I had a XPS 8700, an old model to be honest. It had a GT635 1GB and an i7 4770k, 8GB RAM etc.
So, I've asked before in a few websites, including here about upgrading. I've bought a GTX 1050 2gb, and only that. I still have the MoBo from Dell and the processor that came with the computer.
So, from the day I bought the video card I'm suffering from a problem which I believe that is hardware related, because I have already tested almost everything. The upgrade was a perfect hit, I'm running almost every new game on favorable settings and perfomance. But the real problem is, in every game, even on the games which don't require high hardware, I'm suffering from stutters, freezes that occurs all the time and have a duration of 1 to 2 seconds. They happen every 5 seconds of playtime, and I've asked in more than 3 websites since the two last months (when I upgraded the GPU.) 
I don't think the GPU is the problem as I've tested on another computer and didn't have any problems. So I think it is related to my computer. Last week I ran dell complete diagnostic program and it didn't find any problems. Nothing is overheating when I monitor the temps. CPU Usage is normal too. Memory isn't the problem either, so my last resort is to ask here, and I hope you guys can help me. I've always been satisfied with Dell, and they support for upgrades. So I hope we can solve this.

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Hi everyone, I am newbie here. Recently I need to upgrade my ram on XPS8700. And I went to Best Buy and bought a "PNY - 2-Pack 8GB PC3-12800 DDR3 DIMM Unbuffered Non-ECC Desktop Memory Kit". It does not work, computer can not power on with flashing orange lights.
So I went to Crucial website, it recommends me to use a DDR3L RAM. I saw all the DDR3Ls are for laptops. Could it be used in my desktop? And my current RAM is Hyundai. Could it be mixed with other brand like Crucial or Kingston?
My pc specs:
i7 4770
GTX 645
Dell Inc. 0KWVT8 mobo

A:Dell XPS 8700 RAM upgrade or addition

Hi Estwr2014
Thanks for writing to us.
Please use this part# for an 8GB memory module :: 66GKY
Do provide us your system tag#, email address and name via private message,by clicking on my name in blue and then select send a private message.
You can mix different makes of modules

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Hello all,
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.

A:Attn: XPS 8700 Owners - Upgrade!!

Missing photo of GTX.

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so I want to upgrade my current CPU to a i7 7700K inside my XPS 8700, but I was wondering is it still possible and will work just fine? I haven't seen anyone do a 8700 upgrade with a i7 7700k, and was wondering if the mobo is even compatible with the 7700k. Haha I am a PCNewbie, and don't want to make any mistake. If not possible, shall I upgrade the motherboard? But however if it does work, will I need to upgrade my Dell 460w PSU? If so, can you link me any good models I should go for?
Also, I look to do some video editing/rendering, and is 12gb fine for that? 16 is what people say is good, however is it really a big difference?

Anyone wondering what model my XPS 8700 is, can't find the exact link or anything, but I know it had:
GT 635  (I upgraded to GTX 970)
i7 4770
12gb Ram

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I'm looking to replace the GTX 745 in my desktop because it's complete *** for gaming. Will an RX 470 be compatible?
Card : www.amazon.com/.../ref=sr_1_1

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Hi I have a Dell XPS 8700 i7

I do a lot of Drafting and Design in 3D. This tends to slow down the CPU
My question is will these 3 Upgrades work for me ?

Thanks for your Help

Dan Welch
< email address removed >

Western Digital WD Blue 1TB 2.5" SATA III SSD (WDS100T1B0A)

Zotac GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB 128-bit GDDR5 (ZT-P10510A-10L)

Corsair Vengeance LPX 32GB (2x16GB) DDR4 DRAM 2666MHz (PC4-21300) C16 Memory Kit - Black

Designed for high-performance overclocking
Designed for great looks
Performance and Compatibility
Low-profile heat spreader design
Brand : Corsair

A:Dell XPS 8700 Upgrade Questions

I have a Dell XPS 8700 i7
My question is will these 3 Upgrades work for me ?
Western Digital WD Blue 1TB 2.5" SATA III SSD (WDS100T1B0A)
Zotac GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB 128-bit GDDR5 (ZT-P10510A-10L)
Corsair Vengeance LPX 32GB (2x16GB) DDR4 DRAM 2666MHz (PC4-21300) C16 Memory Kit - BlackClick to expand...

