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Old 05-23-2009, 06:07 AM   #1
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I use an XPS 710 at work since gaming PC's work really well for CAD/graphics.

I've been babying my previous Dell PWS650 to work at home, but it's getting long in the tooth.

I like the look of the XPS 700 series case and they are readily available on ebay. I was looking into building a custom rig (gaming specific) and would like to use the XPS platform.

Does anyone know if I can use aftermarket components like motherboards and PSU's in a DELL or do these cases only take DELL-made/branded motherboards and such.

The 650 that I've got uses a proprietary PSU that is part of the case, so I can't upgrade to a more powerful unit.

Has anyone build a custom rig with this case? and if so, what MB did you end up using?

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Old 05-23-2009, 01:04 PM   #2
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hello,
building a gaming PC is a lot of fun indeed
but I suggest that you get your own case, cause all the PSUs that comes in the prebuilt PCs are weak, so yes you need to upgrade to a lot better PSU than the one that cam with the DELL case

that is a great Case :

Antec 900 :
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811129021

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That and a lot of the Dell XPS cases are for BTX form factor motherboards not ATX.
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Also its a DELL so I wouldn't want to use it since they're hard to upgrade.
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wrong section o.O and try this case too
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811119137
if you want a nice one.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...er%20haf%20932
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Dell cases are not good for cooling.
The Antec 300 and 900 are good cases....same case inside but the 900 has a window and costs $45 more. The COOLER MASTER RC-690 is an excellent case. Lots of room to work and good cooling.
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Well the Antec 900 has 2 major things over the Antec 300.

The Antec 900 has both its front fan slots filled and a 200mm top fan instead of the 140mm fan on the Antec 300.
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"Most" of my customers prefer as clean and quiet as possible. Front fans pull in dust and create more noise. Two front fans = dust and noise X 2.
Having the same interior as the 900, I prefer to build with the 300's (remove the front fan) for less maintenance and less noise.
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I prefer loud and cool.

I can have a overclocked GTX 260 running quiet, it would break. When I looked for a case it needs to have front fans for cooling.

Customers should be utting up with noise unless they want to go with the liquid cooling route.
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Why "put up" with noise when it's not necessary?

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