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Dell Studio XPS 9100 CPU Upgrade from i7-930 URGENT!!!

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Hi all,

I bought a Dell Studio XPS 9100 from Dell around Christmas time 2 years ago. So far the system has been great. A relative just purchased an upgraded system and it is a lot faster and newer. I would like to upgrade my processor. I will copy in my tech specs here of my system:

Dell Support Center: System Information

Sunday, October 21, 2012 5:51:38 PM


 System Summary
Product Studio XPS
9100
BIOS Version String A04
Service Tag 6GCQ**
Operating System
Name Microsoft Windows 7 Home
Premium Edition (64-bit)
Service Pack Service Pack
1
Build Number 7601
DirectX Version 11
Intel(R) Core(TM) i7 CPU 930 @ 2.80GHz
(CPU:0)
Name Intel(R) Core(TM) i7 CPU
930 @ 2.80GHz
Cores 4
Threads 8
System Memory
Total Physical Memory 9.00 GB
Maximum Supported Memory 192.00 GB
 Operating System
Name Microsoft Windows 7
Home Premium Edition (64-bit)
Service Pack Service Pack
1
Build Number 7601
DirectX Version 11
Windows Directory c:\windows
System Directory c:\windows\system32
Maximum OS Memory 16.00
GB
System Name MARK-PC
User Name Mark
Windows Experience Index
Base Score 5.9
Processor Subscore 7.5
Memory (RAM) Subscore 7.7
Graphics (Aero) Subscore 7.8
Gaming Graphics Subscore 7.8
Primary Disk Subscore 5.9
Assessment State Valid
Scores
Assessment Date 9/16/2012 3:15:16
PM
Windows Firewall Enabled Yes
Virus Scanner - avast!
Antivirus
 Motherboard
System Board
Manufacturer Dell Inc.
Product 05DN3X
Chipset Intel X58
Southbridge Intel
ICH10R
Intel(R) ICH10 Family USB Universal Host
Controller - 3A38
Intel(R) ICH10 Family USB Universal Host
Controller - 3A39
Intel(R) ICH10 Family USB Enhanced Host
Controller - 3A3C
Intel(R) ICH10 Family USB Universal Host
Controller - 3A35
Intel(R) ICH10 Family USB Universal Host
Controller - 3A36
Intel(R) ICH10 Family USB Enhanced Host
Controller - 3A3A
 Processors
Intel(R) Core(TM) i7 CPU 930 @ 2.80GHz
(CPU:0)
Name Intel(R) Core(TM) i7 CPU
930 @ 2.80GHz
Cores 4
Threads 8
Signature 106A5h
Family 6h
Model 1Ah
Revision D0
Technology 45 nm
Performance
Max Qualified Speed 2.80 GHz
Max Turbo Boost Speed 3.07 GHz
Current Speed 2.93 GHz
Multiplier x 22.0 (12 -
21)
Max Turbo Boost Ratio x 23
Bus Speed 133.34 MHz
Features MMX, PSE36, EM64T, SSE,
SSE2, SSE3, SSSE3, SSE4.1, SSE4.2, IDA, XD, VMX
Cache Summary
L1 Instruction Cache 4 x 32.00
kB
L1 Data Cache 4 x 32.00
kB
L2 Cache 4 x 256.00
kB
L3 Cache 8.00 MB
Core : 0
Temperature 58 C
Threads 2
Core : 1
Temperature 56 C
Threads 2
Core : 2
Temperature 57 C
Threads 2
Core : 3
Temperature 54 C
Threads 2
L1 Data Cache
Quantity 4
Level L1
Type Data
Size 32.00 kB
Associativity 8-Way
Set-Associative
Line Size 64 bytes
L1 Instruction
Cache
Quantity 4
Level L1
Type Instruction
Size 32.00 kB
Associativity 4-Way
Set-Associative
Line Size 64 bytes
L2 Cache
Quantity 4
Level L2
Type Unified
Size 256.00 kB
Associativity 8-Way
Set-Associative
Line Size 64 bytes
L3 Cache
Quantity 1
Level L3
Type Unified
Size 8.00 MB
Associativity 16-Way
Set-Associative
Line Size 64 bytes
 Memory
System Memory
Total Physical Memory 9.00 GB
Maximum Supported Memory 192.00 GB
Page Files
Total Size 8.99 GB
Recommended Total Size 13.49 GB
Page File
c:\pagefile.sys
Location c:\pagefile.sys
Size 8.99 GB
2048 MB DDR3-SDRAM (1333
MHz)
Source SPD
Memory Size 2.00 GB
Memory Type DDR3-SDRAM (1333
MHz)
Memory Manufacturer Kingston
Memory Manufacture Date Week 36, Year
2010
Memory Part Number KP223C-ELD
Memory Serial Number 9117BC7D
Memory Revision Code 4142
1024 MB DDR3-SDRAM (1333
MHz)
Source SPD
Memory Size 1.00 GB
Memory Type DDR3-SDRAM (1333
MHz)
Memory Manufacturer Samsung
Memory Manufacture Date Week 39, Year
2010
Memory Part Number M378B2873FH0-CH9
Memory Serial Number 782A45EF
2048 MB DDR3-SDRAM (1333
MHz)
Source SPD
Memory Size 2.00 GB
Memory Type DDR3-SDRAM (1333
MHz)
Memory Manufacturer Kingston
Memory Manufacture Date Week 36, Year
2010
Memory Part Number KP223C-ELD
Memory Serial Number 9317A57D
Memory Revision Code 4142
1024 MB DDR3-SDRAM (1333
MHz)
Source SPD
Memory Size 1.00 GB
Memory Type DDR3-SDRAM (1333
MHz)
Memory Manufacturer Samsung
Memory Manufacture Date Week 39, Year
2010
Memory Part Number M378B2873FH0-CH9
Memory Serial Number 782A45F6
2048 MB DDR3-SDRAM (1333
MHz)
Source SPD
Memory Size 2.00 GB
Memory Type DDR3-SDRAM (1333
MHz)
Memory Manufacturer Kingston
Memory Manufacture Date Week 36, Year
2010
Memory Part Number KP223C-ELD
Memory Serial Number 9317A87D
Memory Revision Code 4142
1024 MB DDR3-SDRAM (1333
MHz)
Source SPD
Memory Size 1.00 GB
Memory Type DDR3-SDRAM (1333
MHz)
Memory Manufacturer Samsung
Memory Manufacture Date Week 39, Year
2010
Memory Part Number M378B2873FH0-CH9
Memory Serial Number 782A4598

