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Upgrading Stock Dell XPS 700

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#1 ashton_r


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Posted 05 February 2014 - 01:53 PM

My uncle is a major techie guy, I'm starting to get into that field of mechanics, and I'm trying to upgrade what I have. The specs are everything is stock, so it's google-able. What I want to do is upgrade the motherboard because it doesn't support Windows 7 for driver capabilities, I had to run it in compatibility mode just to get the needed drivers. I don't want that issue though. I'd love to buy the "best" motherboard out there but I don't know if it would physically fit. IT is a HUGE case and it's a project. I just don't want to "over-upgrade" if you know what I mean. I tried Google and everything. Starting from scratch, I guess the first question I would like to know, in order:


1: What's the best motherboard I can buy that would fit this case?


2: What's the best video card I can buy for the new motherboard if it's not the best?


3: I understand I might need to buy a new power supply and everything, and I'm okay with that, so where's the best place to buy the poducts? I have heard of NEWegg, Amazon, Ebay. Opinions appreciated.


Thank you for taking the time to look at my post.


ESSENTIALS!!! I want to build a gaming computer that will run Windows 7, and I can install all the drivers without hassle. If possible.


P.S. Also, I am prepared in case I cannot do any of these. I have seen some posts on Google that advises to just start from scratch with a new case. Let me know if this is true please. I've only invested a little bit in the system itself.

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#2 killerx525


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Posted 05 February 2014 - 03:26 PM

Hi, upon doing a bit of research, it seems your case supports BTX which is dead form factor standard for motherboards and the only way to reuse the case is by converting it to ATX, through modding it. Your best bet is to go for a new case and maybe reuse certain parts like the hard drive etc.

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