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switching motherboard on a dell

Discussion in 'Building a new PC' started by jprice, May 16, 2008.

  1. jprice

    jprice Member

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    OK sorry for bringing this up again, but I know it was said that I should get the e6850 but what are my other options? my system info is on the first page in the log reply. thanks a ton!
     
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    also is it an option to get the e7200 and just overclock it to work well so my graphics card doesnt bottleneck? or will overclocking it not work because i have a dell pc?
     
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    Probably not. You'd be better off sticking to an E6850.
     
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    MOTHERBOARD SWAP/UPGRADE for DELL

    Dell power supply connectors are "proprietary"
    or nonstandard. Do not connect the Dell PS to
    a real motherboard. So...a new P/S may be needed.
    Based upon experience it is worth spending $100.
    for a good quality, high efficency P/S (> 80 %),
    with reserve power.

    Upgrading mobo, CPU, and RAM can be done
    for less than $200. from newegg.com

    It may be possible with XP to keep the OEM license
    if you do not change the drives.
    _install and boot to the Dell HDD loading
    and reactivate. If this donot work
    _clean load the XP, drivers, etc and activate changing
    back to the original key and HDD Volume Serial/Vol ID
    and reactivate by telephone. The MS rep wants an explanation
    of what was changed, and now that it is not a Dell
    "what do you call this"....what the Belarc Advisor calls it works
    ...like the mobo Mod and chipset ID.
    Call MS toll-free licenses to check their current policy
    on this....they sometimes arbitrarily restrict upgrades.

    If you must buy another XP license consider
    going to 64-bit XP Pro and AMD AM2.

    Good luck with this.
     
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    sammorris Senior member

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    Indeed, a new case and power supply are always required if changing the motherboard on a Dell.
     
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    OK I just got my e6850 and am trying to replace the old cpu. The problem is when i put it in it makes a beeping noise and nothing comes up on the screen..... any suggestions?
     
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    try a bios update. and did you re-use the old heat sink? if so did you apply new thermal pastd? also did you plug in the 4/8 pin cable next to the cpu socket?
     
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    I have a question concerning the mobo and compataability. This is the MOBO and PSU someone suggested to me. :
    MOBO http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131225
    PSU http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817194027

    I want to know if this RAM and this Graphics card are compatible?
    RAM http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820104008
    GX2 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130338

    I hope this is all compatible, will someone please inform me, im building a PC based off this.

    Also I am getting the QX6850, which i ap pretty sure is compatible.

    Thanks a ton for the help :)
     
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    shaffaaf Regular member

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    very good choices. just wait till 25th june, as both ati and nvidia will have their cards out. and if your going down the nvidia route go for xfx
     
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    Indeed, solid choices - but stick to XFX or BFG with graphics cards. I'm agreed on waiting for the GTX200 series cards.
     
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    Ok i can do that, but You know how the GX2 is 2 9800's in 1, wouldnt that be better than a newer single card?
     
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    the GTX280 will be better by about 30%

    and the 4870x2 is meant to be better then the GTX280 (by about 5-10%) (it is in 3dmark) but if game dont suport crysis properly (a handful inc crysis) then it wont be.
     
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    You mean crossfire, not crysis right? lol

    Personally, i'd stick with a single GTX200 card because it'll work nicer, and be far easier to use.
     
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    lol yeah
    typo


    imo imma be goign with a 4850x2.

    with a 4850 being as good as an ultra at £130. its a bargin.

    i cant stand nvidia drivers. and i dont want a £450 card, giving me bsods, or only 2-3 driver updates a year
     
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    They're making a 4850X2 and a 4870X2? Seems unusual...
     
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    covers the price points. and 4850x2 will be competing against the GTX260

    they have said the partners and choose memeory types (GDDR3/4/5), how much memory, shader clocks, meemory clocks core clocks, HS Fans.

    basically everything.

    brilliant. ICEQ HIS one for me :)

    and its meant to be heavily optomised aswell. both cores will share the memory, so thats much better than each having its own already,as paging will be alot more efficient. and they will comunicate though the memory (and with GDDR5 have a massive bandwidth, itll be much better than the PLX chip used last time)
     
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    Hmm, sounds like a better idea. I doubt the ICEQ cooler would work on a crossfire card though, so it'll be interesting to see if HIS develop a new cooler for it. Unless they do, dual cards are still out for quiet PCs as there are no aftermarket coolers.

     
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    there are aftermarket WC HS hehe

    yeah agreed. but seing as they have to make their own cooler for this card(s) then they will (im sure) make probably the ICEQ 4
     
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    Haha, not interested in watercooling thanks. There was a time when watercooling would be necessary to get good cooling for top end stuff, but not any more.

    What I'd like to see is a high quality cooler with decent heatpipes that uses multiple fans of a decent size, or one large fan - I don't really mind if the heat goes into the case - decent case fans could cope with that fine.
     
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