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Can you replace a dell t3500 power supply?

I currently own 2 GTX 260 graphics cards and want to run SLI however the Dell T3500 power supply is not powerful enough to run them both (the power supply is 525w). I know that I can use a power supply from a higher model machine (such as a t7500) however I can only find them in america and being situated in the UK shipping is incredibly expensive. I was wondering if is it possible to replace the Dell t3500 power supply using a commercial ATX power supply?

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Service manual shows how: http://downloads.dell.com/Manuals/all-products/esuprt_desktop/esuprt_dell_precision_workstation/precision-t3500_Service%20Manual_en-us.pdf?c=us&l=en&cs=&s=gen

The part model is listed in this entry at the dell community forum: http://en.community.dell.com/support-forums/desktop/f/3514/p/19420506/20243342.aspx#20243342

Posted on Dec 07, 2012

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  • jjfraney
    jjfraney Dec 07, 2012

    Service manual shows how:http://downloads.dell.com/Manuals/all-pr...

    The part model is listed in this entry at the dell community forum:http://en.community.dell.com/support-for...

  • Brenden Layne Dec 07, 2012

    I was the one that created that topic having that issue, I have replaced the power supply with the one mentioned when I received the solution however it is starting to fail now, I'm just asking whether I can use a commercial ATX power supply instead of the Dell T3500 power supply since they are very poorly assembled and results in this issue.

  • joecoolvette
    joecoolvette Dec 07, 2012

    Wait a minute, hold the phone here! 1) I post a solution, and you wait until someone else does to post back? Simply because you wanted to brag that you were the poster child in Dell's forum? 2) Replaced the Power Supply with WHAT 'solution'? The one you replaced a year ago? 27 Dec 2011? Or the Xion example above?

  • jjfraney
    jjfraney Dec 07, 2012

    I allowed myself to be misled by the headline. Sorry.

  • Brenden Layne Dec 07, 2012

    I wasn't bragging, I was notifying jjfraney that I posted a topic regarding the source of the problem on the dell forums about this situation and the solution I was given on the dell forums was a temporary problem, I think you are overreacting and I am sorry if you took offense but I would hardly go out of my way to say anything about being a"poster child". I said that I replace the power supply with another dell t3500 power supply a year ago and the power supply is failing now so I have asked is it possible to use a normal atx power supply. I have not taken a look into your supplier joecoolvette because I asked that if possible please provide a supplier not in America because since I live in the UK it is very expensive to ship computer parts over to the UK.

  • joecoolvette
    joecoolvette Dec 08, 2012

    @jjfraney, you did a fine job, and are to be commended. @Brenden, I think this is a perfect example, that if there is a problem at home, it should be left there, and not 'bleed' over on a public worldwide forum. However in all fairness here, the statement, "JUST posting an American supplier for reference of the Power Supply itself.", means the Power Supply example shown; is just that. An EXAMPLE. However a 1000 Watt power supply is not needed. Before I go on, let's regress to the Dell unit, Dell D525AF-00. You have GOT to be kidding me. This is what Dell puts in? Average of $24 USD for a replacement? One person in thart forum states they replaced what? 20 Power Supplies, and sometimes 2 to 3 times per one unit? Sheesh people. I bet when you pick that Power Supply up, it feels real light. Like a tin can. A) Low quality; 1) Electrolytic Capacitors. 2) Power MOSFET's 3) Rectifier Bridge. Plus B) Too low a gauge of wiring is used. And to add insult to injury there is a semi-modular type of cabling used. Not separate power cables that plug into the Power Supply, but a power supply cable harness that plugs in,http://www.ebay.com/itm/Dell-Power-Suppl... There have been arguments since the first Modular Power Supply came out. Cons of the connections. The more connections you have in a power supply line, the more resistance. This = power loss, and over-heating. Plus looking at the design for the main connector of the Power Harness, TO Power Supply; you have GOT to be kidding me. Two flat blade connector in main connector, that slides over a pin in the Power Supply? Who makes these units for Dell? Mattel toys? I bet that main connector of the harness plugs into a circuit board in the Power Supply. THAT, is probably the circuit board that burns up. You're going to need a PSU that will provide enough power for the Motherboard, Processor, Ram Memory, optical drives, computer case fans, and 182 Watts for EACH GTX260,http://www.geforce.com/hardware/desktop-... You should also allow at least 10 percent more Wattage. This gives the Power Supply a 'buffer zone'. Doesn't overtax it. A 700 to 800 Watt unit would be in more accordance with what you need, than that 1000 Watt example I posted.

