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July 8, 2014 7:12:54 PM

I got a computer from grandparents and it needs a new hard drive and video card. It is a xps 9000 and it has all the stock components. It only has a 475w psu. Also a monitor would be great. I have 600 dollars for all of this. Sorry for not a lot of information if you need more just ask.

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a c 81 U Graphics card
July 8, 2014 7:22:29 PM

Do you know which CPU and how much ram it has?
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July 8, 2014 7:26:21 PM

it has an intel i7 920 quad core and sorry i have no clue how much ram


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a c 81 U Graphics card
July 8, 2014 7:52:28 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 290 4GB Tri-X Video Card ($359.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 620W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $474.97
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available

This should be a good upgrade. I'd check to make sure that the 290 will fit inside the case before buying it. If you can buy any part right now, buy the HDD since it's usually $6 more.

And thanks, my profile pic is Simca from the anime Air Gear :) 
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July 8, 2014 7:58:43 PM

thanks.

Ya i know i wish they would make a second season and you should really watch SAO the second season episode 1 just aired.
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July 8, 2014 8:09:39 PM

where can i find out if it fits or not
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a b U Graphics card
July 8, 2014 8:17:37 PM

you may want to look hard to see if the upgrades will work lots of dells with new cards and black screens here at toms good luck
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a c 81 U Graphics card
July 8, 2014 8:20:04 PM

Accelerate said:
where can i find out if it fits or not


The length of the card is 12" so I would measure your case over the PCI slot to see if it will fit inside.


I'm planning on watching SAO soon.
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a c 81 U Graphics card
July 8, 2014 8:21:46 PM

junkeymonkey said:
you may want to look hard to see if the upgrades will work lots of dells with new cards and black screens here at toms good luck


It should work, this guy modded his pc but the only thing he couldn't do is overclock it

http://www.overclock.net/t/812701/xps-9000-modded-but-n...
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a b U Graphics card
July 8, 2014 8:41:32 PM

key word-- ''should'' like my ford f250 should last forever and should get 50 mpg but i'll post my old disclaimer on this

some models of store bought computers [dell.hp,acer,ect..] may come with a ''locked or fixed'' bios and may not allow you to change certain hardware as a video card.. this is done to protect them from undue warranty claims and refunds .this is not done to hurt you but to protect them. you really need to see if that upgrade has been proven to work in your model first before you invest money in it .. there are a lot of these threads here at toms to look at some models will allow upgrades and some dont.. and a lot of guys here say ya ya ya when is really no no no...it would be sad you spent $200 on a card that wount post after you installed it as most find out. then get told its your psu and you spend more and end up right back where you are now, but its up to you good luck..


you got to know the the boards in these computers are not like the ones we use to do custom builds witch are open to upgrading with in the boards compatibly . the bios is custom made for there design and just for the parts they authorize to be used on there computers


I don't want to say it will not work but I give this so they go and look before they spend .. lots of folks put these nice new cards in these prebuilts just to end up with the old black screen .. dell hp and them are in o selling computers not having you upgrade them they don't make there money that way.. you but it you ues it until it cant do the job you chunk it in the trash and you go to walmart and buy there new more up to date computer .. that's what they want .. but all I can do is put this out here for the guy to ponder it over and do his research before he spends his hard earned cash .. in the end it all on him
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July 8, 2014 8:49:50 PM

The Studio XPS 9000. I remember when me and my dad got one of these, and we had quite a bit of fun upgrading it. The only original parts left in my dad's machine are the Case, the Motherboard, and the CPU.

So you just happened to stumble upon one of dell's best computers in 2010, and you bought it for your grandparents.
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It only has a 475w psu

The 475W Power Supply should be adequate for most anything they will ever need, unless it involves really high-end graphics cards.
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it needs a new hard drive

I will recommend to you the same I got for my dad: A WD Caviar Blue 500GB (what's actually in his rig), or a Segate Barracuda equivalent.
Everything I recommend here will have links at the bottom.
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and video card

And this is where I start asking questions.
What are they going to be doing with the computer? Do they need any special outputs to connect with monitors?
For the average person, a Radeon 5450 is AMAZING. I have a favorite Radeon 5450 card which I I have installed in my computer now. I will have a link at the bottom.
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Also a monitor would be great

This is where things start to get expensive. A good monitor is going to cost around $150-$225. The best people who make monitors are:
Acer (I have an acer, and it's great.)
ASUS (My Dad's ASUS looks beautiful!)
LG (I have no personal experience with LG, but I hear great things about them)
Dell (They OWN the low-cost monitor market)
I can give you my recommendations, but it's really up to you to decide which monitor looks the best, performs the best, and will fit your grandparent's needs.
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I have 600 dollars for all of this

That's actually plenty of money. A Radeon 5450 is going to cost you around $30.

