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December 9, 2013 9:52:32 PM

I know you all have seen plenty of threads on Dell XPS 420 GPU upgrades, but mine may be a bit different.

I'm not simply looking to upgrade, I'm looking for something uniquely special for this rig.

I've had it now for over 5 years. I just gave it an electronic "bath"...cleaning the casing, the inners, changed the PSU to 500W, the heat sink and processor, reapplied a new coat of thermal paste to that sucker...and this baby is flying! It's just as fast as my i7 almost!

I was thinking on upgrading the GPU to an AMD card, but I'm leaning on Nvidia based on the performance it's giving my i7 HP.

My question is do I go with a high grade Nvidia or AMD Radeon that's embedded in the motherboard?

All the research in the world hasn't narrowed down my decision. Should I got with CUDA cores or plain outright AMD performance ratings?

I'm stuck. I love what my Nvidia is doing for my HP....but will it match what I want to do with my Dell XPS 420?

Help? This is more personal than it is spec-based....if you guys know what I mean.

Thanks!

PS: Please do not ask me WHAT I'm going to do with the card; i.e. gaming, music production, blah, blah, blah....I'm beyond that stage. This is merely a "taste" decision.
December 10, 2013 9:47:54 AM

You are confusing brands vs model ranges. A fast AMD card is just as good as a fast nVidia card. It's like saying "I want a Ford to race with but will it be as fast as my Nissan". Well, WHAT Ford and WHAT Nissan exactly?

The XPS 420 has more than one CPU choice, what CPU is in yours?

And what is the budget?



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December 10, 2013 12:15:01 PM

hang-the-9 said:
You are confusing brands vs model ranges. A fast AMD card is just as good as a fast nVidia card. It's like saying "I want a Ford to race with but will it be as fast as my Nissan". Well, WHAT Ford and WHAT Nissan exactly?

The XPS 420 has more than one CPU choice, what CPU is in yours?

And what is the budget?





Lol....let me explain. I have an EVGA GeForce GTX650Ti Boost in my HP...absolutely gorgeous!

But I was thinking replicating that in the XPS. It's just that I don't know if it's the best fit.

But honestly, this is more about brand over model. I guess what I'm really asking is...if you open up your case, and you had a PC that you've been in love with for years, and wanted to do something special for it, what card would YOU put in it...and why?

Money isn't an issue. But the specs make all the difference. I'll max out the card if it's the right one. And I'm ONLY looking at Nvidia, EVGA or AMD "branded" (not Sapphire, XFX, ASUS, etc...thought they have AMD processors)

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December 11, 2013 7:29:07 AM

The 650 Ti boost will run fine in that case and a 500 watt power supply, you may as well get that for it. Anything faster won't do you any good even if you max out the CPU in the system. I don't have any computers for show with windows and lights, so to me the brand and looks don't matter, I just get whatever is the best match for the CPU.
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December 11, 2013 9:13:09 PM

hang-the-9 said:
The 650 Ti boost will run fine in that case and a 500 watt power supply, you may as well get that for it. Anything faster won't do you any good even if you max out the CPU in the system. I don't have any computers for show with windows and lights, so to me the brand and looks don't matter, I just get whatever is the best match for the CPU.


Thanks hang-the-9. At least you didn't give the techie reply...which I appreciate....time for being techie, time for being a consumer. I think I'll take your advice on this one...and go with another 650. If you wanna see pics once I'm done with my rig, just holla...doing something pretty cool with it before it's all done.

Cheers!
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