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Upgrading GPU on Alienware x51

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December 9, 2013 9:38:32 AM

Hello. I bought my alienware x51 about a year ago and my current graphics card usually goes to about 75-85 c when playing Far Cry 3 on high settings. So I thought that for christmas i would wish me a new graphics card. The problem is. I heard that alienwares are hard to upgrade. So i need help for, what my psu can handle, which graphics cards would fit, etc.


My specs are:
8GB ram
Windows 7 home premium
intel core i5 2320 3ghz
nvidia geforce gtx 555
monitor is samsung syncmaster S27B350 and the native resolution is 1920x1080. Thanks in advance.

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a b D Laptop
December 9, 2013 10:11:33 AM
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December 9, 2013 10:47:54 AM

Yes, that is the one.
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December 9, 2013 11:32:29 AM

So the solution is to buy a new case + power supply + graphics card, thats gonna get expensive, and i know nothing about pc's whatsoever.
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December 9, 2013 11:42:36 AM

im gonna contact dell and find out what my motherboard and PSU is.
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December 10, 2013 5:36:00 AM

Yes the PSU is a 330w and the motherboard is a h67 chipset made for the PC. I just want to be sure that the PSU can handle the new graphics card, and that the GPU fits where my gtx 555 sits.
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a b D Laptop
December 10, 2013 5:50:41 AM

You will to Physically check the dimensions of the card to see if it fits. According to the last link I posted somebody put in a GTX660Ti and it runs fine on the PSU recommendations for that card is 450watt PSU but 500watts for the GTX760 although but actually is closer to 330watts here measured at the wall for total system http://anandtech.com/show/7103/nvidia-geforce-gtx-760-r... so would be pushing it going with the GTX760.
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December 10, 2013 5:57:37 AM

I read about 760 vs 660 and there doesnt seem to be alot of difference, of course the 760 is better but not by alot, and i dont wanna risk getting a graphics card that wont work.
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a b D Laptop
December 10, 2013 6:19:52 AM

The GTX660 has been selling for good prices and would be a safe bet, just make sure it is designed to blow heat out of the case, not with a fancy open dual fan cooler.
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December 10, 2013 6:25:09 AM

Uhm, i checked my graphic cards length and height on nvidias page, and it was : Height 11.115 CM and Lenght : 20.995.
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December 10, 2013 6:25:56 AM

rolli59 said:
The GTX660 has been selling for good prices and would be a safe bet, just make sure it is designed to blow heat out of the case, not with a fancy open dual fan cooler.


So do you mean that the GPU is only allowed to have 1 fan?
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December 10, 2013 6:45:08 AM

Ok, but what about the size of the graphics card, should i send a picture of what my pc looks like inside?
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a b D Laptop
December 10, 2013 6:52:49 AM

Just measure the length that will fit but if you have picture fine
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December 10, 2013 7:01:44 AM

Its hard to measure when the graphic card is already in
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a b D Laptop
December 10, 2013 8:53:59 AM

Looks to me that the Card can take the full length behind that metal bracket, am I right?
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December 10, 2013 9:11:02 AM

I watch a video and i think i know where the card sits : http://imgur.com/r2DUzLy where the red circle is the "clicker" to get the card out (i think) and the black square is where i think the GPU is
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a b D Laptop
December 10, 2013 9:27:02 AM

The card is the green thing behind that long metal bracket!
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December 10, 2013 9:47:27 AM

Yeah ok its bigger than what i drew
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December 10, 2013 12:46:21 PM

Are you 100% sure its a 330w? Cause i looked on that black square thing hanging at the wire and it said "100-240v~4.4A"
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a b D Laptop
December 10, 2013 1:43:10 PM

That is input voltage! I can not read the PSU label since it is behind one of those plates!
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