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October 6, 2013 10:52:28 AM

I bought the Dell a few years back and plugged in a custom video card (ATI 5850) into it. It has a i7 2600 and 8 GB of RAM in it. The components I am planning on upgrading this too are:

- Adding a SSD (500-512 GB)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

- Upgrading the Video Card (going to the ATI 7970)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

- Changing the power supply to allow for the above video card (going to a 750W PSU).

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

- Upgrading RAM (going to 32 GB)

4 x http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The main reason I am going for overkill with the RAM is because I do use photoshop and also plan on using this machine for running VM's.

Two questions for you guys:

1. Are there any alternatives to the upgrades you would suggest?
2. I am in no immediate hurry. Do you guys think it is worth waiting for any possibly Black Friday sales?

I am on a budget of around $1000 (these parts put me at $1083 but I have convinced the wife of it already).

Thanks for your advice.

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a c 518 U Graphics card
October 6, 2013 11:32:37 AM
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PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($283.20 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 500GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($359.99 @ Microcenter)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($279.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $1003.17
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-06 14:32 EDT-0400)
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October 6, 2013 11:42:31 AM

I would just make sure you got Windows 7 Pro or higher on it since Home edition only reads up to 16 gigs of ram. Also not sure but that should also be able to take a i7-3770 (Don't need the K since you can't overclock anyways)
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October 6, 2013 12:02:11 PM

SR-71 Blackbird said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($283.20 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 500GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($359.99 @ Microcenter)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($279.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $1003.17
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-06 14:32 EDT-0400)


Thanks. Is that memory better than the one I had selected and supported on the XPS 8300? It is around the same price as what I selected so does not matter that way. Or will the Motherboard just adjust it to a lower speed in case 1600 is not supported?

Also, thanks @drtweak, I do have Windows 7 Ultimate. So that part is taken care of.

Thanks again.
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October 6, 2013 1:02:38 PM

yes if the motherboard can't run at that speed it will just bump it down. Also as far as i know (At least on optiplexs. My IT company is a dell certifed reseller) they only take 1.5V ram or lower. If its 1.65 it may bump the speed down (Had a 1600 1.65 when the desktop took 1600 but bumped it to 1333 because it didn't have enough voltage) but both SR-71 and your's are 1.5 and will work just fine.
October 7, 2013 3:19:10 PM

Do you guys see any reason in waiting till Thanksgiving (Black Friday)? Do you anticipate significant savings if I wait till then?

Thanks again.
a c 1400 ) Power supply
a c 518 U Graphics card
October 7, 2013 3:39:31 PM

No , not really.
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