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post #11 of 21
they make adapters for that if I'm not mistaken
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post #12 of 21
I've been reading this thread before ordering PNY Nvidia GeForce GTX580, and Corsair AX 850 to replace my current system ( dell XPS9000, AMD radeon 5450).
I was hoping it to work. When I replace these two items in the XPS900, computer beeps 6 times consecutively. (things are placed correctly).doesn't boot .. nightmare..
When I talked to Dell support, they said this Nvidia GTX580 is not compatible, and ask me to keep the latest bios A16 from dell site, and return the items.
I remember reading article about bios from dell blocking this kind of upgrade, because they have the deal with ATI,etc, and suggesting to get the older bios , or something.
not sure what to do.. any suggestion? order a new mobo?
thanks
post #13 of 21
just an update.
It turned about that PSU Corsair AX859 that I just received ( new package) was a defect one.
For dell XPS 9000, with Newest bios, with newest driver for Nvidia GTX580 from Nvidia site , old PSU (from xps 9000) works fine with Nvidia GTX580 so far.
post #14 of 21
Yes, I can also confirm that the Corsair AX 850 and GTX580 (mine is MSI NGTX580 twin Frozr ii OC) can both be installed into the Dell XPS 435t/9000.

I did this several months ago. No problems.smile.gif The PSU isn't a perfect fit though and you'll have a small space under it. But this isn't an issue. There is plenty of space for the GPU.

Also added an SSD (Crucial m4) and a soundblaster titanium sound card.

The PC is now a respectable gaming machine due to a proper power supply, easily OC the GPU and a speedy SSD.

Still stuck with the crap Dell mobo though. Found a way of increasing the CPU base clock from 133MHz to 138MHz using software called "setFSB." It's not much, but gives me an extra 115MHz (23x5MHz). Anymore than a 5MHz increase and the system freezes. There is a youtube video showing how to do it. (Sorry, don't have the link right now).

Next year I'll build my own system with a decent mobo. No more of this OEM locked mobo B.S.!!
post #15 of 21
@ NDK, Read your post that the Asus P6x58d fits into the 9000. Thanks man.

Two questions. I can only find the P6x58d-E I assume they are the same?
The prices are coming down on these mobos now so I'm wondering if it's worth the effort with my i7 940. My system is already two years old (bought April 2009)

Second question: you mentioned having to fiddle with the front panel. Is it difficult? I don't have very steady hands, and am not good with really fiddly stuff.redface.gif

My system is barely a Dell anymore, if I change the mobo too, it will only be Dell by name. Not nature.

No more OEM's for me in future!!
post #16 of 21
I hope this thread is not too old...

I'm also replacing my Dell 435T's motherboard, but with a Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R.

I have everything all figured out *except* for the front panel power switch connector. I can't find the pinout description for the connector on the old 435T motherboard. How did you handle this?

I guess, if necessary, I'll have to trace out the connections myself and (possibly) rewire the connector so it matches with the Gigabyte's pinout. :-(

Thank you,
Randy Stegbauer
post #17 of 21
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Originally Posted by rjstegbauer View Post

I hope this thread is not too old...
I'm also replacing my Dell 435T's motherboard, but with a Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R.
I have everything all figured out *except* for the front panel power switch connector. I can't find the pinout description for the connector on the old 435T motherboard. How did you handle this?
I guess, if necessary, I'll have to trace out the connections myself and (possibly) rewire the connector so it matches with the Gigabyte's pinout. :-(
Thank you,
Randy Stegbauer

The old thread continues! I have ordered (will receive tomorrow) the same board as you, Randy (GA-58X-UD3R rev.2).

I was just wondering if you had any success with the front panel power switch?

Also, are there any potential pitfalls or difficulties. (I'm not really good at this kind of thing). How easy/difficult is it to do? Any info about your installation would be much appreciated!

BTW, I have the Dell Studio XPS 435T renamed to 9000 - the same computer as you. I bought it back in April 2009 but am just fed up with the crippled mobo. I have installed a GTX 580 GPU and upgraded the PSU to an 850 watt Corsair AX850 so I would like some freedom/control over my system. My CPU is the old i7 940 no longer produced.

Thank you. Anything advice would be great! Cheers.

Andy
post #18 of 21
I have an XPS 9000/435T. Got it new almost 2years ago. Its burned through 4 hard drives and a mother board and again this week when I sat down to use it again, it was frozen. Had to force it closed and reboot....would not open. Called tech support and they run a diagnostic test and find the hard drive is bad again.

Whats up with this machine that I keep going thru hard drives ? Any ideas out there?
post #19 of 21
Thanks for posting your set ups. I have an XPS 9000 and have been looking to see what kind of upgrades I can make. I just ordered a new graphics card (Geforce GTX 660 - $215) and a PSU (AX860 - $185). I already had a Crucial M4 SSD with a pair of 1TB Caviar drives and 12GB of memory. I also have the i7 920 processor that I'm considering upgrading to a 990x, but not sure if it's worth it. I think a motherboard upgrade might be an option down the road as well.
post #20 of 21
SaaaWEET !!! I have the 435t i7 920 and has been out of warranty for about 6 months,,, So glad I found others that want to make the best of whats left,, lol... Motherboard change is my first need. I'll post progress when / as I make changes.

So many options and new products since I bought this.

Cheers !!!
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