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  1. Hi guys. I currently run 2 MSI GTX 660's in a SLI with 3 screens. I see FPS rates in the 45-60 range. I like to play World of Tanks and DayZ. Can you recommend a upgrade that will get me in the 75 FPS range at max settings? Maybe I do not have my cards setup right? I am pretty sure I do. I have a FX4350 CPU and MSI mobo that will accept 3 cards. A 650 watt PSU as well. My budget is about $600.00 I am willing to go with a stand alone card or 2 or 3 if that's what it takes. I realize 2 or 3 will probably take more that the $600.00 I have but I can save up. I have 3 screens but I usually only use 1 for gamming. The others I use to keep track of TeamSpeak and other items. Thanks, onsiteman
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    Dell xps 710 mod BigNano

    Yes clean it out, most of that stuff is not needed anymore. I took all out...just a big open canvas to play on. I have a XPS mod going at the moment as well. They are fun. I am going for the ChemLab look.
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    My Dell 700/720/730 XPS conversion.

    Was able to get 2 panels tapped and mounted today. Also worked on the PSU a bit. All mounted up. What have we here. UHOH! Have never been happy with the fan in this PSU so out it comes. I will replace with another blue 140mm that I can control. That grill will have to go as well...way to black. May incorporate the Corsair logo plate into the new aluminum grill.
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    My Dell 700/720/730 XPS conversion.

    Got all 7 of my pillar blocks cut and epoxied on today. These will be the mounts for all the panels.....just like the floor panel mount. Time for some drilling, tapping and countersinking. Was at my local metal shop today and was able to go through the leftover pile and pick up 3 sheets this size for free as the guy cut my blocks. Very nice score. Especially so because I still have 2 or 3 more panels to cut out. I know it seems like a long way to go still but we are actually getting close to final assembly. Almost every part has been fabricated.Remember I am going with the natural aluminum look for now so no painting.
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    My Dell 700/720/730 XPS conversion.

    More cutting panels. Cut a few pieces today for the PSU covering. Also was able to get the final roof panel cut out. Camera ran out of juice when I was just done. Was able to get a couple shots though. The bottom fan plate. How the next piece will sit. Will be cutting out a cool design for the 140mm fan. Have cut a lot of panels. A couple more to go.
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    My Dell 700/720/730 XPS conversion.

    Got a couple more panels done today. I made one for the area below the PSU. I will be able to put whatever type of custom design for fan grills in it I want. I plan to mount 2, 80mm inlet fans there just below the PSU. My other psu is slightly bigger that's why the small gap where the panel and psu meet. Then I built a panel for the front I/O area. This panel will be seprate from the lower panel which will house the 180mm (barely) case fan. I am going to use the mesh for now but a panel will be built with some cool vent/grill design in it for that lower area. Kind of really tore up the first case. Still have some good material there. Roof panel will be next. Then i need to work on the exterior look of the upper part of the front panel.Have a great Memorial day
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    My Dell 700/720/730 XPS conversion.

    I am not sure why I cannot edit my bad spelling. I meant to type SfecesS in that caption. What the hell it wont let me say s c r a p s. That's funny. I am tearing up my favorite game (World of Tanks) since getting the new board up and running. 3 Mastery Badges(99% better performance than everyone else) in less than 12 hours. Better equipment = better performance in games.....to a point.
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    My Dell 700/720/730 XPS conversion.

    Thanks, really like the coments. Ahh man thats no fun. thanks for the comment. Thanks for that. It is very fun and I appreciate the comments from all. Thanks, so is your Metro build Artyrom...not sure if I spelled that right. I play it too. Kind of a thinking man's FPS. very cool. I made some more progress on panels. Cut the 2 front panels out today and got them fitted. Used the top of the 700 case I had extra. The first one. The second. With the double aluminum layer I think this case could stop a small caliber bullet. lol The BPL...Bullet Proof Lab. Talk about using the sfecess up. It was the perfect size. My USB 3.0 hub. Not quite finished. Some small adjustments on the insulating material will be needed. Next up will be the 2 roof panels. That's not the PSU I am using for this build, just a mocker.
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    My Dell 700/720/730 XPS conversion.