Sorry for the long post... Again to sum up my question:

I WANT TO UPGRADE MY PROCESSOR. WHAT CAN I PUT INTO IT????? HAS TO BE INTEL, I WANT TO STAY AWAY FROM AMD. If you need more information let me know... I used DELL SUPPORT CENTER for the info... THIS IS URGENT so please hurry to help me...

~{W|L}~Marko

~{W|L}~Marko

I play Medal of Honor AIRBORNE!!! Check it out!!!

Verified Answer
  • Hi again :),

     

    Also, I read up on a SATA III Controller, would this work for the setup that I am looking for?

     

    I want to be able to install the SAMSUNG SSD 830 through the SYBA SY-PEX40030 PCI-Express 2.0 x1 SATA III (6.0Gb/s) RAID Controller Card and use it as my primary hard drive with a new copy of Windows 7 on it? Would I achieve a faster speed using the SATA III Controller rather than using just my built in SATA II port???

     

    Thanks ahead for walking me through my journey of upgrading my system :)

    Mark H.

    ~{W|L}~Marko

    I play Medal of Honor AIRBORNE!!! Check it out!!!

All Replies
  • Hi Marko,

    You have an Intel board so you obviously have no choice but Intel for the CPU. Your chipset supports an i7-970 but I'm not sure if it's worth the trouble.

  • Thanks

    ~{W|L}~Marko

    I play Medal of Honor AIRBORNE!!! Check it out!!!

  • If gaming is your issue, consider a new video card rather than a new CPU.

    A Core i7 is a very fast CPU, while a 7.8 on the Windows Experience Index for graphics means there's room for improvement. And, a primary disk subscore of 5.9 is dismal; my homebuilt (in an XPS 7100 case) has a SATA III SSD for a primary drive, and it's rated 7.9, the maximum.

  • Ok. I am going to purchase the Samsung 830 SSD from Newegg. 256GB, $169. Thanks everyone. Another question then: :). I have 9GB OF 1333mhz ram. Should I go for 8gb of 1600mhz??

    Thanks

    ~{W|L}~Marko

    I play Medal of Honor AIRBORNE!!! Check it out!!!

  • Also here is a dumb question buy I'll ask it anyways:

    The Samsung 830 256 GB SSD requires 1 SATA 3 Port. Does my Dell Studio XPS 9100 have that? How can I tell? I am still looking for answers for the above question... Thanks

    ~{W|L}~Marko

    I play Medal of Honor AIRBORNE!!! Check it out!!!

  • Forget about a CPU or memory upgrade.  Both would be a waste of time and money based on what you have now.  You will only make things faster by getting a SSD drive or SSD cache drive.  Medal of Honor Airborne is an old game from 5 years ago. It does not take much to play it.  SSDs work on SATA 2 or 3.  It's just faster on SATA 3.  

  • Hi again :),

     

    Also, I read up on a SATA III Controller, would this work for the setup that I am looking for?

     

    I want to be able to install the SAMSUNG SSD 830 through the SYBA SY-PEX40030 PCI-Express 2.0 x1 SATA III (6.0Gb/s) RAID Controller Card and use it as my primary hard drive with a new copy of Windows 7 on it? Would I achieve a faster speed using the SATA III Controller rather than using just my built in SATA II port???

     

    Thanks ahead for walking me through my journey of upgrading my system :)

    Mark H.

    ~{W|L}~Marko

    I play Medal of Honor AIRBORNE!!! Check it out!!!

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