Replacing motherboard, psu, & case for XPS 710

The motherboard on my Dell XPS 710 has gone out it appears. A convenient 2 months after my warranty expired.

I am not giving Dell any more money since I paid almost 4k for the machine. I have never built a computer but I would like to learn by upgrading this one. Also, I am trying to only replace a few parts in order to keep costs down.

Summary Specs of System:
Dell XPS 710 H2C
Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6700 (8mb, 3.2 GHz Factory overclocked)
2x 8800GTX SLI
4GB RAM (667 MHz)
180gb WD Raptor x2

I am not trying to make an elite gaming system as I do not have much time to play as many games anymore. Otherwise, I would just start from scratch.

I have checked out this posting but the system is different than mine and I'm not sure how much carry-over there is.

Here are my thoughts so far:


Power Supply: Not sure yet, the old power supply was 1000w but I think that is too much for what I am looking to do.

Case: Normal ATX case I suppose. Thinking about getting one with power supply already in it.

Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.
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  1. I am thinking of trying this.

    Case: Antec Sonata Elite Black 0.8mm cold rolled steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
    Possible alternative:
    I am not sure how important picking the case is. For me I do not want it to be flashy (simpler the better) and I really do not have a huge need for extra slots as I only need 2-3 HardDrive slots and 2 optical drive slots and maybe a media card reader would be a nice addition. I just want to make sure the case fits with the motherboard, vid card, power supply, and heatsink.

    Motherboard: ASUS P5Q Pro Turbo LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard

    Power Supply: CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power

    Heatsink: ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2 92mm Fluid Dynamic CPU Cooler

    OS: Windows 7 Home
    Thermal Paste

    Keeping from old system:
    Processor: Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6700
    RAM: 4gb DDR2 667
    Hard Drives
    1 Geforce 8800GTX vid card

    Junking: H2c cooling system, old motherboard, old power supply, 1 of the graphics cards

    I have my a SB xfi soundcard from the old system not sure if it would work in the new system or if I should even carry it over. Any thoughts?

    Is there anything I am missing or forgetting? I am new to this so I just want to make sure all these things are compatible once put together. Thanks for the help again.
  2. I just finished it and I'm up and running again. Cost me less than $400 bucks. I also learned so much just from reading these forums and it really isn't that difficult to build computers. You just have to read a ton of forums and guides then sift through the bad information. I am actually building another desktop for the wife from scratch because I enjoyed making the first one.

    It turns out the problem was either with the power supply or the motherboard because everything else I carried over works great on the new desktop build.

    So if anyone has a solid amber light on their Dell XPS 710 H2C its more than likely your motherboard died or PSU failed. Build your own computer and you will be way happier than relying on Dell for their crap customer service and warranties.

    Just my 2 cents.
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