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Dell inspiron 660 what Graphics card can i pick and what PSU can it fit in my mintower? hep me

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February 3, 2014 2:49:39 PM

Hi! i have a Dell inspiron 660 i wonder if a Nvidia GTX 650 or 660 graphics card fits in my mintower dell?This graphics card is around 248 Euro http://www.inet.se/produkt/5409891/msi-geforce-gtx-760-... and a 600w PSU this one. http://www.inet.se/produkt/6911393/corsair-cx-600m-80-b... this PSU is about 73Euros i have the money but my question is does this component fits on my Mintower Dell inspiron 660? help me it probably would make my day!

Here is my specs:
intel (R) Core(TM) i5-3330 CPU @ 3.00GHz 3.00GHz
Graphicscard Geforce GT 620
RAM- 8GB
2TB i think or 1TB
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February 3, 2014 3:01:38 PM

What's wrong with your current card, It's not garbage but it's not great.

The rest of your PC is pretty good, you can only put Low Profile cards (I think, that's what dells website implies anyways) in there though, so something like this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Or this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Will probably be your best bet. not saying you have to buy from there, but those are the kinda cards you want to look for.
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February 3, 2014 5:51:48 PM

This is how your case looks inside



Now we measuring inches, so you can see that until circled connector is about 8.5 inches and until hard drive box is about 9.5-10 inches, your MSI 760 is 10.24" x 4.96" x 1.50" so this card would not fit, power supply is good choice.

Look for those 2 cards, first fit easy, MSI GeForce GTX 760 GAMING ITX 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 6.7" x 4.7" x 1.4

Second, more tight fit, will go over the circled connector - ASUS GTX760-DC2OC-2GD5 GeForce GTX 760 2GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 8.6" x 5" x 1.5"

I highlighted the length of the card, since this is you constrain.

Anything else I can help you with?
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February 3, 2014 5:54:52 PM

The CX600 is a poor power supply , with second rate capacitors.
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February 4, 2014 8:25:55 AM

Actually that picture helps alot, it looks like you shouldn't have too much issue fitting the asus gtx760 in there, and that cable/connector you circled shouldn't get in the way to much, I can't see it's height from this angle, but if it's not much higher than the PCI slot you should be able to just tuck it out of the way.


Your current PSU probably won't be enough, but you should only need about 400-500 watts for that computer. Rosewill makes pretty quality PSUs now, So i'll suggest two choices for you. First one is a standard 450W but it has an 80 Plus Gold:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
2nd one is basically the same but it's modular for 10 more dollars, so you can save room inside your case by reducing excess cables you dont need being in there:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

One thing that might be an issue is your new card will generate more heat, but your case might not be the best at handling that, so you might want to consider upgrading your fans to higher performance (and quite possibly louder unfortunately) ones to make sure your temps stay in line.
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February 4, 2014 10:18:29 AM

There are no fans to upgrade - only one exhaust 92mm fan located next to CPU cooler, unless OP will drill his case, which is very unlikely.

What can be considered, if extra euros are available, is to change/upgrade case.
However, I strongly advise first, do PSU (chsnge to Corsair GS series power supply, or even modular) and GPU upgrades, next, if temperature bothers you - upgrade the case.

I used MSI 660 Twin Frost in similar case and it was OK, my idle temps reach 33C in the room during hottest summer day.

Anything else I can help you with?
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February 4, 2014 11:19:04 AM

Well he could stick this fan in there as an intake: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Any extra air will escape thru the vents in the front.
Or one of these:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
They will be fairly loud, but they will keep his case cool.
If he uses headphones to play games with he probably won't notice.
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February 4, 2014 11:55:30 AM

James Mason said:
Well he could stick this fan in there as an intake: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Any extra air will escape thru the vents in the front.
Or one of these:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
They will be fairly loud, but they will keep his case cool.
If he uses headphones to play games with he probably won't notice.



The case is very air tight, however I missed one side open grill, my bad.

Just look at Newegg for general understanding http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

66.5 dBA is quite loud, I have approximately 35 dBA fans and I think more is too much. Also, Inspirons don't have any fan speed controls, so OP will need some type of speed control, or OP will go crazy in 1 day from jet fighter take off sound.

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February 4, 2014 1:06:25 PM

Kisianik said:
James Mason said:
Well he could stick this fan in there as an intake: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Any extra air will escape thru the vents in the front.
Or one of these:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
They will be fairly loud, but they will keep his case cool.
If he uses headphones to play games with he probably won't notice.

It does have the side vent, and it also has some vents towards the front, thats what the grill type pattern on the right side of the inside of the case that you see it there for. There is a slight gap around the borders of the front of the case that will allow airflow. (especially air escape)

You dont have to worry to much about how the air escapes from the case, only how the air is entering the case. There are plenty of places for air to escape, as pc cases are not made to be "air tight"

The case is very air tight, however I missed one side open grill, my bad.

Just look at Newegg for general understanding http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

66.5 dBA is quite loud, I have approximately 35 dBA fans and I think more is too much. Also, Inspirons don't have any fan speed controls, so OP will need some type of speed control, or OP will go crazy in 1 day from jet fighter take off sound.



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February 7, 2014 4:01:26 PM

Kisianik said:
This is how your case looks inside



Now we measuring inches, so you can see that until circled connector is about 8.5 inches and until hard drive box is about 9.5-10 inches, your MSI 760 is 10.24" x 4.96" x 1.50" so this card would not fit, power supply is good choice.

