First I want to start off by saying FUCK DELL. This case has the worst design I have ever encountered and now I will refuse to work on anyone elses dell machines lol. Anyways, John (Soullessone21) told me he had a pc I could have, with some pretty good specs. (Intel Xeon W3565 quadcore, with 12gb of ram, 250gb Samsung 850 pro, 500gb SSHD and a GTX 570). This ran my games no problem, but with battlefield 1 coming out, and the fact that I've had a 280x laying around for a few months I needed to upgrade Excuse the crappy pictures, I lent my mother my good camera indefinitely so I have to use my Oneplus 3's not so great camera.
Here is how I received the tower.
Now in order to upgrade to my 280X, i had to replace the untrustworthy dell 500W OEM PSU. I searched for used power supplies for a couple weeks but they're all over priced so I just spent the $100 on a brand new CX650M to be safe.
Now this is where things started to get annoying, disassembly. First, removing the GTX570. It took me a solid 15 minutes to figure out how to release the latch that holds down the pci slots, and almost broke it in the process lol.
And now removing the PSU. I didn't take pictures of this mainly because I was very annoyed, and steaming with anger and hatred for dell lol. I went out and bought a standard ratcheting multi bit screw driver to do this, because I got rid of my tools about a year ago. Turns out, Dell cable managed everything under the mobo. And the back panel doesnt come off!. And in order to remove the motherboard, you first have to remove this 2x120mm fan cage in the front of the case which requires an insanely long screw driver. WHich I do not have! So what do I do? Grab my work knife and hack the cables off the psu (sorry John) and ripped the psu out, out of anger lol. Turns out it's a modular PSU and I could have just unplugged it, doh! The 8 pin CPU & Sata cables from that PSU still remain in the case today… Anyways, pictures of my hack job of a psu install.
And finally, I had to make some modifications to the hard drive placements as I had to remove one of the sleds to fit the PCI-E cables coming out of the GPU.
Excuse the lack of cable management, the case is tiny and I only had 2 hours to do this and I spent about 1.5 of that cursing dell lol. Surprisingly everything worked first boot even though I did the cardinal sin of putting the side panel back on before testing heh. Stay tuned for many more updates!