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October 31, 2013 11:39:13 AM

Looking to upgrade RAM and graphics card. I woul like confirmation on whether the GeForce GTX660 will work in my rig. Also, for the memory I am going to go with 4 X 4GB kit so any suggestions would be great (Gskill, Mushkin or Corsair?)

Alienware Aurora
BIOS: Default System BIOS
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7 CPU 960 @ 3.20GHz (8 CPUs), ~3.2GHz
Memory: 6144MB RAM
Card name: NVIDIA GeForce GTS 240

I am doing these upgrades so I can play BF4, it runs like crap right now.

Many thanks in advance!

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October 31, 2013 11:42:05 AM

eafsaf2013 said:
Looking to upgrade RAM and graphics card. I woul like confirmation on whether the GeForce GTX660 will work in my rig. Also, for the memory I am going to go with 4 X 4GB kit so any suggestions would be great (Gskill, Mushkin or Corsair?)

Alienware Aurora
BIOS: Default System BIOS
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7 CPU 960 @ 3.20GHz (8 CPUs), ~3.2GHz
Memory: 6144MB RAM
Card name: NVIDIA GeForce GTS 240

I am doing these upgrades so I can play BF4, it runs like crap right now.

Many thanks in advance!



ummm . . .you haven't told us your PSU. We need to see if your PSU is big enough to handle your upgrades.
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October 31, 2013 11:46:32 AM

If your PSU can handle it, you can use a GTX 660 just fine. And you don't need 16GB of RAM.
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October 31, 2013 11:46:49 AM

@AndyC53 - I'm not home right now so I don't know what the PSU is. I will update my post when I get home. THanks!
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October 31, 2013 11:48:35 AM

eafsaf2013 said:
@AndyC53 - I'm not home right now so I don't know what the PSU is. I will update my post when I get home. THanks!


Try to give as many specs as possible when you do, it will help us help you.
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October 31, 2013 11:53:26 AM

eafsaf2013 said:
@AndyC53 - I'm not home right now so I don't know what the PSU is. I will update my post when I get home. THanks!


OK - No probs. Just send me the info and i will check if your PSU can run the upgrades. But please bear in mind that adding more RAM wont make a dramatic difference to BF4 gameplay. I would just save up the money and get a better GPU. I suggest the AMD Radeon 7870:http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sapphire-11199-19-20G-CrossFire...
It is cheap and is SLIGHTLY better than the GTX 660.
Just look at the results: http://www.hwcompare.com/13302/geforce-gtx-660-vs-radeo...
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November 1, 2013 10:30:05 AM

Here is my PSU (I think)

V:100-240V
A: 7.9A
Hz: 50/60Hz

I was looking to upgrade from the below:
Memory: 6144MB RAM
Card name: NVIDIA GeForce GTS 240

Thanks!
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November 1, 2013 12:03:29 PM

Most modern high range cards require a PSU rated at 500W or above. Other cards like the GTX 770/780 will require even more, such as around 700W. You also have to make sure you have enough power on the rails.
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November 1, 2013 1:02:33 PM

eafsaf2013 said:
Here is my PSU (I think)

V:100-240V
A: 7.9A
Hz: 50/60Hz

I was looking to upgrade from the below:
Memory: 6144MB RAM
Card name: NVIDIA GeForce GTS 240

Thanks!


Hey eafsaf, we need the WATTAGE of your PSU. It should be located on your PSU Label.
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November 1, 2013 1:03:02 PM

eafsaf2013 said:
Here is my PSU (I think)

V:100-240V
A: 7.9A
Hz: 50/60Hz

I was looking to upgrade from the below:
Memory: 6144MB RAM
Card name: NVIDIA GeForce GTS 240

Thanks!


Hey eafsaf, we need the WATTAGE of your PSU. It should be located on your PSU Label.
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November 1, 2013 3:58:16 PM

Ok here is what I have, i think can have dual graphic cards is that viable with 875 watt PSU?


317-3429 1 Intel Core i7 960 (3.2GHz, 8MB Cache)
317-3174 1 6GB Triple Channel 1600MHz DDR3

320-8253 1 21.5" Alienware AW2210 OptX Full HD Gaming Monitor, 21.5" viewable image size
320-8443 1 Dual 1GB NVIDIA GeForce GTS 240 - SLI Enabled
342-0264 1 1TB RAID 0 (2x 500GB SATA-II, 7,200 RPM, 16MB Cache HDDs)
313-8334 1 Cosmic Black ALX - 875 Watt Power Supply
317-1899 1 ALX Accesory Kit

421-2064 1 Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium, 64bit, English

313-9077 1 Single Drive: 24X CD/DVD burner (DVD+/-RW) w/double layer write capability
313-8948 1 Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Audio

317-1904 1 Alienware High-Performance Liquid Cooling
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November 1, 2013 4:06:59 PM

The PSU could probably handle SLI or XFire. You should be careful with it if it's not a name brand PSU though, generic PSUs are not good for any kind of heavy usage.
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November 2, 2013 10:14:26 AM

eafsaf2013 said:
Ok here is what I have, i think can have dual graphic cards is that viable with 875 watt PSU?


317-3429 1 Intel Core i7 960 (3.2GHz, 8MB Cache)
317-3174 1 6GB Triple Channel 1600MHz DDR3

320-8253 1 21.5" Alienware AW2210 OptX Full HD Gaming Monitor, 21.5" viewable image size
320-8443 1 Dual 1GB NVIDIA GeForce GTS 240 - SLI Enabled
342-0264 1 1TB RAID 0 (2x 500GB SATA-II, 7,200 RPM, 16MB Cache HDDs)
313-8334 1 Cosmic Black ALX - 875 Watt Power Supply
317-1899 1 ALX Accesory Kit

421-2064 1 Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium, 64bit, English

313-9077 1 Single Drive: 24X CD/DVD burner (DVD+/-RW) w/double layer write capability
313-8948 1 Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Audio

317-1904 1 Alienware High-Performance Liquid Cooling


875W is plenty - you will definitely be able to use a GTX 660 in your Alienware. Also here are some RAM suggestions: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Skill-Ripjaws-PC17000-2133MHz-P...
and if you can afford it . . . :http://www.amazon.co.uk/Corsair-CMD16GX3M4A2133C9-Domin...
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