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 Post subject: New motherboard for XPS 8000?
 Post Posted: Thu May 24, 2012 11:07 pm 
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Hey guys, long time no post. With your help I was able to get my new build up and going and things are going well, but I have another issue.

My brother has a XPS 8000. It is old, and he puts the thing to use. He is having random lockups and shutdowns, and they are starting to happen a lot. He would like to fix it up a little, and came to me for help. So here are some questions:

1. What motherboard would be compatible with the Dell case and his Core i5 750. I have done some research and don't know what exactly to look for...

2. He wants to upgrade his RAM as well, more memory! He routinely uses 80-90% of his 4GB right now so wants to go with 8GB.

3. Would it be just a simple swap over to a new motherboard or is there more work involved?

4. Would it be better to build a new machine. He wants to keep the cost down to under $200. I told him with motherboard and RAM that should not be a problem.

Thanks in advance for any advice or help you can offer!

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 Post subject: Re: New motherboard for XPS 8000?
 Post Posted: Thu May 24, 2012 11:17 pm 
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Okay, well I found out its a P55 chipset...

http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/s ... #wp1194395

http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/s ... /index.htm

Not sure what motherboard will fit though. Found one on Newegg:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6813138160

Will it fit? Question of the day...

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EVGA GTX760 Superclocked ACX (x2 sli)
8GB Corsair Vengeance DDR3 1600
Antec HCG-750 Power Supply
Cooler Master HAF 912 Case
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 Post subject: Re: New motherboard for XPS 8000?
 Post Posted: Thu May 24, 2012 11:38 pm 
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Or maybe this one...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6813121421

I think its a Micro ATX board, but not sure.

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4GB DDR2 @ 800Mhz


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Intel Core i5-2500K
ASUS P8P67 PRO Motherboard
EVGA GTX760 Superclocked ACX (x2 sli)
8GB Corsair Vengeance DDR3 1600
Antec HCG-750 Power Supply
Cooler Master HAF 912 Case
Windows 7 x64
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 Post subject: Re: New motherboard for XPS 8000?
 Post Posted: Thu May 24, 2012 11:43 pm 
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Judging from that motherboard diagram and the size of the case, I would say that is an mATX board. I don't think ATX boards will fit that chassis. It looks way to small and compact.

I haven't really messed around with one of these models, so I cannot say that you will have zero problems when swapping the board. But I am fairly certain its mATX. I would recommend staying away from ASUS though unless you feel like doing the same front panel mod on the 630i. :D I don't think these systems have Master I/O boards, so you should be ok.

Also, you should make sure you have the same number of USB headers, and other connections on the board for all the cables inside so all your ports will function.

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 Post subject: Re: New motherboard for XPS 8000?
 Post Posted: Wed Sep 26, 2012 4:04 pm 
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Hey everyone,

Well, he finally got the parts and I put everything in. The install was quick but now the computer wont turn on. I get a green light on the motherboard, but when I hit the power button all the fans twitch then the green light turns off on the back of the power supply. It will turn back on in about 20 seconds, then when I hit the power button the same thing happens. All the fans twitch, the processor, video card, case fan, and power supply fan, the green light on the motherboard stays on, but the green light on the power supply turns off...

Is it a defective power supply? I have never seen this before. Help please!

Thanks!

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Dell XPS 630i:
Stock system
E8400
GeForce 8800GT
4GB DDR2 @ 800Mhz


Flight Sim PC:
Intel Core i5-2500K
ASUS P8P67 PRO Motherboard
EVGA GTX760 Superclocked ACX (x2 sli)
8GB Corsair Vengeance DDR3 1600
Antec HCG-750 Power Supply
Cooler Master HAF 912 Case
Windows 7 x64
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 Post subject: Re: New motherboard for XPS 8000?
 Post Posted: Wed Sep 26, 2012 4:23 pm 
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What did you end up swapping into the system?

From your description, it seems like something is shorting out, or the power supply may not have enough power. But it shouldn't have an issue delivering enough power if all your swapped was the board.

I would try removing the board, and reinstalling it again, checking everything carefully. Also, remove and reinstall the processor, RAM and any other expansion cards.

