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Swapping Dell XPS 630 2.3 GHz Q8200 CPU and Mobo. Will this work?

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February 24, 2014 12:39:50 PM

I just picked up a GTX 750 Ti video card and have come to the realization that my XPS 630 is just not going to cut it anymore after five years. :( 

Since the GTX isn't the best card on the market, I'm not looking to go all out in terms of upgrading my rig. I'd rather just get some really good parts that I can overclock hard and produce great results (High settings on new games like Planetside 2 and Titanfall) for the next year or two.

As many here probably already know, Dell has the Q8200 locked down to prevent overclocking, so I need to upgrade the CPU and mobo.

I was thinking about this i5 for the CPU: http://www.microcenter.com/product/388577/Core_i5_3570K_34GHz_Socket_LGA_1155_Boxed_Processor

and this for the mobo: http://www.microcenter.com/product/387554/Z77_Extreme4_Socket_LGA_1155_Z77_ATX_Intel_Motherboard

Does anybody with more expertise see a problem with this combo? I've heard that trying to upgrade these 630s can be a nightmare...

Here are my current specs:

Intel Core Quad Q8200 @ 2.33 GHz
6 GB of RAM
750 watt power supply (so I got plenty to burn)
Windows 7 64-bit OS
EVGA 02G-P4-3757-KR GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB 128-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 FTW w/ ACX Cooling Video Card

More detailed PC specs here: http://reviews.cnet.com/desktops/dell-xps-630/4507-3118_7-32865535.html
February 24, 2014 6:48:09 PM

You should be fine, as long as you have space in the case you're working in to place all of these components. Your OS may have some trouble configuring to the new hardware (If you have the stock OS with all the bloatware and no way to reinstall).

Another thing to consider if you're planning on overclocking is buying a decent CPU cooler (not stock), and making sure you have room for it in the case (the XPS cooler will not work with the 1155 socket, because the Q8200 is a LGA 775).

Check if you have enough cables from your power supply to plug into all of the new components. Careful with all of the plastic things Dell puts into their computers (if you have them).

Oh, and I have the same CPU/Mobo. They work great.

Good luck.
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