Dells naming scheme is starting to remind em of gateway/emachines. Exxx or Exxx..
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9/19/05 at 4:38am
Originally Posted by insayne_kokane
Holy flame wars!
Personally... I think it can be done. Might not work with the 9300 bios flash, but with a new xps2 bios that supports the new card... then you'll need the 130w/9-cell.
And all of you that give the example of them offering the 7800 option on new 9300/xps2... I highly doubt they'll offer the 7800 as an upgrade on a new 9300. There's the xps2 exclusivity right there... by not offering the better card to the 9300. Doesn't mean they won't allow the 9300 to accept the 7800. It would be good marketing for them to allow the 7800 in a new revision 9300 bios for all the modders.
If that's the case, it's probly going to cost more to take an existing 9300/6800 and upgrade to 7800 than buy an xps2/7800. Reason: you're paying full retail for the 7800 card, plus you already have the 6800.
I just don't see all the people's logic that say Dell won't allow the 7800 to be installed in the 9300 by purposely locking it out of the bios... it's just not good business. They'll make way more money by allowing the 9300 guys to pay the 500 odd dollars (just a guess) for the 7800 card.
Originally Posted by IceMan5043
So, umm, I'm still waiting for an answer. What should I do? Please see my previous two posts in this thread. Should I cancel my Gen2 order and get the M170 or upgrade later? I have to cancel soon as my system will probably be ready this week. ANYONE?
Edit: Oh, and since some people here are talking abouts warranties, I am planning on upgrading my Gen2 with 1 GB RAM to 2 GB RAM from Newegg immediately after I receive it. Will this void my warranty? Because I got 3 Years At Home with CompleteCare and DO NOT want to viod that! That is, if I DON'T decide to cancel the order and get the M170 instead...
Originally Posted by kmcrawford111
I think this M170 model is mainly just a way to help hype the new NVIDIA part, and that it's probably essentially a Gen 2. After all, what's more exciting, announcing the new part along with existing and older machines, or announcing the part with brand-new (by name, at least) models? In fact I wouldn't be surprised if NVIDIA required this of Dell (I'm not as familiar with the other brands).
That being said I'm excited about the prospect of being able to upgrade the video on my Gen 2. I'd love to be able to do it myself, but from what I understand Dell will have to do it for me. However I won't dive in until there's a good reason to - to me it seems like the whole 7 series is coming rather quickly. To me even the desktop 6 series still seems fairly new, and it's been about only, what, 9 months since SLI became available?
By the way, did anyone here have their original XPS notebook upgraded by Dell? I know they offered a video upgrade with double the RAM, at $400. What I'd like to know is, what did they do with the old card? If they kept it, that $400 is looking even more steep... and I imagine that's what a 7800 GTX upgrade would cost, if not more.
Originally Posted by cgpd7507
I have the original XPS that I upgraded to the newer MR9800. I ordered the card through Dell, and cancel their installation to get a refund for that portion, ( I think was around $90). I followed the instructions in the owners manual and changed it myself and sold MR9700 on Ebay for about $80 to a Inspriron 9100 owner.
In regards to upgrading the 9300. Has anyone sat down and really went over the numbers for the cost of doing the GPU swap, it seems that (3) components need changing which would probably put you in the area of an XPS.
Originally Posted by KOF-Lord
go6800 U is ~$400 from dell. i've had to replace 3 now and that's what they've billed me everytime.