According to its support site, the Dell XPS 8700 desktop supports a maximum of 32 GB(8 GB X 4) of DDR3-1600 RAM.
DDR4-2666 speed and 16 GB capacity modules won't work in it.


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Hello people.I'm not tech savvy.So I can't really know about that PCI 2.0 or 3.0 stuff, or what PSU W my computer has.All I know, is that even though I love it, and it's never failed me, it's falling a little short now for some stuff, for instance: gaming.So, I was thinking a video card upgrade was in order, before I actually get to the point where I have to just get a new CPU. Right now, I can't afford it, so video upgrade sounds like the best option.Anyway, everything in the box is factory original. I know it's an i5 and it has 8GB of ram. A 1 TB drive. And it's still running win 8.1 64bits (I'm not convinced yet about Win 10).If I go to a place like amazon, I get overwhelmed with video card options, and it's just impossible to know what will actually work.I have read stuff about PSU, and PCI, that's why I mentioned it, but honestly, I wouldn't know what actually works.I'm  hoping to find something under $200, with (hopefully) 4GB of ram? I edit video and do 3d from time to time, and as mentioned above, game.Most of my work is in Photoshop and other design apps.I run dual monitors, so a dual display card would be awesome, hopefully in the same type of analog or digital connection (for balanced color display purposes).So... any ideas? I'm being very specific, but I think that's a good thing, right?Anyway, thanks for any help! I'm hoping I can get at least one more year out of this GREAT computer!I found th... Read more

A:Video card upgrade for XPS 8700 i3

GT 740 is a lackluster card. two major generations back ( there was no 8xx series for desktop cards)
I suggest a GTX 1060, or possibly a GTX 1050 ti
The 1060 comes in 3GB and 6GB versions.
www.bhphotovideo DOT com/c/product/1275083-REG/msi_geforce_gtx_1060_gaming.html
www.bhphotovideo DOT com/c/product/1292076-REG/msi_gtx_1050_ti_gaming_x_4g_geforce_gtx_1050_ti.html
Both will work with the OEM power supply in the 8500.

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I have a XPS 8700 with a GTX 745M card and a D460AM-02 power supply.

I am looking to upgrade to a GTX 1060.

Will I need to upgrade my power supply?
If so, can someone recommend a power supply that will work with XPS 8700 and the GTX 1060 card?
Thank you.

A:XPS 8700 Power and GPU Card Upgrade Question.

stock PSU will work. some 1060s have 8 pin PCI power and need an adapter. Some include the adapter from two six to one eight.

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Hello, I'm totally new to pretty much all of this, but I bought a Dell XPS 8700 Desktop with a AMD Radeon 7570 about 4 or 5 years ago and at the time didn't know anything about computers at all.
Since then however I've learned quite a bit about Hardware but I'm definitely a novice still, I've only ever upgraded a couple Laptop Hard Drives, nothing major like this.
I was wondering if anybody could give me some tips or Suggestions on what Graphics card I can or should use I could really use the help.
If it helps here's my Specs PDF
downloads.dell.com/.../xps-8700_reference guide_en-us.pdf

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I tripped across this video where a Cryorig H7 was added to an XPS 8900 and thought I'd share. I did not think it would fit, and the video shows an innovative way to work around the screws in the backing mount.

A:XPS 8700/8900 CPU cooler upgrade video

I want to also add ( and Mods, please delete if this is not OK) that the H7 is on sale for $30 at new egg, which is a heck of a deal. 
I ordered two and intend to upgrade the cpu cooler / fan in the two 8700s that are used for gaming.
I'll post some pics when they are installed.