Hard drives are going to also be a bit expensive. The WD Caviar Blue goes for $55 on Newegg, but it doesn't come with a SATA cable or any mounting screws. The Segate comes with a SATA cable, a legacy hard drive power to SATA power adapter, and mounting screws. But is costs $10 more. If you have a broken hard drive already in there, or you have hard drive screws lying around, buy the WD. But if not, you have to get the Segate, which is actually better than the WD in the first place.

Monitors are going to be expensive. Acer makes great monitors of all sizes, so I would check out their website. Also check out ASUS's website, they have amazing monitors too.

Links:
WD 500GB Hard Drive (no screws or cables): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Segate 500GB Hard Drive (with screws and cables): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
AMD Radeon 5450(the better one): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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a c 81 U Graphics card
July 8, 2014 9:02:14 PM

junkeymonkey said:
key word-- ''should'' like my ford f250 should last forever and should get 50 mpg but i'll post my old disclaimer on this

some models of store bought computers [dell.hp,acer,ect..] may come with a ''locked or fixed'' bios and may not allow you to change certain hardware as a video card.. this is done to protect them from undue warranty claims and refunds .this is not done to hurt you but to protect them. you really need to see if that upgrade has been proven to work in your model first before you invest money in it .. there are a lot of these threads here at toms to look at some models will allow upgrades and some dont.. and a lot of guys here say ya ya ya when is really no no no...it would be sad you spent $200 on a card that wount post after you installed it as most find out. then get told its your psu and you spend more and end up right back where you are now, but its up to you good luck..


you got to know the the boards in these computers are not like the ones we use to do custom builds witch are open to upgrading with in the boards compatibly . the bios is custom made for there design and just for the parts they authorize to be used on there computers


I don't want to say it will not work but I give this so they go and look before they spend .. lots of folks put these nice new cards in these prebuilts just to end up with the old black screen .. dell hp and them are in o selling computers not having you upgrade them they don't make there money that way.. you but it you ues it until it cant do the job you chunk it in the trash and you go to walmart and buy there new more up to date computer .. that's what they want .. but all I can do is put this out here for the guy to ponder it over and do his research before he spends his hard earned cash .. in the end it all on him


* Ok it will work. Plenty of people have the same pc as he does and have upgraded their graphics card.
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July 8, 2014 9:03:33 PM

Natos said:
The Studio XPS 9000. I remember when me and my dad got one of these, and we had quite a bit of fun upgrading it. The only original parts left in my dad's machine are the Case, the Motherboard, and the CPU.

So you just happened to stumble upon one of dell's best computers in 2010, and you bought it for your grandparents.
Quote:
It only has a 475w psu

The 475W Power Supply should be adequate for most anything they will ever need, unless it involves really high-end graphics cards.
Quote:
it needs a new hard drive

I will recommend to you the same I got for my dad: A WD Caviar Blue 500GB (what's actually in his rig), or a Segate Barracuda equivalent.
Everything I recommend here will have links at the bottom.
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and video card

And this is where I start asking questions.
What are they going to be doing with the computer? Do they need any special outputs to connect with monitors?
For the average person, a Radeon 5450 is AMAZING. I have a favorite Radeon 5450 card which I I have installed in my computer now. I will have a link at the bottom.
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Also a monitor would be great

This is where things start to get expensive. A good monitor is going to cost around $150-$225. The best people who make monitors are:
Acer (I have an acer, and it's great.)
ASUS (My Dad's ASUS looks beautiful!)
LG (I have no personal experience with LG, but I hear great things about them)
Dell (They OWN the low-cost monitor market)
I can give you my recommendations, but it's really up to you to decide which monitor looks the best, performs the best, and will fit your grandparent's needs.
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I have 600 dollars for all of this

That's actually plenty of money. A Radeon 5450 is going to cost you around $30.

Hard drives are going to also be a bit expensive. The WD Caviar Blue goes for $55 on Newegg, but it doesn't come with a SATA cable or any mounting screws. The Segate comes with a SATA cable, a legacy hard drive power to SATA power adapter, and mounting screws. But is costs $10 more. If you have a broken hard drive already in there, or you have hard drive screws lying around, buy the WD. But if not, you have to get the Segate, which is actually better than the WD in the first place.

Monitors are going to be expensive. Acer makes great monitors of all sizes, so I would check out their website. Also check out ASUS's website, they have amazing monitors too.

