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.
Case: Antec Sonata Elite Black 0.8mm cold rolled steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Possible alternative: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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.
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.