I have a XPS Gen2 and am attempting to emulate your cooling solution..
I am keeping the original Dell motherboard. I have replaced the Dell proprietary heat sink and retention solution with a standard Intel retention bracket. Upgraded the Northwood P4 3.0GHz processor to a Northwood P4 3.4GHz. Removed the CPU shroud, added a Zalman CNPS9500 CPU cooler with Artic Silver 5 thermal compound and replaced both rear case fans with two Antec 75009 92mm fans (variable speed with built-in temperature sensor) oriented to expel air from the case.
Currently without installing the front fans and with the Artic Silver 5 not yet having time to cure I am seeing over 10 C decrease in CPU and case temps.. I also have > 5 C decrease in my video card GPU temps just from the increased airflow through the removal of the CPU shroud and the rear fan changes.
I still have the Dell case fans plugged in to their motherboard headers to avoid fan failure messages.. I am waiting for the 3 “Dell Fan Terminator for use with SlotWonder: This is a jumper that will fix any Dell that receives the ‘Fan Failure’ error at boot up." which I ordered from www.powerleap.com to arrive so I can ditch the Dell fans.
I have 2 Antec LED80XFAN 80mm Blue LED Case Fans ready to mount in the front of the case as you have done. Apart from the reconfiguration of the hard drive rails, how did you attach the front fans to the case?
With 3M doublesided tape
You can disable the fan error in the BIOS, disable Keyboard Error Reporting
What Bios version are you on? I think I'm on AO7
Yeah man I was totally shocked when I analyzed the OEM cooling.
I was like *** mate.
My XPS has run its course, I have a TT Armor thats waiting for a board so I can slap my E6700 in and get modern for a coupla months.
If I could get a few more Blueribbons over on the eVGA forums I'd get a 680I.
The mods have been pretty stingy lately with BR's though
Lemme know if you have any more questions.
I wanna know what your CPU loads at with the 9500.
EDIT--> What vidcard do you have?