  • joecoolvette
    joecoolvette Dec 08, 2012

    Supplier in the UK? I would look for a supplier in Taiwan. Have any connections there? Anyway to call? If I were in the UK I would check also check out Ebay,http://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/Power-Supplies... The only ones I would recommend out of that list is the Cooler Master (Silent Pro Gold) 1000 Watt unit, or the Corsair 600 Watt unit. EXCEPT the Corsair is too small in Wattage, and the CoolerMaster listing is up in 26 minutes. (They may repost however) So we'll go for ATX form factor, and 750 -999W(att)http://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/Power-Supplies... I have heard a LOT of good things about Tagan power supply's. I know 50 pounds can't be too expensive. You bought a second GTX260. You're going to run two GTX260's, you need a reliable, powerful Power Supply. DON'T fudge here. Why? A) You'll be buying another Power Supply 'toot-suite'. B) You'll burn the motherboard, AND the connections on the GTX260's. UNDER powered does that, besides having poor graphics quality. Burns the gold plated contact pins of the GTX260's, that plug into the motherboard. Burns the PCI Express x16 contact pins. Burns the 6-pin PCI Express power cable connector contact pins, and the matching contact pins on the GTX260's. DON'T skimp. WHEN you puchase the Power Supply. L@@K for TWO 6-pin PCI Express power cables; IF possible. Otherwise you will be using a power adapter cable, for one of the 6-pin PCI Express power cables. That means plugging into TWO available 4-pin Peripheral power cables,http://www.playtool.com/pages/psuconnect... http://www.playtool.com/pages/psuconnect... NOTE* DO NOT try using just ONE 4-pin Peripheral power cable, for a 6-pin PCI Express power adapter cable! You'll burn the aforementioned connections! USE TWO 4-pin Peripheral power cables! On a personal note; I'm in the middle of the USA. My people are from the west border where England meets Wales. The people of the UK are FANTASTIC! The suppliers of computer parts to them however, are definately 'Less than'. Rip off artists. Even with high taxation, tariffs, etc; you can't justify the over-inflated prices.

  • joecoolvette
    joecoolvette Dec 08, 2012

    Sometimes I think. Kinda' hard to believe; You may not be aware of the Power Supply configuration you need. A) The term 'Form Factor' directly relates to the Motherboard. It has 'bled' over to the computer case, and Power Supply,http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Computer_fo... The case configuration of an ATX power supply is approximately 6 inches Wide, (15.2cm), 5.5 inches Long (14cm), and 3.5 inches Tall, (8.9cm) The power cables needed are; A) 24-pin ATX main power cable, (Or 20 + 4-pin ATX main power cable) B) 8-pin EPS +12 power cable,http://www.playtool.com/pages/psuconnect... (DO NOT confuse with an 8-pin PCI Express power cable,http://www.playtool.com/pages/psuconnect... ) [Power for motherboard. Power for the Processor, AND additional add-on cards. Such as a powerful graphics card. (Or now -TWO) The 6-pin PCI Express power cables are also needed for the GTX260's. C) SATA power cables for the SATA harddrive/s, and SATA optical drives. (CD/DVD drive) Plus 4-pin Peripheral power cables as needed. Here is the main page for the Playtool PSU/Connectors article,http://www.playtool.com/pages/psuconnect...

  • Brenden Layne Dec 09, 2012

    Ok thank you joe for the detailed information, it has given me a lot of information to base my findings on and have found very little information when going to other websites and asking about this. I appreciate the amount of time you have put into composing this post and thank you for your extreme help, now I am very aware of what I need to look out for when looking for a power supply! Again thank you for your help.

  • joecoolvette
    joecoolvette Dec 09, 2012

    You're welcome!

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Http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1336020&CatId=2535

Yes. Just posting an American supplier for reference of the Power Supply itself.

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