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 Post subject: Re: New motherboard for XPS 8000?
 Post Posted: Wed Sep 26, 2012 10:35 pm 
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m3th0d1c4l wrote:
What did you end up swapping into the system?

From your description, it seems like something is shorting out, or the power supply may not have enough power. But it shouldn't have an issue delivering enough power if all your swapped was the board.

I would try removing the board, and reinstalling it again, checking everything carefully. Also, remove and reinstall the processor, RAM and any other expansion cards.


Hey thanks Method. I replaced the motherboard and ram. Everything else is the same. This is what I ordered for him:

Motherboard:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6813121421

Memory:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6820231311

I'll work on removing and re-installing again and report back. Thanks so much for the help!

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Dell XPS 630i:
Stock system
E8400
GeForce 8800GT
4GB DDR2 @ 800Mhz


Flight Sim PC:
Intel Core i5-2500K
ASUS P8P67 PRO Motherboard
EVGA GTX760 Superclocked ACX (x2 sli)
8GB Corsair Vengeance DDR3 1600
Antec HCG-750 Power Supply
Cooler Master HAF 912 Case
Windows 7 x64
1 Dell 23" & 2 Dell 20" LCD's
Full Saitek Pro Flight FSX Setup


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 Post subject: Re: New motherboard for XPS 8000?
 Post Posted: Thu Sep 27, 2012 4:06 am 
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The board and RAM look fine, so no issues there, unless something was defective on arrival.

I would still start out and remove and reinstall the motherboard. Check the I/O shield as well, make sure it is well fit and that the board is sitting snug into position.

Also, try not to tighten the heatsink on too tight to the motherboard. I have seen it before where the heatsink was too tight, and prevented the system from booting. Don't know why, but I know some of the older nvidia 6 and 7 series boards did this as well as some X58 boards (mainly ASUS).

If all else fails, start checking for hardware faults by testing the system with minimum hardware (one stick of RAM, single HDD, etc). If you have a spare PSU, give that a shot as well. Even though I really doubt the PSU is the issue, it is quite possible with the new processor and motherboard.

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 Post subject: Re: New motherboard for XPS 8000?
 Post Posted: Tue Oct 02, 2012 11:29 pm 
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Before I took the motherboard out I tried pulling power to everything except the hard drive and fans. Took out the video card and removed one stick of ram. Same issue. Swapped ram. Same issue. So now:

Motherboard out, loosened the CPU fan, swapped ram sticks. Going to re-install here in a minute. Thanks again so much for your help! I'll post back.

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Dell XPS 630i:
Stock system
E8400
GeForce 8800GT
4GB DDR2 @ 800Mhz


Flight Sim PC:
Intel Core i5-2500K
ASUS P8P67 PRO Motherboard
EVGA GTX760 Superclocked ACX (x2 sli)
8GB Corsair Vengeance DDR3 1600
Antec HCG-750 Power Supply
Cooler Master HAF 912 Case
Windows 7 x64
1 Dell 23" & 2 Dell 20" LCD's
Full Saitek Pro Flight FSX Setup


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 Post subject: Re: New motherboard for XPS 8000?
 Post Posted: Wed Oct 03, 2012 3:42 pm 
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Okay, took everything out, re-installed the processor and everything. Re-installed the motherboard and still the same problem. Tried more troubleshooting steps you listed. Took everything out of the equation except the HD and fans and still nothing. Re-installed the original motherboard and the computer is up and running (for now). Going to try and send back the motherboard to Intel and see what happens. Thanks again for all your help Method and I'll post back when I get it up and running! Let me know if you think of anything else it might be...

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Dell XPS 630i:
Stock system
E8400
GeForce 8800GT
4GB DDR2 @ 800Mhz


Flight Sim PC:
Intel Core i5-2500K
ASUS P8P67 PRO Motherboard
EVGA GTX760 Superclocked ACX (x2 sli)
8GB Corsair Vengeance DDR3 1600
Antec HCG-750 Power Supply
Cooler Master HAF 912 Case
Windows 7 x64
1 Dell 23" & 2 Dell 20" LCD's
Full Saitek Pro Flight FSX Setup


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