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Dell XPS 8900 - motherboard replacement


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#1 vic10036

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Posted 17 January 2017 - 10:34 AM

So the motherboard died from a 2015 purchase - Can I replace the motherboard with something from newegg? If so - any recommendations so that i can reuse most if not all of the dell components ( wifi/BT, HDD, memory etc)



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Posted 17 January 2017 - 11:34 AM

Without investigating deeply the components, I can tell you the major problem you are going to have; most of the components can be re-used, but all of these retail manufacturers (Dell, Acer, HP, etc.) have their mainboards supplied by commercial jobbers, mostly from asia and the Pacific rim. The boards are  custom-manufactured to use the components specified by the manufacturer. The problem you will have is trying to find the proper mountings on the board for the current Dell CPU socket and heatsink that you will want to use. I have been down this road a few times and it never ended well. If you get a new mainboard, carefully check that the new mainboard's mounting plate will accept the original Dell heatsink mounts. If they don't line up perfectly you will have no way of locking down the heatsink over the CPU.

Others here may have additional insight.


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Posted 17 January 2017 - 11:39 AM

So the motherboard died from a 2015 purchase - Can I replace the motherboard with something from newegg? If so - any recommendations so that i can reuse most if not all of the dell components ( wifi/BT, HDD, memory etc)

 

Dell XPS 8900 Desktop Motherboard DDR4 LGA1151 XJ8C4 0XJ8C4

 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/like/401171680790?lpid=82&chn=ps&ul_noapp=true


Edited by CyberSec_ET, 17 January 2017 - 11:44 AM.


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Posted 17 January 2017 - 11:48 AM

 

So the motherboard died from a 2015 purchase - Can I replace the motherboard with something from newegg? If so - any recommendations so that i can reuse most if not all of the dell components ( wifi/BT, HDD, memory etc)

 

Dell XPS 8900 Desktop Motherboard DDR4 LGA1151 XJ8C4 0XJ8C4

 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/like/401171680790?lpid=82&chn=ps&ul_noapp=true

 

And it's used. Ouch. 

 

For your reference here are your specs. Notice in the specs if you have a SSD is may be using a M.2 slot along with the Wifi card.

 

http://downloads.dell.com/manuals/all-products/esuprt_desktop/esuprt_xps_desktop/xps-8900-desktop_reference%20guide_en-us.pdf

 

You can also get your service manual on this page


Edited by JohnC_21, 17 January 2017 - 11:48 AM.


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Posted 17 January 2017 - 03:33 PM

Thank you all for the information!

 

Dell Support quoted me 190 for the mobo if I do it myself - not a biggie - but if the mobo is DOA - then I'm basically out of luck. To get back in good graces - Dell wants me to buy the mobo and subscribe to their extended warranty plan (about 150) - hence the big reason for finding a replacement mobo minus everything else. Im not that worried about the data as everything is up in the cloud so I'll just reinstall the OS/Apps.



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Posted 17 January 2017 - 04:05 PM

Dell Factory Outlet is no longer online?  Wait, you said Dell Support, is that Dell Factory Outlet?


Edited by RolandJS, 17 January 2017 - 04:06 PM.

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Posted 17 January 2017 - 04:18 PM

Here is a supposedly new Dell mobo, tested, with a 30 day return if not satisfied. The vendor has a 99.5% satisfactory review. I am not a big fan of Ebay, but I have used it for a few things and so far had good experiences.

You might balance off the cost of the mobo against a new computer, OR using a new board and new chip. If you only got 2 years off the exisiting board that does not testify well as to the quality of the board, IMHO.

 

[EDIT/afterthought]:  Ok, I found this spec on the CPU: "Skylake sixth generation quad-core 3.4GHz Intel Core i7-6700 CPU"; does that agree with the CPU you have currently? If so, you might be able to find a board on Newegg or Amazon that has the correct socket for that CPU. Then buy that board, and hopefully the heatsink that you currently have will mount to it. IF it turns out that it will not mount, purchase a heatsink that will mount on that board. Asus and MSI make pretty good boards. I am not sure if you will save any money, but just a thought.


Edited by ranchhand_, 17 January 2017 - 04:30 PM.

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Posted 18 January 2017 - 09:39 AM

If you purchase a motherboard from newegg other than the dell and your Windows was OEM then you will need to purchase a new license but I have read where people called Microsoft and explained the problem and Microsoft transferred the license.



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Posted 21 February 2017 - 10:03 AM

Hi all -

 

Just wanted to give a heads up that it was successful 

 

I purchased a MSI Z170a SLI Plus mobo for about $100. and got a new case($30) to go along with the new form factor and was able to reuse everything else. I was able to successfully transplant the processor, heat sink, cpu fan, system fan into the new system. The hard drive I did had doubts about but when i plugged it in an booted everything came right up. I just have to remove the Dell software off the hard drive but there was no data loss whatsoever. 

 

Thanks all for the assist.






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