    So I was eager to get my hardware up and running. I want to see what it can do and play around with it while the case is being worked on. So last night I went for it. My very first pc build. Some of the gear. The FX 4350 unlocked CPU Really was surprised. Putting in the hardware and hooking up wires took just a few minutes. Was into the BIOS right away. Windows 7 pro just took about 10 minutes to get set up. My first experience with a SSD as well...WOW! Was up and gaming as soon as I had my game downloaded. I increased my FPS from around 30, to 90 to 100+. Sweet. Also learned how to OC my GPU. What a difference. Liquid cooling will be needed for the GPU. I had planned for that though. Vishera...it ain't just a river in Russia!
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    My Dell 700/720/730 XPS conversion.

    Thanks for the comments. Great size to work with.....never can be to BIG! So I cut a new panel for the CPU cooler mounting plate. Much larger like I was talking. All the way to the top. I am thinking of putting a panel in font as well. I have placed a piece with the holes in it there to show how it may look. Larger to cover whole front but you get the idea. I am going to keep the mod mesh there for now but a complete front plate with grill slots milled in down low will be on my list. I will have to come up with a really cool design for it. This is going to look much better and cleaner. More like a Lab. I am thinking of doing away with the drive bays. Keeps the clean, sterile look. I will now need to make a roof panel as well. Got to keep it consistent. this thing is going to be surrounded in aluminum. Talk about adding MORE weight to it. I am totally digging the clean panel look. It will really pop with all sides panelled and a roof. Interior lighting should really shine off all those surfaces! I have a idea for the side panel. Instead of a traditional window mod, I want to cut out the curved section in the middle and then replace it with mod mesh bent at the same curve. Here is an example shown from the inside of the panel. So leave the whole panel intact except that mid section. I think with the 3mm aluminum it should have plenty of strength left.
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    My Dell 700/720/730 XPS conversion.

    Thanks for that. I made a bit of progress today. I did not have my camera with me so I will have to take pics tomorrow. I was able to finish my USB 3.0 hub. It came out real well. I also cut the panel out for above the MB. Anybody cringe as I cut into a virgin XPS side panel to use for parts?? As I was placing the panel (the logo looks cool inside the case) ideas came flooding up. I should have made the LED and cooler mounting plate much larger to keep the panel look. I could have extended it up to the top behind the drives and then out to the front of the case as well to provide more complete coverage. I may have to make that part again. At least I have the raw material. The second case. I will change the way I mount it as well to maintain a consistent look. I am going to utilize the same type of mounting system for the side panels as I did the floor panel. 2 aluminum bedding blocks for countersunk SS screws to thread into. That will also keep the same look as the other panels.The fun continues. I will put up some pictures of progress on Thursday.
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    My Dell 700/720/730 XPS conversion.

    Thanks so much. It is a very nice case to work with. Solid. You can pick them up, case only, for about $80-$90 delivered. Wow thanks for that. I am totally new to modding. Just started in June. Gaming got me interested in building pc's, then modifying my case was a natural. I am doing everything with hand power tools and just hand held tools. The nice big band saws and such would be a real help. Really appreciate the comment. Thanks, I saw this floor panel mod from a thread a few years back and I though it was a great idea. Fits my look I am going for. Kind of like a Lab or the Mclaren assembly factory look. Thanks. I am a subscriber to the Modmen channel and love your tutorials. You guys really are professionals in this business and it shows. I know you have a XPS as well, looking forward to seeing what you do with it. Thanks there. Was checking out the video of a reservoir review you did and saw you had it mounted in your XPS. Nice. I am going to continue on with the panel/clean look. I am thinking of covering the drive bay sides with similar panels so everything matches. I have removed the drive bays and do like the empty space but I kind of need them there to house my drives and controller. Thanks a lot guys.
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    My Dell 700/720/730 XPS conversion.

    Thanks there. I am really enjoying it. Have a few more shots for you guys. Like I said I am going to keep the raw aluminum look for now. I like the shiny industrial look it has to it. Got a nice fit on the front panel of mesh. I am going to put a panel where the red rectangle is. It will be cut from another spare panel I have so the XPS logo will be....well right there. This will help continue the look I am going for. Also nice place to run wires behind. How a little bit of the equipment looks in there.
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    My Dell 700/720/730 XPS conversion.

    Hi there, thanks for that...made me laugh. Looking forward to showing more. This is only my second mod of a case. My first was a HP Pavilion p6631p. I have it almost done. Just need to finish the paint. You know the wet sanding, the rubbing compound, the hand glaze, the final waxing...what a process. I will post it up as well when I get her done. It has complete different hardware as it is/was a stock HP. Thanks again.
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