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Installing a GTX 970/980 on a Dell Xps 8500

dealslasher 141 32 November 8, 2014 at 10:42 AM
So I have a Dell Xps 8500 that I bought about a year and a half ago. While researching whether a Nvidia gtx 970/980 was going to work in my machine, I came across threads of where the Gtx 970/980 was giving a black screen for the Xps 8700 machines. I've seen singular post that says the 8500 is affected too but no concrete evidence.

I know I will need to upgrade my PSU.
Have you upgraded your Xps 8500 with a gtx 970/980 and did you have any problems?

Have you installed a gtx 780 or titan and did it fit in the case?

Thanks

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I have the xps 8700 and put an r9 290 in it. its a tight fit but I was able to shoehorn it in there.
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Measure out the space you have available where you are slotted to seat the GTX 780/970/980 and then compare that to the measurements shown on the manufacturer's website. With a measuring tape, you should be able to find out if it's going to fit. With the rearranging of cabling you may/may not be able to get it to fit without physically having it on hand.
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Quote from mrbobhcrhs View Post :
I have the xps 8700 and put an r9 290 in it. its a tight fit but I was able to shoehorn it in there.
Do you mind if I ask what brand R9 290 you are using in your XPS 8700? Have you encountered any issues? Someone on the Dell forums claims that they had an Asus R9 290 and experienced "display loss".

I think I have about given up on the idea that Dell will release a MB bios update that will allow us to install the GTX970/980. Contemplating 290 or 290X as an alternative.
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Do you mind if I ask what brand R9 290 you are using in your XPS 8700? Have you encountered any issues? Someone on the Dell forums claims that they had an Asus R9 290 and experienced "display loss".

I think I have about given up on the idea that Dell will release a MB bios update that will allow us to install the GTX970/980. Contemplating 290 or 290X as an alternative.
I have the Asus! you mind sharing the link? I do get. message about display port failure when it comes back from sleep or the other machine on that monitor wakes up but that's it.
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I have the Asus! you mind sharing the link? I do get. message about display port failure when it comes back from sleep or the other machine on that monitor wakes up but that's it.
Unfortunately I only saw it mentioned in passing under the 970/980 thread. Here is the link (the very last post on the page by the user "mp3masta"):

http://en.community.dell.com/supp...4#20695090
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The GTX 970/980 will work in the XPS 8500 with the latest BIOS. Still won't work in the XPS 8700, though.
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The GTX 970/980 will work in the XPS 8500 with the latest BIOS. Still won't work in the XPS 8700, though.
GTX 970 works on XPS 8500 even with old A08 BIOS
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For anyone else that's done as much searching on Google as I have on this topic and kept ending up here. I'm pleased to announce this works, but installation wasn't a cake walk. My steup, Dell XPS 8500 i7 3770k blah blah blah. I recently got this card MSI GTX 980 GAMING 4G GeForce GTX 980 4GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support G-SYNC Support Video Card [newegg.com] it's quite a beefy card, larger than I expected but great design. I digress. Anyway, I thought I needed to upgrade the PSU as well to fire this bad boy so I got off to replacing that first before I started on the card, cutting a long story short, the Antec PSU I bought didn't work out the box, card fans fired for a sec or two, but kept dying, it also failed the 'paperclip test' misserably. The dang PSU was DOA so look out for this. After taking the new PSU out and putting back the stock Dell PSU just for kicks, lo and behold, the sucker fires up to my surprise. No extra screens no bios setup nothing, just straight to Windows login with the crappy 'no drivers' resolution for the new card. So looks like I don't need to upgrade the PSU after all. After installing the drivers, I went on to to totally own Project Cars on MAX settings! The biggest problem you will have is getting the power connectors (needs both 6 pin connectors from the Dell PSU connected) into the card and fitting it under the peripheral housing that braces all the HD and BD drives. This was a bitch! The power pins on that card are configured to the side, at the end of the card facing up, if the casing is laying on it's side with card in PSI slot. The length of it extends well beyond the default HD 7770 that came with the XPS. But lay the wires down flat as possible and shoe horn that sucker in. It fits. Tight, but it fits. Good luck!
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Quote from Sam_1am View Post :
For anyone else that's done as much searching on Google as I have on this topic and kept ending up here. I'm pleased to announce this works, but installation wasn't a cake walk. My steup, Dell XPS 8500 i7 3770k blah blah blah. I recently got this card MSI GTX 980 GAMING 4G GeForce GTX 980 4GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support G-SYNC Support Video Card [newegg.com] it's quite a beefy card, larger than I expected but great design. I digress. Anyway, I thought I needed to upgrade the PSU as well to fire this bad boy so I got off to replacing that first before I started on the card, cutting a long story short, the Antec PSU I bought didn't work out the box, card fans fired for a sec or two, but kept dying, it also failed the 'paperclip test' misserably. The dang PSU was DOA so look out for this. After taking the new PSU out and putting back the stock Dell PSU just for kicks, lo and behold, the sucker fires up to my surprise. No extra screens no bios setup nothing, just straight to Windows login with the crappy 'no drivers' resolution for the new card. So looks like I don't need to upgrade the PSU after all. After installing the drivers, I went on to to totally own Project Cars on MAX settings! The biggest problem you will have is getting the power connectors (needs both 6 pin connectors from the Dell PSU connected) into the card and fitting it under the peripheral housing that braces all the HD and BD drives. This was a bitch! The power pins on that card are configured to the side, at the end of the card facing up, if the casing is laying on it's side with card in PSI slot. The length of it extends well beyond the default HD 7770 that came with the XPS. But lay the wires down flat as possible and shoe horn that sucker in. It fits. Tight, but it fits. Good luck!
Late comment. Did you need to purchase 4-pin adapter to connect the new video card to the stock Dell XPS 8500 PSU? BTW, 6 months later, is the stock 460W PSU still working for you?
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Yea...Never like adding in graphic card on a manufacturer-built desktop.

You gotta worry about the power, connectors, motherboard bottleneck, heating issues (usually shitty cases), even CPU.

Its just a rant. But, definitely doable as long as you open up your case and check for all of them.
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