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Tried to upgrade Windows 7 Pro to Windows 10. Everything worked except Bluetooth. The Intel 7260 AC/BT mini card shows up under USB devices as unknown device,. I've found many other threads of this problem but no solutions. Also, the "search" function in control panel never works either. Some type of language problem. That seems more windows 10 related but has anyone else gotten BT to work on an 8700 win 10 upgrade?

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Could someone give me some specific links, perferalby on amazon, to the RAM i'd need to upgrade my current machine Dell XPS 8700 X8700-3312BLK Desktp, which has 16 in 4 slots (of course) to 32?
I'd like to do it as cheap as possible.

A:Which 32 RAM upgrade for Dell XPS 8700 X8700-3312BLK

Could someone give me some specific links, perferalby on amazon, to the RAM i'd need to upgrade my current machine Dell XPS 8700 X8700-3312BLK Desktp, which has 16 in 4 slots (of course) to 32?
I'd like to do it as cheap as possible.

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My son was planning to upgrade the GTX745 in his Dell XPS8700 to a new card. After checking online, we found that before installing the card we needed to upgrade the BIOS in the system from the current BIOS (A08) to a new BIOS (A11 for Win 10 systems). We ran the BIOS on the system from within Windows (removed all external connections except Keyboard and Mouse). The BIOS processed through the first few steps and then during the verify process the entire computer shuts down. Now, the computer will not POST at all. I will turn on and stay on for approximately 20 seconds before shutting down before starting the entire process over again. This computer has had zero issues for 2 years and now after installing Dell's BIOS upgrade the entire system is apparently fragged. 
I pull the RAM out of the system and I do get an alert so at least there is some function going on. I have pulled the Nvidia card out of the system and am trying to get a signal off the onboard HDMI port. When I turn on the system I do get an acknowledgment that the monitor knows there is a source there. The monitor wakes from sleep briefly before going back into standby when it does not receive an actual signal in a timely manner 
I know the chances of there being any fixes are slim but I thought I would check with the community and see if anyone has suggestions. I called Dell for kicks and after dealing with someone halfway around the world who obviously had no clue on how to help me, Dell told me t... Read more

A:Dell XPS 8700 does not post after BIOS upgrade

Try clearing BIOS:

Power off and unplug
Press/hold power button for ~15 sec
Open case and remove motherboard battery
Press/hold power button for ~30 sec
Put everything back the way it was originally: reinstall OLD video card and reinstall all RAM
Check all cables and connections to make sure you didn't accidentally dislodge something when you removed the video card 
Reinstall motherboard battery (right-side-up!) - good time for fresh CR2032 battery, ~$2 at discount stores
Close up and see if it boots with only mouse, monitor (connected to add-in video card) and keyboard connected

If it fails to boot with everything the way it was, you'll likely need a new motherboard...

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I have a Dell XPS 8700 system that I need to upgrade the video to drive two 4K Dell monitors.  This is not a gaming system so I would like to keep the cost and power consumption down.  In addition, the ability to drive a third 4K monitor may become important in the future.
The cheapest solution to my problem seems to be the AMD FirePro W4100 2Gb Cards. Unfortunately, these cards are not specifically listed as compatible with the XPS 8700.
Questions:1. Is there any reason why these cards would not work in an XPS 8700?
2. There seems to be multiple versions of the same card being sold by Dell.  In some cases the difference seems to be the bracket height, but otherwise there seems to be no explanation for the price difference.
Any clue why these parts have such different prices, and why the kit versions are cheaper?  Which one would be best for me?
http://www.dell.com/en-us/shop/accessories/apd/490-bcvj  (FH brkt $149)
http://www.dell.com/en-us/shop/accessories/apd/490-bcho   (FH brkt kit $119)
http://www.dell.com/en-us/shop/accessories/apd/490-bcvw   (LP brkt $189)
http://www.dell.com/en-us/shop/accessories/apd/490-bciy    (LP brkt kit $139)
Thanks in advance for the help

A:Dell XPS 8700 and AMD FirePro W4100 Upgrade

Since these are PCI-E 3.0 and DirectX 11 cards  the only issues I see would be SECURE BOOT must be OFF and LEGACY CSM must be ON.
They may also require a Legacy Windows Driver.

