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Why cant you change a dell studio xps 9100 i7 930 to i7 960

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April 4, 2012 5:01:06 AM

Hello,
why cant you change a dell studio xps 9100 i7 930 to i7 960. talked to their tech support and they said it's easier to buy a new computer???? How can this be? they are the same sockets right?

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April 4, 2012 5:54:35 AM

Yes they are the same socket, both processors are 1366. My guess is probably for whatever reason thier proprietary motherboard doesn't support the upgrade. Usually OEM computers are very limited in what can be upgraded. If the motherboard doesn't support the 960 you would have to get a new motherboard which means new RAM and of course the processor. That right ther is half the computer that's why the tech said it would be easier to just get a new computer. Also have you gone onto Dells website and checked the CPU compatability list of your computer just to make sure what the tech said is right?
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April 4, 2012 8:56:22 AM

Dell sold a Studio XPS 9100 i7 with a 960 so most likely it will be fine.

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April 4, 2012 5:02:01 PM

Like I said I would go onto to Dell's website, find your computer model and look up the CPU compatability list just to be sure.
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April 4, 2012 6:01:56 PM

The motherboard should support a i7-960. At one time it was an option to order on Dell's site. Reference the below article:

http://www.desktopreview.com/default.asp?newsID=1170

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Customers looking for a bit more power can certainly find it; the quad-core Core i7-960 will run an additional $470 and the six-core Core i7-980X upgrade is a cool grand.


They are probably unable to reference the correct documentation and trying to sell you a new computer. I have upgraded CPUs in a number of Dell XPS machines without a problem, staying in the same processor family. Dell is rather good (historically) at providing BIOS compatibility for CPUs.

Supported procs for the motherboard are at least:

◦Intel Core i7-930
◦Intel Core i7-960
◦Intel Core i7-990X
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April 4, 2012 6:16:15 PM

Exactly why I said to check the website. I don't trust anything the people at Dell say. They have the biggest idiots for customer service, monkies could do better than the people at Dell.
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April 11, 2012 2:26:35 AM

Anonymous_26 said:
Exactly why I said to check the website. I don't trust anything the people at Dell say. They have the biggest idiots for customer service, monkies could do better than the people at Dell.


LOL Sad, but I have to agree with you.

Thanks, I will check the site out and let you know how it comes out.

Dave
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April 18, 2012 10:30:59 PM

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