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Dell XPS 410 CPU/GPU/PSU Upgrade Advice

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July 23, 2013 2:59:19 PM

Hey guys! I have a Dell XPS 410 and I'm looking to upgrade the CPU, GPU, and PSU.


CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo @ 2.4GHz
Graphics: Nvidia GeForce 7300LE
Monitors: Acer 24" Widescreen 60Hz @1440x900
OS: Windows 7

I play a lot of games and would like to run things like Skyrim and BF3, if it's possible. I also do video editing and things of the sort, so I do a bit of everything. Also, a video card with at least two DVI ports would be great.

The PSU I currently use is not sufficient enough for anything (I had to replace mines with one from an old Dell.)

Edit: So I went researching and was gonna go for this CPU/CPU Cooler setup:
Intel Core2Quad Q6600 w/Hyper Master 212 Evo

As for GPU, I wanted a GTX650Ti Boost, but would that run in my computer or would it be bottlenecked? I was thinking:
MSI GTX650Ti Boost Twin Frozr (
Gigabyte (
Zotac (

Lastly, for PSU:

I have a BTX system, does that make a difference for PSU?
July 24, 2013 11:12:10 PM

Honestly, if you want to play games like skyrim and bf3 in 1080p I'm good detail, your going to want to build a completely new system.

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July 26, 2013 4:31:32 PM

Lets try to help fellow BF3 player.

First of all, you done good search - maximum CPU upgrades are Q6600 and Q6700 (too expensive for nothing).

With Q6600 you can use BSEL tape mod and overclcok (if you have locked BIOS, certain XPS models had overclock option in BIOS, do you), this will increase you CPU speed to 3GHz, will help you with this if help needed.

CPU Cooler, you really know that you have BTX case, so you have BTX cooler as well, you did not know?
There are 2 options here aluminum (junk) and copper (better)

If you have aluminum you have to upgrade.\

Next, GPU. I would stay away from Gigabyte due to oversized fans - you have GPU holder (blue panel closing on top) would it close properly?

Next PSU. You can place any standard ATX PSU.
Check the picture below for the proof of ATX PSU, on the same picture you will see Aluminum CPU cooler as well, so you know what you have to identify.

Anything else I can help you with?