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Hi I want to upgrade my Dell 8700 with this video card:

GTX 970 GAMING 4G Geforce GTX 970 Graphic Card

I have the stock PSU that came with the PC, I believe it is only 460 W
I have also have added an addition 3TB Hard Drive to the PC as well

Will my current PSU suffice? or do i need to upgrade my PSU as well? If so, any recommendations?


A:PSU Sufficient for Video Card Upgrade Dell 8700

I do think you will need another power supply. It has been reported that it is better to buy a power supply with a depth of around 5.9". Retail power supplies added to replace the Dell OEM 460w power supply =Seasonic X650 Gold 650wCorsair AX760 ATX 750w

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Hey, my processor is old and slow and it's time for an upgrade. I'm looking for something *substantially better* but not extreme high end. I'm looking to spend around... $250.

This is my rig here, could anyone recommend a CPU upgrade you feel would be reliable and fast for midrange price?

Windows XP SP3

AMD Radeon HD 6850 - 1024MB

ASUSTeK Computer INC. P5K SE Rev 1.xx
Bus Clock: 200 megahertz
BIOS: American Megatrends Inc. 0401 07/19/2007
Realtek Onboard Audio

3328 Megabytes DDR2 RAM

2.00 gigahertz Intel Pentium Dual
64 kilobyte primary memory cache
1024 kilobyte secondary memory cache

A:Recommended CPU upgrade?

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Hey, my processor is old and slow and it's time for an upgrade. I'm looking for something *substantially better* but not extreme high end. I'm looking to spend around... $250.

This is my rig here, could anyone recommend a CPU upgrade you feel would be reliable and fast for midrange price?


Windows XP SP3

AMD Radeon HD 6850 - 1024MB

ASUSTeK Computer INC. P5K SE Rev 1.xx
Bus Clock: 200 megahertz
BIOS: American Megatrends Inc. 0401 07/19/2007
Realtek Onboard Audio

3328 Megabytes DDR2 RAM

2.00 gigahertz Intel Pentium Dual
64 kilobyte primary memory cache
1024 kilobyte secondary memory cache

A:Recommended CPU upgrade?

Your board will support Core 2 Quad processors which should give a bit of a boost.
All depends what you are using it for. For games, more and more are now utilizing more than 2 cores but not all so I wouldn't expect massive improvements. For video editing, 3d modelling etc. you would see a decent performance increase.

Intel Core 2 Quad Q8400 Yorkfield 2.66GHz 4MB L2 Cache LGA 775 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115057 - $181.99

(Your board will support up to Core 2 Quad Q9650(rev.E0,3.00GHz,1333FSB,L2:12MB) but none listed on newegg, since I'm not on your side of the pond I don't know many other sites to search. Pretty sure it would be an expensive part too)

For around your budget you could just get a new system and put your 6850 into it.

Core i3-2100/H61/4GB/1TB SuperCombo - http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.719539 - $297.99

The i3 processors aren't the best performers. I'd try and stretch to an i5 if you decide on this route. The linked combo is just an example of what you can get for your money. If you have a decent power supply unit and case you can cut down on what you need to buy. There are some decent bundles on CPU, motherboard and ram available. Have a look around before you invest in old technology.

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I am upgrading to a : AMD Phenom™ II 955 Black HDZ955FBGMBOX
in the coming months. I don't know what you guys need to know to help me so i will give you as much information you may need. Or Do i really need a new heat sink i'm not sure so here goes! My Computer uses a 2.0 GHz Amd Athlon II 170u CPU, Nvidia GeForce 9200, 3 GB of DDR3 SDRAM, as well as a 500 gb HDD. My AMD has a AM3 Socket (941 pin). My freq usually stays around 799.97MHz when idle. My VID is 0.9250 v. The Lithography is 45nm. My CPU id is 0x100F63. TDP is 19.9 watts. My Temp readings are: TJ.Max: 70C. my CPU usually stays around 30C when idle and max is 32C. Thank you so much in advanced. Oh also my Computer is a Acer Aspire Z3100-U3072 All-In-One Desktop.


