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September 18, 2013 5:57:27 AM

About me: Gamer, Audio/Video Transcoding/ Encoding, Musician
Games I play: WoW, Diablo 3, Minecraft, Command and Conquer 3, Sims 3, Simcity (New one).

What I currently have:
Dell XPS 8500- Purchased for $500 at Best Buy on clearance. (which I thought was real good as I don't plan on o/c'ing my cpu at all.)

Specs:
Intel i7-3770
8GB Ram
2TB HDD
Radeon HD 7570 1GB Graphics card GDDR5 128-Bit

Samsung 1920x1080 24" Display

The PSU can support upto 225W of Graphics as Dell's website states. It's 460 Watts Total from what I can read.

UPDATE- Looking at a EVGA GTX 650Ti 2GB GDDR5 gpu, I can get it for $164.99. MY PSU has 2x 6-pin power connectors for a GPU, from the looks of the TDP of the GTX 650 Ti it's 110W where the PSU that Dell has and Dell Advertises can do upto 225W. Would this GPU be an upgrade over the current GPU I have though? (I know there is more Memory, but that is all.

I would like to upgrade the gpu if I can without upgrading the PSU if at all possible. Besides the case isn't that large, So I am certain that the largest cards will fit regardless if I had the power.

The upgrades I was looking into doing was: GPU, add a SSD (it can be lower capacity, thanks to the 2TB HDD), and PSU (I would like to save the PSU for last as I can always upgrade that down the road or replace it easily should the need arise. I would love upgrading everything if possible though. But I understand the costs of things too.

Also looking at Best Buy for my purchases, as I have $300 gift cards (total) towards them and not much cash. (Maybe $90 extra cash.) Best Buys area I'm looking in are these Zip codes: 43105, 43130, 43147. I am currently looking at the parts on the website and will most likely update my posting if I find something. Best Buy will also Price Match Amazon, Newegg and Tiger Direct (Provided they have the item in stock, so I will be cross referencing those. I just wanted an idea of what to start looking at. As I find parts I like I will add them with costs.

Thanks for all the help.

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September 18, 2013 7:19:39 AM

dragonwolf8504

Hi, I used cpubenchmark.com to get a general idea of your GPUs performance, and may have found suitable upgrades based off of what my impending game-rig will most likely contain:

Radeon HD 7770 (Seen @ $108+);

Radeon HD 7790 (Seen @ $129+);

or Radeon HD 7950 (Seen @ $209+).

These are three great cards, especially for price-to-performance ratio.


Links in order:

1)VIDEO CARD
Here's a Sapphire 7770 @ Best Buy $109.99. Newegg claims you'll need a 400w PSU.

2)SSD
Corsair - Neutron Series 120GB Internal SATA III Solid State Drive for Laptops/Desktops $129.99

3)PSU
600w PSU by Corsair @ Best Buy $74

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Radeon+HD+7770+Graphic+Card...

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Neutron+Series+120GB+Intern...

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Corsair+-+Builder+Series+60...

I know you have an XPS 8500, I believe I had an older model at one point. They aren't big cases. You'll need to check these links and their specifications on dimensions and reference them with your computer's documentation; or whip out a ruler.


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IN response to your update;

EVGA GTX 650Ti did three times as good (2692 G3D score) as the 7570 (981 G3D score) in benchmark tests run by cpubenchmark.com. This isn't a set in stone performance, as there are many factors; but this is a good general idea of what you're paying for.


While your PSU, currently can top out at 225w, I've read that you don't want to get to that point; you want comfortable headroom. Besides your PSU being used by your video card @ 110w (we're talking about EVGA GTX 650Ti), your cpu has a tdp of 75w.
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October 2, 2013 6:24:05 PM

dragonwolf8504 said:
About me: Gamer, Audio/Video Transcoding/ Encoding, Musician
Games I play: WoW, Diablo 3, Minecraft, Command and Conquer 3, Sims 3, Simcity (New one).

What I currently have:
Dell XPS 8500- Purchased for $500 at Best Buy on clearance. (which I thought was real good as I don't plan on o/c'ing my cpu at all.)

Specs:
Intel i7-3770
8GB Ram
2TB HDD
Radeon HD 7570 1GB Graphics card GDDR5 128-Bit

Samsung 1920x1080 24" Display

The PSU can support upto 225W of Graphics as Dell's website states. It's 460 Watts Total from what I can read.

UPDATE- Looking at a EVGA GTX 650Ti 2GB GDDR5 gpu, I can get it for $164.99. MY PSU has 2x 6-pin power connectors for a GPU, from the looks of the TDP of the GTX 650 Ti it's 110W where the PSU that Dell has and Dell Advertises can do upto 225W. Would this GPU be an upgrade over the current GPU I have though? (I know there is more Memory, but that is all.

I would like to upgrade the gpu if I can without upgrading the PSU if at all possible. Besides the case isn't that large, So I am certain that the largest cards will fit regardless if I had the power.

The upgrades I was looking into doing was: GPU, add a SSD (it can be lower capacity, thanks to the 2TB HDD), and PSU (I would like to save the PSU for last as I can always upgrade that down the road or replace it easily should the need arise. I would love upgrading everything if possible though. But I understand the costs of things too.

Also looking at Best Buy for my purchases, as I have $300 gift cards (total) towards them and not much cash. (Maybe $90 extra cash.) Best Buys area I'm looking in are these Zip codes: 43105, 43130, 43147. I am currently looking at the parts on the website and will most likely update my posting if I find something. Best Buy will also Price Match Amazon, Newegg and Tiger Direct (Provided they have the item in stock, so I will be cross referencing those. I just wanted an idea of what to start looking at. As I find parts I like I will add them with costs.

Thanks for all the help.



So what did you decide and how did it work out? I bought the same system from Best Buy last May for $777, put in a 250GB SSD and 16GB additional RAM (total of 24GB now) and am considering a GPU upgrade but I also do not want to upgrade the PSU.

I mainly do photo editing, so need the RAM, but not sure so much how much benefit I would get from an upgraded GPU.
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October 3, 2013 7:20:03 AM

I ended up taking the system back due to a bad cpu. After many tests thats what seems to have happened. But before I did so I had swapped the psu out for a 650W and put in a GTX 660 which worked fine. The issues happened when I pushed the cpu for benchmarking and it kept bluescreening and it was always on the cpu side. Figured that is what was bad. Kind of made me sad as the price was pretty decent for the specs.

You can fit a decent standard sized psu in the case and is actually highly suggested as technically if your pushing both the cpu and gpu, you would push the psu to the max and that's not good in the long run. If I can remember exactly what I put in I will update this.
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