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Will this Dell XPS run games good ?

#11SS4RickyPosted 8/28/2013 9:55:11 PM
http://slickdeals.net/permadeal/101558/dell-home-outlet-dell-xps-8500-desktop-refurbished-core-i7-3770-3.40ghz-12gb-ddr3-2tb-sata-hdd-geforce-gt-640-win-8

$200 less, stats are more or less the same. The video card will still need replacing but at least it's not a paperweight 620.
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#12PhilOnDezPosted 8/28/2013 9:59:45 PM
That's a pretty awesome deal actually, if only I needed a workstation lol.
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#13Flaktrooper123Posted 8/28/2013 10:27:00 PM
The problem with XPS is just that the case is quite cramped, not a problem until you have to replace some part. I had hell of a time trying to install a new PSU. I think it comes with 450 W PSU. I am not sure if the motherboard support SLI/Crossfire though, my XPS 8300 doesn't. Mine has the GPU replaced with a 6970. I am planning to build a new PC though.
#14NewportBox100s(Topic Creator)Posted 8/29/2013 9:09:57 PM
SS4Ricky posted...
http://slickdeals.net/permadeal/101558/dell-home-outlet-dell-xps-8500-desktop-refurbished-core-i7-3770-3.40ghz-12gb-ddr3-2tb-sata-hdd-geforce-gt-640-win-8

$200 less, stats are more or less the same. The video card will still need replacing but at least it's not a paperweight 620.


So all I would need to replace is the video card ? Then it would run Starcraft 2 on max ?
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#15kortez1Posted 8/29/2013 10:42:03 PM
Not sure if this helps but I bought an xps 7100 in dec. 2010. It came with a 1090t/5870 powered by a 460w psu. I just upgraded to a sapphire 7950 and everything went off without a hitch. Real world performance is MUCH improved and benchmark wise I got a 62.5% increase in 3dmark11 and a 63% increase in Heaven. Unbelievably worth it.

if you have a 460w psu, this is more than enough power to run a card that requires 500w. Granted you don't have like 5 hdd's or other excess stuff juicing the psu.
#16NewportBox100s(Topic Creator)Posted 8/31/2013 3:37:55 PM
kortez1 posted...
Not sure if this helps but I bought an xps 7100 in dec. 2010. It came with a 1090t/5870 powered by a 460w psu. I just upgraded to a sapphire 7950 and everything went off without a hitch. Real world performance is MUCH improved and benchmark wise I got a 62.5% increase in 3dmark11 and a 63% increase in Heaven. Unbelievably worth it.

if you have a 460w psu, this is more than enough power to run a card that requires 500w. Granted you don't have like 5 hdd's or other excess stuff juicing the psu.


Awesome! How hard is it to replace the video card ?
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#17NewportBox100s(Topic Creator)Posted 9/1/2013 8:52:32 AM
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#18Jprime666Posted 9/1/2013 8:59:54 AM
NewportBox100s posted...
kortez1 posted...
Not sure if this helps but I bought an xps 7100 in dec. 2010. It came with a 1090t/5870 powered by a 460w psu. I just upgraded to a sapphire 7950 and everything went off without a hitch. Real world performance is MUCH improved and benchmark wise I got a 62.5% increase in 3dmark11 and a 63% increase in Heaven. Unbelievably worth it.

if you have a 460w psu, this is more than enough power to run a card that requires 500w. Granted you don't have like 5 hdd's or other excess stuff juicing the psu.


Awesome! How hard is it to replace the video card ?


Easy. Plug it in into the board and connect the power.
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#19RavenoussdPosted 9/1/2013 12:31:41 PM
NewportBox100s posted...
SS4Ricky posted...
http://slickdeals.net/permadeal/101558/dell-home-outlet-dell-xps-8500-desktop-refurbished-core-i7-3770-3.40ghz-12gb-ddr3-2tb-sata-hdd-geforce-gt-640-win-8

$200 less, stats are more or less the same. The video card will still need replacing but at least it's not a paperweight 620.


So all I would need to replace is the video card ? Then it would run Starcraft 2 on max ?


hopefully....odds are you will need a new power supply aswell
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#20kortez1Posted 9/2/2013 1:37:39 PM(edited)
NewportBox100s posted...

Awesome! How hard is it to replace the video card ?


Actually really easy.

The Sapphire 7950 is surprisingly shorter than the reference 5870 that came installed in my system. I made a silly mistake and ordered a SATA to 6pin connector because I assumed the 5870 only had one 6pin connected to the power supply. Once I removed the big stabilizer piece, that I assume they install so the card doesn't get unseated during shipping, I realized it already had 2 6pin pcie connectors and I didn't need it. I wasn't able to see that with the plastic stability piece installed. Oops.

So yea, I couldn't be happier. For me, this seems to be the most I'll be able to get out of my system with the 1090t.

Good luck with yours and let me know if you have any further questions.

Cheers!