Which parts should i get for my Studio XPS 9100?

Hey everyone, I've finally decided to upgrade to the Radeon 7970, but since I have all stock parts, I know that almost everything else will need an upgrade.

Here is the GPU I would like

I know that I will need a new motherboard too, so i was thinking of this one

I will also need (according to AMD) a PSU of at least 500w, so i was considering this one

And to fit it all in, I wasn't too sure what to get for a case.


My current setup is:

Dell Studio XPS 9100

CPU: Intel i7 @3.20GHZ
GPU: Radeon HD 6450
PSU: N/A
Motherboard: N/A
RAM: 12GB
64Bit
Running Windows 7


Will the items i have listed all be compatible?

I know you all probably see hundreds of threads like these every day, but please help me out on this one. I've went to the local computer shops and they didn't want anything to do with me.

My budget is a solid $1500


Thanks for reading this, it means alot!
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  1. Why don't you build a new computer with all the parts? You can buy all parts within your budget. According to your specs I believe that you have a LGA 1366 X58 board with a first generation i7 processor. Your motherboard probably doesnot have a Sata 3 or USB 3 controller which is quite important these days. Also you have the old pcie x16 2.0 port.

    I'm saying this because you can afford a new system with hd 7970

    Motherboard
    Gigabyte X79-UD5 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128531 $280
    Or
    ASUS Sabertooth X79 $310

    GPU
    Gigabyte 7970 GHz Edition http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125439 $450

    PSU
    Cooler Master TX750 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139006 $120
    Or
    SeaSonic X750 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151087 $145

    RAM
    Patriot viper 3 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820220729 $100

    HDD
    WD Green 2TB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136891 $110

    Case
    Tt http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811133100 $100

    Still you've got enough remaining for the processor. $320

    If you wanna stick to your plan get the case and the PSU mentioned.
  2. Xttony said:
    Why don't you build a new computer with all the parts? You can buy all parts within your budget. According to your specs I believe that you have a LGA 1366 X58 board with a first generation i7 processor. Your motherboard probably doesnot have a Sata 3 or USB 3 controller which is quite important these days. Also you have the old pcie x16 2.0 port.

    I'm saying this because you can afford a new system with hd 7970



    I would love to just buy a new system, but my parents bought me this system for christmas last year, and they're already kinda upset that I want to upgrade it.

    I could probably get a better gaming laptop for half the price.


    So would the parts i've listed in my original post work alright?

    Thanks for the reply
  3. TehNinja said:
    Hey everyone, I've finally decided to upgrade to the Radeon 7970, but since I have all stock parts, I know that almost everything else will need an upgrade.

    Here is the GPU I would like

    I know that I will need a new motherboard too, so i was thinking of this one

    I will also need (according to AMD) a PSU of at least 500w, so i was considering this one

    And to fit it all in, I wasn't too sure what to get for a case.


    My current setup is:

    Dell Studio XPS 9100

    CPU: Intel i7 @3.20GHZ
    GPU: Radeon HD 6450
    PSU: N/A
    Motherboard: N/A
    RAM: 12GB
    64Bit
    Running Windows 7


    Will the items i have listed all be compatible?

    I know you all probably see hundreds of threads like these every day, but please help me out on this one. I've went to the local computer shops and they didn't want anything to do with me.

    My budget is a solid $1500


    Thanks for reading this, it means alot!


    You need an LGA1366 motherboard.

    That powersupply is the BEST in its pricerange.

    Youl enjoy that GPU.
  4. GPU
    Gigabyte 7970 GHz Edition http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125439 $450

    PSU
    Cooler Master TX750 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139006 $120
    Or
    SeaSonic X750 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151087 $145

    Case
    Tt http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811133100 $100

    It is better to get a higher power power supply for being on the safe side.
    The case is out of stock now but it is a very good case and get it from somewhere else or when it becomes available.

    If you are planning to buy a new motherboard get this
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Rampage-III-Extreme-FOR-ASUS-LGA-1366-Intel-X58-SATA-6Gb-s-USB-3-0-/261145394691?pt=Motherboards&hash=item3ccd7a7e03 $220
  5. Xttony said:
    GPU
    Gigabyte 7970 GHz Edition http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125439 $450

    PSU
    Cooler Master TX750 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139006 $120
    Or
    SeaSonic X750 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151087 $145

    Case
    Tt http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811133100 $100

    It is better to get a higher power power supply for being on the safe side.
    The case is out of stock now but it is a very good case and get it from somewhere else or when it becomes available.

    If you are planning to buy a new motherboard get this
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Rampage-III-Extreme-FOR-ASUS-LGA-1366-Intel-X58-SATA-6Gb-s-USB-3-0-/261145394691?pt=Motherboards&hash=item3ccd7a7e03 $220



    I love that case :love:

    Thanks everyone, your da best!
  6. The case also supports liquid cooling! Here are some other cases
    http://www.thermaltakeusa.com/Product.aspx?C=1303&ID=1423
    Cooler master cosmos 2
  7. And my i7 should be able to keep up with all of this correct?
  8. TehNinja said:
    And my i7 should be able to keep up with all of this correct?


    Yes, an i7, is still an i7 ;)
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