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Hi there, new to OC.net. Sorry for such a noobish question.

I purchased a Dell Studio XPS 9000/435T prebuilt OEM system back in August I believe. While I know it's not a good idea to go with prebuilt systems if I plan to upgrade or OC a computer, I had gotten this system for free from a Dell Gift Card I had won from my company. I paid with taxes $1090 with promotional discounts. I still have around 1400 left on the gift card. I was originally going to get an Alienware but I loved the case form factor on the XPS alot more so than the Alienware. Anywho the specs are what I got with the system + the small upgrades I've done on my own and plan to reuse.

12gb ram (Preinstalled)
PNY GTX 580 (Self installed)
Intel i7-960 @ 3.20 GHz (Preinstalled)
Corsair HX850 (Self installed)
Corsair H70 (Self installed)

Now my main question is that I want to upgrade the motherboard and was wondering if anybody on here was successful enough to do so on these prebuilt systems, While I know that Dell builds their system to their proprietary standards, I just wanted to know if anybody has successfully upgraded their motherboard on these cases? I was looking into upgrading to an Asus Sabertooth X58.

Again thanks! I wasn't sure where else to post this thread at.
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Here is the motherboard I plan/wish to use in the Studio XPS 9000/435T

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=6666331&CatId=4070
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And the fotos of the tower.

dell-studio-xps-9000-p0g-460.jpgXPS-9000-267x300.jpg
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Hi Jboogs. Sorry I can't help you with your mobo question, but I have a question for you.

I have the same system Dell studio xps 435t purchased in 2009. I want to upgrade my ati hd4870 to the GTX580. The GTX is quite a bit bigger (at least 10.5"/270mm long). I was wondering how well it fits into the 435t tower, and if you had any difficulty or tips for an easy install?

Thanks man. smile.gif

P.S. Nice pictures and good luck with the mobo change. I gather from the dell forums it's not easy to do.
Edited by AndyG - 2/9/11 at 6:18am
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Hi there AndyG, sorry for the late response. Actually the GTX580 fits perfectly inside the 435T tower, I had no trouble installing it into the system. Just one advice, make sure to upgrade your PSU. I believe the stock PSU inside the 9000/435T systems came stock with a 475W PSU. I would recomment and suggest a Corsair, make sure it's a modular PSU. The airflow inside the case itself is somewhat bad if you have a whole mesh of wires all over the place or unless you're really good at hiding the extra wiring from a regular non-modular PSU. Anyhow, enjoy!
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Originally Posted by Jboogs;12346750 
Hi there AndyG, sorry for the late response. Actually the GTX580 fits perfectly inside the 435T tower, I had no trouble installing it into the system. Just one advice, make sure to upgrade your PSU. I believe the stock PSU inside the 9000/435T systems came stock with a 475W PSU. I would recomment and suggest a Corsair, make sure it's a modular PSU. The airflow inside the case itself is somewhat bad if you have a whole mesh of wires all over the place or unless you're really good at hiding the extra wiring from a regular non-modular PSU. Anyhow, enjoy!

Thanks, Jboogs. Good info. I am glad to hear from you it fits no problem - especially considering I just ordered the GTX580 (MSI twin Frozr II OC) today!

You are right about the PSU. The stock is crap and only 475W. I replaced it about 4 months ago with the Corsair AX 850, so no worries there.

You may find this interesting: I used the stock PSU for just over a year and on "cold start ups" not restart, the whole system would freeze at the BIOS stage - before windows was even in the picture. This happened about 1/4 or 1/3 of boot ups. Very annoying as the only solution was to force shut down.
Over at the Dell forums it seems others have experienced the same problem. I am not too bad when it comes to trouble shooting, but this one had me stumped. Anyway, after installing the Corsair 850watt, it has never happened again, and I have had no random freezing events either (they happened about twice a month before the new PSU).

Dell should really get their act together rather than save a few dollars on a generic underpowered PSU. I like the system overall, but there is really no excuse for this. Dell don't even offer an upgrade option for the PSU, but they do for most other components. It's not surprising they are struggling financially.

Anyway, apologies for the long post, but thanks again for your reply. smile.gif

P.S. I got carried away and didn't even ask you how the mobo change went. Could you do it? Great job if you did, never heard of anyone doing it before. (but plenty who want too.) Cheers.
Edited by AndyG - 2/11/11 at 9:01am
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They usually still use standard atx, m-atx, ect. form factors for the boards and you already have an aftermarket psu so I don't see why it wouldn't work. you might have to fiddle with the front panel connectors though.
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Originally Posted by AndyG;12346931 
P.S. I got carried away and didn't even ask you how the mobo change went. Could you do it? Great job if you did, never heard of anyone doing it before. (but plenty who want too.) Cheers.

I'm currently in the works with another PC, however, I stripped a few of the parts from my 9000/435T and placed it into my current build.

http://www.overclock.net/nvidia/890903-nvidia-gtx-500-series-owners-club-113.html

Post# 1123 is my current rig.

I have completely stripped down the 9000/435T to its bare bones. So all that's left is the case are the I/O Media ports/wiring from the front of the case. I tried placing an EVGA X58 FTW3 motherboard I had laying around. The holes from the plate where you mount the motherboard does not meet. I believe with minor modification to the plate You'd be able to upgrade it with ease.

On a side note, the available pci slots only show a configuration of enabling only a 2way SLi setup. If you tried a 3way SLi the 3rd card would be cramped and shoved.

Hope that helps!
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Thanks man. Clear pics on the link. I've seen the kind of cpu cooler you are using before, but I don't remember exactly. Is it a Corsair?
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Hi guys just thought I'd let you know asus p6x58d perfectly fits to xps 435t/9000 case. the only downside here is you have to work out front panel connectors...
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