Know what you got, inspect and verify
by Willy - 3/5/12 7:34 AM
In Reply to: Some clarification by newmanchris84
Quite frankly, while the XPS is a capable PC, it may not offer the full range of cpu upgrades. Find out the mtrbd. true maker and follow the info to get the full specs, such as socket, current cpu, etc., then visit the cpu maker to follow-up on what that class of cpu falls-in. The group it's part of suggest the upgrades, but not all of them can be installed. Next, I would install the latest bios update which in turn provides greater support and flexibity of cpu upgrades. What makes somewhat less felixble is that the XPS is Dell maker, thus OEM. OEM,s tend to be restrictive and your only hope is through Dell, etc.. releases, updates, etc.. While it can be done, it becomes a PITA to proceed. jhe bios updates helps but even that is still cloated in limited flexibility. It's far better to just pitch the mtrbd. and install a more user-friendly gamer type mtrbd. that basically is already set to go, it's not locked down as it were, its more open to changes, etc..
Here's what I would do with what you got or more immediate upgrades. Increase ram, but only what you need, don't over stuff it. Next, replace PSU with a more capable one that matches the needs of the GPU upgrade. That's a better power fit as GPU replacements offer better apparent end results, but they are power hungry. Last and NOT to be left out, increase cooling or assure cooling is well taken of.
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