A:Recommended Parts for a new Processor Upgrade.

The only one who can tell you IF you can use that cpu is acer. Big box systems use proprietary parts ie the mb is made to acer standards NOT industry standards.

Unless that cpu was an option for your system when you purchased it, my guess is that the bios does not support it however you need to check with the system maker.

In addition the 955 is a 125W cpu so most likely the mb does not have the necessary VRs to pw that cpu; again ask acer.

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Hi all,
I'd like to know what is the recommended memory by Toshiba to upgrade the RAM at the maximum amount.
I own a Portege Z930 16M part number PT234E-08P05SIT.

If I undestood weel it needs a 4GB DDR3 memory to get to the maximum of 6GB (2 on board+4), right?

What manufacturer recommends Toshiba?

Thank you

A:Recommended RAM upgrade for Portege Z930

Compatible 4GB RAM has part number PA5037U-1M4G.
Check it out.

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Hello, The stock SSD that came with the laptop has failed and so to planning to get this: Samsung 860 EVO 500GB mSATA Internal SSD (MZ-M6E500BW)  Have been reading this forum regarding this and found that people have tried to install a 1TB SSD and the BIOS didn't recognize it. Just wondering if anyone would happen to know if this 500GB SSD would work with this laptop. Would appreciate any thoughts / insights regarding this. Thank you. 

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I have Windows 7 64 bit Ent
I am looking at replacing the mobo CPU and boot drive (SSD).
I am happy with my software install. So I would like to "recover" it after the hardware build.
So what methods do I have available of replacing the above items
and then installing Win 7 on the new SSD then "Restoring" my current software suite

Will I be able to use a Server image?
if yes what is the dark side of doing so?

Will I be able to use a Software transfer?
if yes what is te dark side of this option?

or is it best to just man up and do a total fresh install of all the software?


A:Recommended Method of Hardware upgrade

A clean install is always a good idea until you are up and running with a purrfect install when you can capture it with Win7 backup imaging and then never need to reinstall again: Clean Install Windows 7

However if you'd like to keep the same software image you now have on your HD, as a final step on the old hardware you can SysPrep your HD: Windows 7 Installation - Transfer to a New Computer

Transfer HD to the new hardware to clone/image the old HD to the SSD using Win7 or your favorite imaging utility, or excellent free Acronis cloning/imaging utility which is included with any WD or Seagate drive - manual included on Download page below.

| Seagate
WD Support
Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup

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Just bought an LCD and a new power supply, system is running great, but im going to ditch this ECS and hopefully go with something like MSI or anything that is decent/good quality.

Can anyone recommend a good Motherboard for the specs found in my signiture? thanks a lot.

A:Almost finished with full upgrade, recommended MOBO?

What about an Abit motherboard? Here's a link: http://www.abit-usa.com/products/mb/
Any of them should be good. The Fatal1ty board is really nice and so are the ones based on the 955 chipset.

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My Gateway GT5676 desktop kicked the bucket a few months ago and I have been making due with a laptop but it is too old and slow for me to use any of my programs on it. If possible I would like to find something that is under $250.

I use my desktop primarily for Photoshop CS5 and Lightroom 4, and for normal business document stuff. The only games I am likely to play are older generation games so it doesn't need to be super fast in that way. I do some light video/audio editing as well, but nothing complicated.

Also, I have about 1T worth of photos, videos, audio files and documents on the hard drives which I haven't been able to access since my computer died. I will need to be able to move those to the new machine somehow.

This computer was given to me years ago and served me fine for about 6 years and I have never bought a desktop so I don't know where to start looking! Can someone please give me some ideas of good brands/models that won't top my budget but are maybe decent enough to hold up for a couple of years? I'm ok with refurbished if it means I can get a better machine.

