Precision T1700 Gaming Computer Upgrade Guide
PRECISION T1700 GAMING COMPUTER AND OTHER UPGRADES
The Precision T1700 has the capability to be converted in to a good gaming computer. Precision T1700’s are a single socket Intel Xeon V3, I3, I5, or I7 (4th Gen) based workstation. There are 2 different Precision T1700 chassis styles, the mini tower and the small form factor version. This article will focus specifically on the tower version. Let us show you how you can build a good Precision T1700 Gaming PC.
Where to buy?
If you haven’t already acquired a Precision T1700 we’d recommend checking out a company called Serverworlds. They sell the T1700’s cheap and they provide free ground shipping to the lower 48 states. You can also try to snag them cheap on Ebay. However, Ebay can be a bit of a gamble because you never know what you are going to get.
The goal is to purchase the T1700 with a good processor and memory already installed and then you can source the graphics cards, hard drives, and other optional components to supplement your build.
What Processor(s) should I get?
High Clock speed cpu’s are the way to go.
Up to 1 x QC I5-4690 3.50Ghz 8MB 5GTs Processors | 3.90Ghz Max Turbo Frequency (SR1QH)
Up to 1 x QC I7-3770 3.40Ghz 8MB 5GTs Processors | 3.90Ghz Max Turbo Frequency (SR0PK)
Up to 1 x QC I7-4770 3.40Ghz 8MB 5GTs Processors | 3.90Ghz Max Turbo Frequency (SR149)
Up to 1 x QC I7-4790 3.60Ghz 8MB 5GTs Processors | 4.0Ghz Max Turbo Frequency (SR1QF)
Up to 1 x QC Xeon E3-1246 V3 3.5hz 8MB 5GTs Processors | 3.9Ghz Max Turbo Frequency (SR1QZ)
Up to 1 x QC Xeon E3-1271 V3 3.60hz 8MB 5GTs Processors | 4.0Ghz Max Turbo Frequency (SR1R3)
Up to 1 x QC Xeon E3-1280 V3 3.60hz 8MB 5GTs Processors | 4.0Ghz Max Turbo Frequency (SR150)
Up to 1 x QC Xeon E3-1281 V3 3.7Ghz 8MB 5GTs Processors | 4.1Ghz Max Turbo Frequency (SR21F)
How much Memory should I get?
The base line should be a minimum of 16GB of memory.
4GB 2Rx8 12800U DDR3 Module (P382H)
4GB 2Rx8 PC12800E DDR3 Module (HMT351U7EFR8C-PB)
8GB 2RX8 12800U DDR3 Module (66GKY)
8GB 2RX8 12800E DDR3 Memory (96MCT)
Recommended Memory configurations:
4 x 4GB 2Rx8 12800E DDR3 (16GB)
2 x 8GB 2Rx8 12800E DDR3 (16GB)
4 x 8GB 2Rx8 12800E DDR3 (32GB)
What Hard Drive should I get?
Ideally you would want to have a Solid State Drive as your boot device as well as storage for faster read speeds.
Recommended large Capacity SATA Drives:
Seagate 2TB BarraCuda SATA 6 Gb/s 7200 RPM 64MB Cache 3.5 Inch Desktop Hard Drive (ST2000DM006)
Seagate 3TB Barracuda SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal HDD (ST3000DM008)
Seagate 6TB IronWolf SATA HDD 6Gb/s 256MB Cache 3.5″(ST6000VN0033)
Samsung 860 EVO 2TB 2.5 Inch SATA III Internal SSD (MZ-76E2T0B/AM)
Samsung 860 EVO 1TB 2.5 Inch SATA III Internal SSD (MZ-76E1T0B/AM)
Samsung 860 Evo 500GB 2.5 inch SATA III Internal SSD (MZ-76E500B/AM)
*NVME.2 Drives cannot be used as a boot device with this model workstation*
NVME.2 PCIe Adapter (You need this if you plan to install an NVME.2 Drive in to this system):
NVME.2 SSD Adapter *Required to Install NVME.2*
Recommended NVME.2 SSDs:
Samsung 970 EVO Series – 500GB NVMe – M.2 Internal SSD (MZ-V7E500BW)
Samsung 960 EVO Series – 1TB PCIe NVMe – M.2 Internal SSD (MZ-V6E1T0BW)
Samsung 860 EVO Series – 2TB NVMe M.2 Internal SSD (MZ-N6ET0BW)
What Graphics Card should I get?
The precision T1700 supports a 290W or 365W Power Supply. The power supply options on this system really limit your graphics card options. Not to mention, you are limited by the physical space in the chassis. There is only enough room to install a 9.5″ (depth) graphics card. We’d recommend swapping to a higher wattage power supply if possible. Preferably a power supply with 650W or higher.
Recommended Graphics Cards:
With 365W Power Supply:
NVIDIA GTX1050 TI 4GB Graphics Card
NVIDIA GTX1060 6GB Graphics Card
If you upgrade the power supply to 650W or more:
NVIDIA GTX1660 Ti 6GB Graphics Card (single fan)
NVIDIA GTX1070 Mini 8GB Graphics Card
NVIDIA GTX1070 TI Mini 8GB Graphics Card
NVIDIA GTX1080 Mini 8GB Graphics Card
What type of Monitor should I get?
Ideally it would be nice to get a monitor with a 144Hz refresh rate or better monitor. However, it really depends on the games you play. If you play first person shooter games a 144Hz or better monitor is a must. If you play other games that do not require quick response time then a 60hz monitor should work fine.
ASUS PG248Q Full HD 144Hz 1MS 24″ Gaming Monitor
ASUS VG278Q Full HD 1080P 144Hz 1MS 27″ Gaming Monitor
ASUS XG258Q ROG Strix 24.5″ 1080P 240Hz 1MS Gaming Monitor
Using the criteria above you can help you build a high end gaming system using a Precision T1700 Workstation.
Precision T1700 Workstation
I7-4790 3.40Ghz 8MB 5GTs (4.0Ghz Max Turbo Frequency)
16GB PC1600Mhz Non-ECC (4 x 4GB)
256GB Samsung 860 EVO 2.5″ SSD
Samsung EVO 970 NVME.2 SSD w/PCIe Adapter
EVGA GTX1660Ti Single Fan w/6GB Graphics Card
1 x 10/100/1000 Network Port
EVGA 700B 700W Power Supply
10 Pro 64Bit
We have tested this system with games like Dota 2, CS Go, PubG, Overwatch, and The Division. The frames can range from 30FPS to 60FPS depending on the game and settings that you choose. The system was tested using a 144Hz 27″ Acer Monitor.
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Hello. I need to cool down my T1700 system. I’m running an i7-4790 and a Zotac GTX 1070 Mini. I have a Corsair CX550M for power. Everything looks and plays good. I’m just worried about the heat. Speccy program has my GPU temps in the mid 70sC. Processor is around the same. I wanted to mount a new case fan on the front for intake and then upgrade the cpu cooler. Dell has 5 pin connectors so will adapters work for me? I’m unsure and don’t want to mess up my rig. Thanks all and keep up the good work!
To go further you can add nvme support to alot of older boards. It involves modding the bios. I can't really recommend it because I'm still learning but basically you have to pull a dump file and then add a nvme module to the efi module list. Sort of like adding a driver for the bios. Dell locks everything down pretty well so in my case with my 5810 it involves an external programmer which you can also screw up and short out your board with.