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New Dell 8300 - questions on upgrading

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April 13, 2012 8:55:44 PM

Hi .. I just bought a Dell 8300 (I know not the most highly regarded brand) i7-2600 with 8GB RAM, 1TB 7200RPM HDD, AMD Radon HD6450-1GB graphics, 2 USB3.0 ports that use 1 of the PCI-EXI slots (sort of the standard 8300). I have had the cover off to look around a bit seeing the following: 460W power supply, 2 open SATA sockets, 2 open PCI-EXI slots, 1 open PCIE minicard slot (about 1" x 1" size capacity).

Mostly, I would like to use this system to convert a variety of home videos capturing the "raw" video from the camera or tape player (VHS, SVHS, 8mm VHS, mini VHS - all analog) and then making the best quality DVD (of course as appropriate for the native resolution).

#1: I was going to add: 2TB HDD (easy enough), a BlueRay DVD burner (easy enough) and change out the RAM for 16GB (4x4GB again easy enough) - thoughts on the appropriateness of these changes?
#2: any suggestions on a video capture card and/or USB video capture device (would need s-video port, composite ports, standard video port and audio L/R ports and firewire 1394 would be desirable)?
#3: is there an easy way to determine how much of the power supply is being "used" - i.e. adding up the watts of the components (and where can I obtain that info)?
#4: eventually I might want to upgrade the graphic card but I am unclear how much more "powerful" I can go with the current power supply and the items I want to add above (#1 and #2)? From what I have read so far, the power supply could be swapped out but it is not exactly easy on this frame.
#5: I was also thinking of adding wifi-bluetooth hoping to use the PCIE minicard slot but I'm unclear how to select an appropriate card (it seems they usually do not provide the dimensions on-line) - there does seem to be an antenna wire already in place (not an antenna rod but the Dell style wire that sits under the top of the case plastic cover) - suggestions?

Thanks

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April 14, 2012 2:58:22 AM

1) should all fit, although I'd check the qvl (qualified vendors list) for ram just to be extra sure http://www.dell.com/us/p/xps-8300/pd .

2) If by "standard video port" you mean coax, then a standard tv tuner card should provide you with all the inputs you need (ex. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...). I can't give any assurances on the video/encoding quality, or it's usefulness as capture/edit device though. You may have to either find some way to convert the coax to rca and get a proper capture interface ( http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E... or http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/buy/Computer-Video-Hardwa... ), or leave the coax option off altogether.


3)These will give u an estimate

http://support.asus.com/powersupply.aspx
http://extreme.outervision.com/psucalculatorlite.jsp

4) The xps 8300 comes stock with a 460w psu http://www.dell.com/us/p/xps-8300/pd . that being said, different gpus have different power specs. when the time comes to upgrade, you'll have to do some research on your own (the links above will help).

5) The antenna already provided with the case is probably for the stock N wireless card. There are N mini pci cards out there that also feature bluetooth (such as the intel centrino 6230), but I personally think you should save yourself the headache and just get a cheap run-of-the-mill bluetooth USB 2.0 dongle.
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April 17, 2012 6:06:22 PM

Hi .... Thanks for the reply James ... for #2, what I shuld have said is "RCA connectors" rather than "standard video port" (I did not mean coax), however the other connectors (s-video and firewire 1394) should be correct. Your link to BHphoto worked however I could not get the link to the specific newegg product to work (don't know why).

So with my corrected connectors, if you any any further suggestions, I would be very interested.

Thanks
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April 17, 2012 7:22:26 PM

flyerKen said:
Hi .... Thanks for the reply James ... for #2, what I shuld have said is "RCA connectors" rather than "standard video port" (I did not mean coax), however the other connectors (s-video and firewire 1394) should be correct. Your link to BHphoto worked however I could not get the link to the specific newegg product to work (don't know why).

So with my corrected connectors, if you any any further suggestions, I would be very interested.

Thanks



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