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I currently own the Sony Vaio (Profile ) with an extra hard drive added to it. I was looking to upgrade my video card to the ATI Radeon 9800Pro which will give good gaming capabilities in addition to supporting dual displays. The ATI recommends a power supply of at least 300W. The desktop came standard with a power supply of 295W max output. I've questioned some people about the ability for this card to run on a power supply of only 295W and was actually given advice by one to upgrade my power supply before using this (or any other of equal quality) video card.

Would anyone here recommend the same thing? Is 295 just too little power for a computer running 2 optical drives, 2 hard drives, and this type of video output? If so, does anyone have experience with Sony's power supplies? Are they pretty much standard or would I need to order one direct from Sony?

Any help anyone can provide is greatly appreciated. Thanks for your time.

A:Power Supply Upgrade Recommended For New Video Card?

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Dear all,
I have a question regarding the repair of Excel on Mac. I am an assistant in a company and I do some very very basic software work, amongst other things. My boss often deals with very large files (financial management, so lots of portfolio data, etc.) and recently he has been experiencing issues with Excel. It will shut down upon scrolling, tell him files are corrupted that had worked fine previously, all in all very annoying when it happens multiple times a day. Luckily we have multiple data backups, and so far nothing big has gone missing, but it is certainly tedious.
We have another company that functions as our tech support, and they recommended just updating all computers to the latest MAC OS x El Capitan, but to avoid Sierra when it becomes available. I had been planning on doing this anyways in the next few weeks, but any other things I should try? We haven't experienced issues on any other machine, and they all run on the same system.  I already removed all preference settings in a hope that it might stop Excel from doing things it shouldn't, but that didn't help at all. Another thing I considered was a re-installation. All files are stored on an external server, which has plenty of storage. Cache and local storage are kept to the minimum as well. 
What would you recommend? Thanks in advance!!

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Good evening, TSF!

Well, the time has come to make the leap from Win 7 to Win 10. I'd like to use the opportunity to make some component upgrades, as well. Current system specs/config below and desired upgrades follow.

Win 7 x64 Pro
Hard Drives Configured:
1x 120gb SSD as Boot (C:)
1x 500gb SSD as Data/System/Active (E:)

Win 10 x64 Pro Upgrade
1x 500gb SSD now Boot (E: to C:)
1x 1tb SSD now Data (Cloned from Old E: before wiping to make OS drive)
1x 2tb HD/SSD Hybrid additional data (installed blank formatted)

Because it has been a while since I've had a clean install of an OS, and have upgraded the mobo/proc in that time, there are some "holes" that seem to need to be repaired (i.e. iTunes no longer works and can't even uninstall, etc), so that's why I'd like to do a clean install of Win7 then upgrade to 10, unless I can upgrade to 10 clean on the new, blank drive.

Here's what I think I need to do in order to do this correctly. Can someone advise? Or, point me to the correct, already answered threads for each area?

1. Review C: for all needed files and programs, backup as needed
1.b. For some programs, like Acrobat, I know I need to get the key then unregister them from this device, then uninstall and can reinstall after the new OS is in place. I think MS Office is like that, too, but it is on E: instead of C:
2. Review E: for all needed files and programs, backup as needed
2.b. Since this drive will be clone... Read more

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Hi Everyone,
I apologise if this has been asked previously, but i wasn't 100% clear in the other answers to this,
I have a Dell Inspiron 3847 desktop (not slim), purchased in Jan 2015. It has an intel core i5 4460 cpu and an INVIDIA Geforce GT 705 graphic card, 16gig DDR3 ram,
It has always run very quite, but just recently (within the last couple of weeks) i have noticed it making more sound then normal, it's soft but a constant high pitched sound which appears to be coming from the stock 300w psu,
If i wanted to change the psu, what make and model would be compatable?, sorry, but i am not really savy with voltages and figures etc, that is why i have asked purely for a make and model number that has been used in this model before, and would work,
From what i have read on this forum, a few people seem to have had issues with the stock psu after a period of time. Any recommendations would be greatfully appreciated, especially from users of the Inspiron that have upgraded their psu,

Thanks Again,
Mr Anthony

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I recommend anyone thinking of upgrading to SP2 to read this first

The Dark Side of Windows XP Service Pack 2


heres a snatch of the article!


