PC turns on but wont boot

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I have windows on a 32gb ssd which is constantly giving me low space warnings, could that be the issue maybe?
I have a 2tb hdd, windows is just on that ssd on recomendation from my uncle

Windows should never have been installed on such a pitifully small SSD, Windows 10 just keeps on evolving and getting bigger all the time so the very minimum SSD that you need for a boot SSD nowadays is 256GB.

Looking at your thread I see two major issues and until you sort them you are fighting a losing battle.

An appropriate quality and output PSU is 100% required + you either need to get yourself a bigger SSD or alternatively you can create a separate partition on the 2TB HDD just for Windows.
 

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Windows should never have been installed on such a pitifully small SSD, Windows 10 just keeps on evolving and getting bigger all the time so the very minimum SSD that you need for a boot SSD nowadays is 256GB.

Looking at your thread I see two major issues and until you sort them you are fighting a losing battle.

An appropriate quality and output PSU is 100% required + you either need to get yourself a bigger SSD or alternatively you can create a separate partition on the 2TB HDD just for Windows.
It all worked fine until recently I took out tbe gpu to clean it now it isnt booting, there were no psu issues
 

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If you won`t accept the facts from us you are going to have to take the computer to a local tech who unlike here will charge you for telling you the exact same thing.

The AC460EM-00 PSU that is in that computer was not meant to power a GTX 1070 and the proof being that the GTX 1070 was not even around until three years after the XPS 8700 came about.

GPUs will sometimes work when there is a weak PSU present but all the while the computer is in use the hardware is being deprived of the clean and stable power that it needs and the GPU being the most power hungry tends to suffer first and the most.

Nvidea GTX 1070 PSU specs can be found here

Remove the add on video card from the MB, hook the screen up to the appropriate video port on the MB, reassemble, power up to see if you get a display.
 

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If you won`t accept the facts from us you are going to have to take the computer to a local tech who unlike here will charge you for telling you the exact same thing.

The AC460EM-00 PSU that is in that computer was not meant to power a GTX 1070 and the proof being that the GTX 1070 was not even around until three years after the XPS 8700 came about.

GPUs will sometimes work when there is a weak PSU present but all the while the computer is in use the hardware is being deprived of the clean and stable power that it needs and the GPU being the most power hungry tends to suffer first and the most.

Nvidea GTX 1070 PSU specs can be found here

Remove the add on video card from the MB, hook the screen up to the appropriate video port on the MB, reassemble, power up to see if you get a display.
I havent connected it to a display yet, but so fat whenever Ive tried to boot with the gpu disconnected the same thing has happened
 

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I havent connected it to a display yet

Well that makes absolutely no sense whatsoever, how on earth do you expect to be able to see any error messages that the motherboard might be displaying :unsure:

Putting aside any internal components for now;

For a computer to be able to boot up it needs to be connected to a working display and there must be a keyboard attached to the motherboard, no screen attached means you cannot see any BIOS or on screen messages and no keyboard attached means that the power on self test will fail.

Can I ask that you do not quote every reply as we have to read the full post to make sure nothing gets missed,, thanks.
 

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Sorry about that, Ive just connected it to my tv via the hdmi on my motherboard and there is no output whatsoever
 

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So you have removed the GTX 1070 from the computer altogether, the card even if it is bad will be detected by the BIOS and the onboard video automatically disabled and that is why we need to be sure it has been properly removed.

Do you know how to set up a TV as computer monitor, it is not just a case of plugging the video cable in and off you go.
 

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I cant test it on my monitor as it doesnt have hdmi and the intergrated graphics doesnt have dvi
 

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You need to select the HDMI port that the PC is connected to by using a button on the TVs handset, the button should have Source written on it, make sure that the PC is turned on, press the Source button then select the particular HDMI port on the TV that the PC is connected to.
 

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I think I get what your saying and yes it was the correct hdmi, my xbox was plugged in and displaying, then when I plugged that same cable into the tv there was nothing
 

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With the HDMI cable from your xbox connected to the TV and HDMI port on the Dell, restart the computer.

When the computer is restarting if your keyboard has any lights on it watch to see if they light up and likewise watch for any LEDs on the Dell that may light up.
 

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Only LEDS are on my keyboard and are the lights for caps lock etc. I plugged it in again and pressed those keys and none of their respective lights came on
 

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When the computer is restarting if your keyboard has any lights on it watch to see if they light up and likewise watch for any LEDs on the Dell that may light up.

Never said anything about pressing any keys, do you see the caps lock or any other key light up when you press the case power on button.

Also what about any LEDs on the PC itself.

Do the internal fans start up when your press the case power button.
 

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The keyboard leds dont turn on, the case and cpu fan both spin, and when plugged in the gpu fans do too
 

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Long shot and this only for testing purposes, put the add on video card back in and use the same xbox HDMI cable and TV HDMI port to see if there is any change.
 
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