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Upgrading my Dell XPS 8500

Hey guys, I'm looking to upgrade my Dell XPS 8500 by changing it's motherboard and CPU (having already changed the graaphics card). I wanted to place the following:
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z97X-GAMING 5 or the GAMING 7
CPU: Intel Core i7-4790K
Which of those motherboards should I get and would this fit into the case of the XPS 8500 andhave my 460-watt PSU work?
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  1. You will need a micro ATX board those don't fit and if your using the operating system that came with the Dell PC then that would also have to be replaced.
    The power supply probably only has a 4 pin connector so with about any motherboard that is a Z97 it would also need to be replaced.
  2. Zerk2012 said:
    You will need a micro ATX board those don't fit and if your using the operating system that came with the Dell PC then that would also have to be replaced.
    The power supply probably only has a 4 pin connector so with about any motherboard that is a Z97 it would also need to be replaced.

    Are you sure that it won't fit? Because it had come with a normal ATX board (http://ark.intel.com/products/59506/Intel-Desktop-Board-DH77KC). If I've reinstalled another operating system (installed Windows 7 and then Win 10 without an OEM product key) would it work? And which one would you recommend?
  3. This shows a mATX
    http://zapp4.staticworld.net/reviews/graphics/products/uploaded/dell_xps_8500_1218238_g2.jpg
    Are you sure the board you linked is the one you have?
  4. Best answer
    The first one will not work wrong socket for the 4790K
    I would get the 2nd one.
    For windows I would recommend buying a new license, just to do it the right way but your dell disc will 100% not work and just plugging your old drive without a fresh install of windows will not work either. The 4790K runs on the hot side when stressed I would recommend a aftermarket CPU cooler but your case has very limited room.
  5. Zerk2012 said:
    The first one will not work wrong socket for the 4790K
    I would get the 2nd one.
    For windows I would recommend buying a new license, just to do it the right way but your dell disc will 100% not work and just plugging your old drive without a fresh install of windows will not work either. The 4790K runs on the hot side when stressed I would recommend a aftermarket CPU cooler but your case has very limited room.

    Alright, thanks! I have already another disc for windows, but which processor would you recommend that doesn't heat that much? Would just the 4790K do?
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