The Prep Work
Before you even think about upgrading a machine to Service Pack 2, it?s a good idea to take a few minutes and properly prepare the machine. Yes, you can technically install SP2 without doing anything special to the machine ahead of time, but you are far less likely to experience problems if you plan ahead.

Spyware Removal
The very first thing that you should do is to scan your machine for spyware and remove any that you might find. The reason why this is so important is because spyware typically latches itself onto the registry and onto various system files. Installing Service Pack 2 replaces most of your machine?s system files. If a spyware module has altered aspects of your system and then you start replacing system files, there is a good chance that Windows will lose network and Internet connectivity. If this does happen to you, you can fix the problem by downloading and running a utility called WinsockXPFix.exe. You can download this utility from


Even though this utility will usually fix the problem, it is better to just scan the machine prior to installing the service pack and avoid the problem completely.

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I have upgraded my psu, and am looking for a gpu upgrade. The RX 480 seems like a good option. Would it:
A: FitB: Be compatible with the mobo?


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My user manual discusses enabling TPM in the BIOS, but I cannot find that setting.  How can I determine whether I have one?  If I don't, why does the manual discuss it?

A:XPS 8700 TPM

You do not have a TPM in the XPS 8700.

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our machine came with the 645.  been thinking about upgrading to the PNY xcelr8 4g 960.  how ev er quickly browsing I have yet to see mention of a 960 card.

maybe wait until the 1060 comes out?

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Short version:  I need a replacement PSU for my XPS 8700.  Where can I get one?  Or a different one that can be plugged in without any issues.
Long version:  while I was away for a month, it looks like my old reliable 8700's PSU has given up the ghost.  Computer does not power at all.  And if I unplug it for a while, then plug it back in, nothing happens.  It used to be be whenever I would re-plug the computer, the fan and some LEDs would light up for a second, but not anymore.  There is a button and green LED at the back of the PSU, and if I press the button, the LED turns on, the fan powers up, but they both go off the moment I remove my finger from the button, and computer still doesn't power up.  Don't want to replace the computer since it is running fine and more than enough for my needs.  But is the PSU shot?  And if so, what's the easiest way to replace it?

A:XPS 8700 PSU

There are many PSUs that will work in the 8700, in my opinion, the systems are worth the investment of a new PSU.  As a side note, this weekend I just replaced a family members  PSU in an XPS 8500 and I expect it to last a long, long time.
If I had to buy one today and was on a tight budget I would buy the SeaSonic S12II 520. It is a solid power supply and for the next 23 hours is on sale at newegg for $29.99 after a $!5 rebate.
another solid power supply is the  EVGA 500 B1 100-B1-0500-KR 80+ BRONZE 500W.
It is $39.99 after  a $10 rebate also at newegg.
I tend to be a PSU snob, and invest a little more and the unit I bought for a family member was the EVGA SuperNOVA 550 G3, 220-G3-0550-Y1. It is a higher quality PSU. More efficient, quieter and of course more expensive. It is currently running about $70, but I picked it up for less on a sale the day I bought it.
All of these fit snug in the 8700 and all are a tad larger than the original one installed, but they fit fine and any of these are better quality and efficiency than the OEM power supplies in the 8700.
good luck.
ps: I suggest you replace the MoBo battery while you have the covers off.

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I have a XPS 8700 with a AMD Radeon 7500 graphics card and a Win10 upgrade would only produce a black screen for login, although the window to login was there, you could not see it, typing in my password would get me login.  I wish to install a new hd and fresh windows 10; I have an activation window10 key, what else do I need and do you think i will have the same problems with the black screen login???

A:New HD on XPS 8700

You could try to do a Win 10 Refresh or Reset first, unless you really want to install Windows on a new HDD. Either way, back up your personal files on external media first, to be safe.
Info about Refresh and Reset are here:

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