Precision T1700 Gaming Computer Upgrade Guide


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.


Recommended Processors:

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.

Memory PNs:

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)


Recommended SSD’s:

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.

Recommended Monitors:

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.


Sample Configuration:

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.



SteelSeries QCK Heavy Cloth Gaming Mouse Pad (Click Here)

SteelSeries Apex M750 RGB Mechnical Keyboard (Click Here)

Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum RGB Tunable Gaming Mouse (Click Here)

HyperX Cloud II 7.1 Gaming Headset (Click Here)

El Gato Game Capture HD60 Pro for a Streaming Capture PC (Click Here)

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Precision T1700 Gaming Computer Build

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  • Thank you for this compilation.  If you happen to know of a PCIe x4 card that will support at least on USB-C port and deliver 5V/3A power, please add it to this useful list.  I've tried several and none will drive my Dell P2419HC monitor via a USB-C cable.

  • 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!

  • Those temps are perfectly fine and safe for your setup in the Dell case.

  • Thank you Gorilla! Its a relief to read that. Speccy always has me thinking its the end of the world because the temp is in their "dark orange cooler".  Do you think going for an aftermarket cpu cooler is asking for Dell proprietary trouble? 

  • Not really needed since your temps are decent. Stick to your OEM coling for now.

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      Awesome. Thanks! Time to continue Torchlight III and wait for Diablo IV. 

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  • Hi,


    I have a question. I saw your comment "NVME.2 Drives cannot be used as a boot device with this model workstation*


    Question: Is that still true if I use a NVME.2 PCIe adapter?

    • AJ Singh YES it's still true with an adapter. Can't be used as a boot drive in any configuration.

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      Gorilla Warfare 

      Clover bootloader has the nvme support between the bios and the OS letting most systems boot from a nvme. It's an extra step and usually requires booting to clover first on a thumb drive but it does work. 

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      Rob Frank WOW! I have been a tech guy all my life (well, 18 years of tech life so far) but never heard about it....


      I don't feel I'm a COOL KID anymore... :)

    • Rob Frank Which is a waste of time. Not real booting , just a hack.

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      Gorilla Warfare 

      Partially disagree. If fast boot times are the reason obviously we would be adding an extra step in the boot process. But if you want the OS to be running on it to make it more snappy it's a win. The other exception on booting is being heavy with start on boot applications. I've booted pcs that had a ton of auto start stuff that after it booted you still are left waiting  for a minute or so before you can open up a web browser. There are benefits to it so don't chalk it up to a total waste. My .02 cents

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      AJ Singh 

      There's too much to tech to know it all. I try to be pretty involved but IT is not my career so I'm always learning new stuff. Also I don't spend hardly anything on well most stuff so it's always nice to figure out how to get the most out of what ya got. I have a T1700 up in my office waiting to become a small server when the business monies allow it but in the mean time if you need help figuring anything out I can fire that up and lend a hand.

  • Thank you so much, Sir! :)

  • 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.

  • Jbigticket23 said:
    EVGA 700B 700W Power Supply

     For T1700 Tower.

  • Is there possibility for dual graphics cards setup (SLI) with this workstation ?

    Thinking about 2 X K4200 by exemple...

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