Look for those 2 cards, first fit easy, MSI GeForce GTX 760 GAMING ITX 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 6.7" x 4.7" x 1.4

Second, more tight fit, will go over the circled connector - ASUS GTX760-DC2OC-2GD5 GeForce GTX 760 2GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 8.6" x 5" x 1.5"

I highlighted the length of the card, since this is you constrain.

Anything else I can help you with?

Hello if i change my graphics card to GTX 650 here the link wut it fit then? http://www.elgiganten.se/product/datorer-tillbehor/ovri...


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February 7, 2014 6:07:07 PM

96sebbe96 said:
If i change my Graphics card to GTX 650 wut it fit can you plzz check it up? here the link - http://www.elgiganten.se/product/datorer-tillbehor/ovri...
and i will still get the 600w PSU


This card fits easy! But it is too weak for your CPU, only if money are tight!

Anything else I can help you with?
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February 7, 2014 6:50:40 PM

And wut do you recommend for CPU in to my dell? tell me
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February 10, 2014 7:45:17 PM

96sebbe96 said:
And wut do you recommend for CPU in to my dell? tell me


Officially the strongest CPU for Dell Inspiron 660 is 3.10GHz i5-3450 Ivy Bridge Quad Core, 6MB which is a bit faster than yours, so it is not justifiable in term of money to upgrade.

By overall Intel rules, you can have even faster CPU, but remember that you have a Dell, which put restrictions in BIOS, also Dell uses cheap motherboards, cutting corners everywhere, so I would not recommend or advise to go above Dell recommendation.
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February 16, 2014 12:54:52 PM

1 last thing sorry i have many questions but before i install my new GPU should i uninstall my old GPU and install my new once? i was thinking if i dont uninstall my old once it will be some problems installin my new once? or does it not make a problem at all? ty
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February 18, 2014 7:58:49 AM

Well, you probably don't need to uninstall the old drivers, just make sure you get new ones for your new card.
You should take out the old card though, as they won't work together to make your computer faster or anything.
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March 8, 2014 3:12:28 PM

I've got this same computer for my son and would love to install a full size graphics card. Did you finally get a card in there and what was the outcome of the connector on the motherboard? Because that connector is my worry too.

I want to put the most powerful graphics card I can in, just not sure about the fit because of the connector on the motherboard.

I was also considering the one that was posted above here: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I know that one will fit for sure. I'm just wondering if I could put an even more powerful card that was larger in size.


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March 9, 2014 9:23:01 AM

Kisianik said:
This is how your case looks inside



Now we measuring inches, so you can see that until circled connector is about 8.5 inches and until hard drive box is about 9.5-10 inches, your MSI 760 is 10.24" x 4.96" x 1.50" so this card would not fit, power supply is good choice.

Look for those 2 cards, first fit easy, MSI GeForce GTX 760 GAMING ITX 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 6.7" x 4.7" x 1.4

Second, more tight fit, will go over the circled connector - ASUS GTX760-DC2OC-2GD5 GeForce GTX 760 2GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 8.6" x 5" x 1.5"

I highlighted the length of the card, since this is you constrain.

Anything else I can help you with?


What is the deference between these two cards?
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March 9, 2014 9:29:17 AM

MSI GeForce GTX 760 GAMING ITX 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card < Mini ITX Sized

ASUS GTX760-DC2OC-2GD5 GeForce GTX 760 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card < Full sized

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March 9, 2014 11:13:39 AM

SR-71 Blackbird said:
MSI GeForce GTX 760 GAMING ITX 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card < Mini ITX Sized

ASUS GTX760-DC2OC-2GD5 GeForce GTX 760 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card < Full sized


So really no difference other than size is what I get your saying?

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March 18, 2014 4:27:22 PM

Kisianik said:
This is how your case looks inside



Now we measuring inches, so you can see that until circled connector is about 8.5 inches and until hard drive box is about 9.5-10 inches, your MSI 760 is 10.24" x 4.96" x 1.50" so this card would not fit, power supply is good choice.

Look for those 2 cards, first fit easy, MSI GeForce GTX 760 GAMING ITX 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 6.7" x 4.7" x 1.4

Second, more tight fit, will go over the circled connector - ASUS GTX760-DC2OC-2GD5 GeForce GTX 760 2GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 8.6" x 5" x 1.5"

I highlighted the length of the card, since this is you constrain.

Anything else I can help you with?


Just ordered that MSI GeForce GTX 760 GAMING ITX 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 linked above. Will report back the outcome. Should be a good card I think for this Dell 660.
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March 25, 2014 8:06:15 AM

posting back an update for anyone else that might have experience with their graphics card not working.

called dell support and a suggestion was to re-seat the RAM. So pulled both sticks and then re-installed.

works now.

funny that the fan on the video card was spinning before as if it was active, but acting as if the DVI cable was not even connected between the graphics card and monitor, absolutely nothing. And using the motherboards Intel onboard graphics worked fine with the VGA cable.

but working now after the RAM re-seat.

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May 7, 2014 11:50:26 AM

g725s said:
posting back an update for anyone else that might have experience with their graphics card not working.

called dell support and a suggestion was to re-seat the RAM. So pulled both sticks and then re-installed.

works now.

funny that the fan on the video card was spinning before as if it was active, but acting as if the DVI cable was not even connected between the graphics card and monitor, absolutely nothing. And using the motherboards Intel onboard graphics worked fine with the VGA cable.

but working now after the RAM re-seat.



Every post here was very informative and thanks for the update :D  What did you end up upgrading for the 660? just graphic card and PSU? which PSU did you go with?
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