Links:
WD 500GB Hard Drive (no screws or cables): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Segate 500GB Hard Drive (with screws and cables): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
AMD Radeon 5450(the better one): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


The 1 TB 7200RPM 64mb cache Western Digital Caviar Blue I posted costs less than either of those 500GB drives.

Also with a $600 budget I'm pretty sure he's not looking for a $30 graphics card.
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July 8, 2014 9:07:13 PM

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The 1 TB 7200RPM 64mb cache Western Digital Caviar Blue I posted costs less than either of those 500GB drives.

Also with a $600 budget I'm pretty sure he's not looking for a $30 graphics card.


I know i'm using a stereotype here, but old people usually don't play heavy games, and therefore do not have need for a $450 Graphics card.

And yes, I recommended him overpriced hard drives. sorry everyone :( 
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July 8, 2014 9:10:25 PM

I am 15
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a c 81 U Graphics card
July 8, 2014 9:12:39 PM

Natos said:
The 1 TB 7200RPM 64mb cache Western Digital Caviar Blue I posted costs less than either of those 500GB drives.

Also with a $600 budget I'm pretty sure he's not looking for a $30 graphics card.


I know i'm using a stereotype here, but old people usually don't play heavy games, and therefore do not have need for a $450 Graphics card.

And yes, I recommended him overpriced hard drives. sorry everyone :( [/quotemsg]

Hmm well I really don't know how old he is, so I can't comment on that, but the XPS 9000 was supposed to be a gaming/ high performance computer when it came out.
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July 8, 2014 9:12:53 PM

Natos said:
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The 1 TB 7200RPM 64mb cache Western Digital Caviar Blue I posted costs less than either of those 500GB drives.

Also with a $600 budget I'm pretty sure he's not looking for a $30 graphics card.


I know i'm using a stereotype here, but old people usually don't play heavy games, and therefore do not have need for a $450 Graphics card.

And yes, I recommended him overpriced hard drives. sorry everyone :( 


Accelerate said:
I am 15


I thought you got it for your grandparents.
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July 8, 2014 9:13:55 PM

nope
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a c 81 U Graphics card
July 8, 2014 9:15:20 PM

Accelerate said:
I am 15


You know what, you could save a lot of money and still play games on high settings ( if that's what the upgrades are for). You could go with this card instead:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 270 2GB Dual-X Video Card ($147.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $197.97
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available

Or you could go with the card I posted earlier which would max out most games. Either way it will be a huge upgrade from your current card.

Your current PSU will not need to be upgraded if you go down this route.
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July 8, 2014 9:24:34 PM

ok sweet thanks
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a c 81 U Graphics card
July 8, 2014 9:46:04 PM

junkeymonkey said:
this is your first clue dells parts and upgrades
http://search.dell.com/results.aspx?c=us&l=en&s=gen&cat...

heres the 2ed clue no xps9000 listed

http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/genselector.aspx?c=u... Desktops


My guess is that if you upgrade any part of the PC from a company other than Dell the warranty will be voided.

Google: " dell xps 9000 graphics card upgrade"

or " dell xps 435 graphics card upgrade"

and you can see that other people have sucessfully upgrade their graphics card using the stock motherboard.
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a c 81 U Graphics card
July 9, 2014 2:22:45 PM
a b U Graphics card
July 9, 2014 8:58:07 PM

ya but the cards thy replaced may have fit in the window of what will work now the motherboards are oem for dell hp whoever built for them there bios is written by them so lets say they want to only give the pci-e slot 45w of power because the oem cards just require that to work so as long as the new card can run with 45w on the pci-e slot it will work now you put that gtx780 that needs 75w on the pci-e what do you think it going to do ?? you got to remember thes boards are dell spec. for the components dell designed for that model and this insures you don't burn it up with out of there spec, parts and come back on them for repairs.. so ya most times it you don't go overboard with a replacement card you stand a better chance of it working .. yhem cats got it figured out .. but the bottom line is they don't make money from you upgrading there computer they sell computers and when the old one is played out you chunk it and run to walmart and buy there latest new computer ..
this is why for bios updates on them you don't go to asus gigabyte you got to go to dell to get there bios .. also there boards are what light office spec. at the most they don't have the 10 phase vrms and all the stuff you need to run the top end parts as we do with our custom builds not even close.. don't you think if these upgrade parts will work then why don't they offer them to you to get that money?? they cant because the computer is only designed and supported to work with the parts it shipped with or authorized parts offered by them ... anything else is at your own risk..

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