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Dell XPS 410 CPU/GPU/PSU Upgrade Advice

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

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CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo @ 2.4GHz
Graphics: Nvidia GeForce 7300LE
RAM: 4GB
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 (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00C1PGWRW)
Gigabyte (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125457)
Zotac (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814500293)
ASUS (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121728)
PNG (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814133488)

Lastly, for PSU:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817121085
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139050
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139028
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341017

I have a BTX system, does that make a difference for PSU?
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  1. 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.
    Reply to bogo663
  2. Best answer
    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?
    Reply to Kisianik
  3. I just did a CPU upgrade along these lines on my XPS 410, in case anyone still cares. I tried a way faster chip, and as others have suggested it was a no-go. What did work, and what is as fast as is recommended for a replacement CPU, is the Intel Core2 Quad CPU Q6700. The CPU Win7 experience index [yes I am running Win7] on my system jumped from 5.8 to 7.2 -- which is huge. A couple weeks ago I switched to using an SSD for my primary C: [program loading] drive, which jumped the disc rating to 7.8 -- which is also huge. I am not a gamer, so I am running a low-end gaming card, mainly to take load off the RAM, so the graphics/gaming is only rating 6.7, but way fast enough for anything I do, which is mainly Photoshop type stuff -- I'm mainly keeping this old computer alive because it has a Yes-I-paid-full-retail-for-it copy of Adobe Photoshop CS2 as opposed to the pay-as-you-go Photoshop rentals which Adobe is trying to foist on suckers today. Oh, and when I replaced the CPU the memory subsystem rating ALSO jumped to 7.2, so that was huge too! I'm a very happy camper [except with Adobe, who continue to play games with software licenses!] But, bottom line is, I have 7+ years of stuff, various tools and utilities I have collected, the computer was really truly completely unusable, but now with the new CPU, SSD, and low-end gaming card, this computer is now *wonderful*!
    Reply to jimadcock
  4. If anyone cares (ha-ha!) :) I just completed a power supply and graphics upgrade on my own Dell XPS 410. My XPS 410 is now completely maxxxed-out finally! Only took me 10 years! For the PSU I installed a 525W Dell (Dell Model: N525E-00). The PSU slid right-in, locked in place and four screws secured it. I found no gaps on the sides nor below or above the PSU. I no longer needed the SATA power adapter from my stock PSU. The cable lengths on this new PSU were also perfect! I just had to add two 6-pin female to 8-pin male PCI-E converter cables to finish the job to power my new graphics card, an EVGA GTX-1080. Here are my system specs that fly my baby!

    Dell XPS 410
    Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
    PSU - Dell N525E-00
    CPU - Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6800 (Kentsfield). Extra inline cooling fan added, but not needed.
    Hard Drives - (2) Intel X25E 64GB SLC SSD (running in Raid 0)
    Graphics - EVGA GTX-1080 FTW
    Sound Card - HT/Omega Claro Halo
    Network Card - 3Com 3C2000-T (faster than onboard ethernet)
    RAM - 8GB Samsung
    Speakers - Tapco S5 Studio Monitors, Klipsch powered subwoofer
    Monitor - Dell UltraSharp U3415W Wide Curved LED 34"
    Keyboard - Perixx Periboard-311 (my old favorite)
    Mouse - Dell 0MY897
    Printer - Brother HL-L2300D (no color ink, just black toner, low maintenance cost)
    Reply to jes3286
  5. jes3286 said:
    If anyone cares (ha-ha!) :) I just completed a power supply and graphics upgrade on my own Dell XPS 410. My XPS 410 is now completely maxxxed-out finally! Only took me 10 years! For the PSU I installed a 525W Dell (Dell Model: N525E-00). The PSU slid right-in, locked in place and four screws secured it. I found no gaps on the sides nor below or above the PSU. I no longer needed the SATA power adapter from my stock PSU. The cable lengths on this new PSU were also perfect! I just had to add two 6-pin female to 8-pin male PCI-E converter cables to finish the job to power my new graphics card, an EVGA GTX-1080. Here are my system specs that fly my baby!

    Dell XPS 410
    Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
    PSU - Dell N525E-00
    CPU - Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6800 (Kentsfield). Extra inline cooling fan added, but not needed.
    Hard Drives - (2) Intel X25E 64GB SLC SSD (running in Raid 0)
    Graphics - EVGA GTX-1080 FTW
    Sound Card - HT/Omega Claro Halo
    Network Card - 3Com 3C2000-T (faster than onboard ethernet)
    RAM - 8GB Samsung
    Speakers - Tapco S5 Studio Monitors, Klipsch powered subwoofer
    Monitor - Dell UltraSharp U3415W Wide Curved LED 34"
    Keyboard - Perixx Periboard-311 (my old favorite)
    Mouse - Dell 0MY897
    Printer - Brother HL-L2300D (no color ink, just black toner, low maintenance cost)


    Thanks, good info. Its good to have documented proof that these old boards can run a GTX-1080.
    Reply to ms9876
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