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December 26, 2013 2:56:51 AM

Hi, I'm interested in getting a new graphics card for my XPS 8300 which is currently stock everything, and I don't want to upgrade the PSU or anything else.

Can somebody knowledgeable please inform me which card will fit in my case, will be the appropriate wattage, and will be the best bang for my buck in the $150-200 range.

Thanks!
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December 26, 2013 3:01:09 AM

You need to find the power supply wattage. Prebuilt PCs tend to have very bad power supplies in them. XPS also has a small case and only low profile GPUs will fit.

Best you can do for $200 is a 270x or a used GTX 760/670.

Dell used a very bad case your not gong to be able to cool a $150-$200 GPU with that one tiny fan.

Same size/look would be a bitfenix Prodigy M (make the it has the M or it will be the itx version)

I have an XPS 8300 case that was salvaged and your not going to fit a decent GPU in there. My 670 is like 3 inches to long to even fit in the case.

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December 26, 2013 10:33:32 AM

After opening my case, the stock PSU wattage is 460W. Certainly that would be enough for a 650 Ti Boost or at least a 7790? Would somebody more familiar with the XPS8300 system, or at least willing to look it up, be able to shed some light?
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December 26, 2013 11:34:26 AM

After a bunch of Googling, I see that the XPS 8300 should be able to run the 650Ti Boost or HD7790. I'm also interested in the Sapphire 7870, would anybody know if this could fit in my case and be compatible with my motherboard (0Y2MRG)?

http://www.amazon.com/Sapphire-DL-DVI-I-SL-DVI-D-PCI-Ex...
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December 26, 2013 6:51:56 PM

mghig said:
After a bunch of Googling, I see that the XPS 8300 should be able to run the 650Ti Boost or HD7790. I'm also interested in the Sapphire 7870, would anybody know if this could fit in my case and be compatible with my motherboard (0Y2MRG)?

http://www.amazon.com/Sapphire-DL-DVI-I-SL-DVI-D-PCI-Ex...


So far your Sapphire card requires 500 watt PSU and two 6-pin ancillary power connectors, however so far I was able to find XPS PSUs with only one 6 pin connector and 4 SATA power connectors (2 SATA power connectors can be converted into one 6 pin connector), so if you have only 1 HDD and 1 DVDRW you can attach your Sapphire to DEll PSU, if you have 2 HDD or 2 DVDRW - you can not. Also, 500 watt falls short of 460 watt actual.
I can guarantee to some degree that Dell PSU is really 460 watt, but I would not push my luck with 500 watt GPU. So, PSU upgrade for this card is required.

Regarding actual fit. Any card at about 10.83" (inches) long will fit, even a bit longer should fit, but one SATA cable would have to be changed for longer one. So your card is 8.46" - perfect fit.

So, final answer - you need PSU upgrade to accommodate your Sapphire Radeon HD 7870.

Generally any ATX power supply should fit, it could be tight fit however. Make sure that new PSU has at least 4 SATA connectors and two 6 pin video card ancillary power supply connectors.

Anything else I can help you with?
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December 27, 2013 1:26:43 AM

Thank you very much for your very informative answer. However, the goal I'm trying to accomplish is getting a great graphics card in my system without upgrading my PSU. I'm looking to get the most bang out of my buck for around $150-$200. Is there any reason I wouldn't be able to run this?

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00FU4XG70/ref=ox_sc_a...

Thanks again for your help
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December 27, 2013 9:57:37 AM

mghig said:
Thank you very much for your very informative answer. However, the goal I'm trying to accomplish is getting a great graphics card in my system without upgrading my PSU. I'm looking to get the most bang out of my buck for around $150-$200. Is there any reason I wouldn't be able to run this?

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00FU4XG70/ref=ox_sc_a...

Thanks again for your help


Excellent find, System Requirements 450 Watt power supply, length 9.5". Your 460 watt PSU will fare good here!

Anything else I can help you with?
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December 27, 2013 10:04:53 AM

Nope, that's it. I'll be buying the card today and hope all goes well when it gets here Monday. Thanks again for your help
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May 9, 2014 7:29:22 PM

mghig said:
Thank you very much for your very informative answer. However, the goal I'm trying to accomplish is getting a great graphics card in my system without upgrading my PSU. I'm looking to get the most bang out of my buck for around $150-$200. Is there any reason I wouldn't be able to run this?

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00FU4XG70/ref=ox_sc_a...

Thanks again for your help


mghig said:
Nope, that's it. I'll be buying the card today and hope all goes well when it gets here Monday. Thanks again for your help



Just curious how the card runs with your system? I am thinking of same card but I hear some say this card requires at least 24 amps on 12v rail which xps 8300 is 18 amps. How's it been for u? Game a lot?
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June 4, 2014 2:42:10 PM

mghig said:
After opening my case, the stock PSU wattage is 460W. Certainly that would be enough for a 650 Ti Boost or at least a 7790? Would somebody more familiar with the XPS8300 system, or at least willing to look it up, be able to shed some light?

I just read a blog on the 7790 it requires 500 watt power supply dell says they never tested it with the 7790 lot of people are having issues with no screen display...driver incompatibility and not enough power in the stock power supply
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