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May 20, 2014 7:35:20 AM

i am getting a new graphics card radeon r9 270x 4gb version and i want to know weather it is compatible with a dell xps 8500... i have a new power supply that is 650w

any help is really appreciated as this is the first time changing pc parts
May 20, 2014 7:40:26 AM

dvsa said:
i am getting a new graphics card radeon r9 270x 4gb version and i want to know weather it is compatible with a dell xps 8500... i have a new power supply that is 650w

any help is really appreciated as this is the first time changing pc parts


Get an R9 270X with an aftermarket cooler like the Toxic or the Vapor.Reference cards have the worst cooling solution.
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May 20, 2014 7:46:06 AM

I am curious, why the 4GB? I have pure data supporting these common questions;

When games require over 4GB Vram, it'll help; False.

Greater Resolutions will benefit from the 4GB Model; False

The 4GB Model will be able to last longer in the future (games); Also False

SLI 4GB will help; True.

The 4GB Models can utilize up to 3.8GB of the 4GB Vram, but when it does use it, the core itself is struggling, adding no benefit to the cards performance. In Crossfire, if you have dual 2GB Cards, it does not mean 4GB Vram, only 2GB as the world of Crossfire (and SLI) means; 2+2=2, 4+2=2 and 4+4=4. With Vram the 4GB will only help In crossfire, nothing else.

If you have other questions regarding Vram, just ask and we'll gladly help.

If you want reviews supporting this, am also glad to find them.
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May 20, 2014 7:52:04 AM

I have never built a pc before and it sounded better than the 2gb version

my second choice for the card is radeon 7870 tahiti le but i am still not sure if it will work with the motherboard
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May 20, 2014 7:58:13 AM

I am finding it hard to find info on your motherboard, do you have a model number on it that could give us an indication of what it is?
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May 20, 2014 8:01:36 AM

how do i find that
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May 20, 2014 8:02:16 AM

look for brands/model numbers on the motherboard itself. It should say it on the board. No need to take anything out, just look at the front.
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May 20, 2014 8:03:43 AM

gimme 5 mins i will check
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May 20, 2014 8:11:55 AM

model number is 0NW73C A01
made by dell
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May 20, 2014 8:22:51 AM

the A01 bit was loads apart from the first part of the number
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May 20, 2014 8:57:06 AM

but are the radeon r9 270x and my motherboard (dell xps 8500 one) compatable
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May 20, 2014 10:31:38 PM

http://www.findlaptopdriver.com/dell-0nw73c-mainboard-s...

Found your motherboard specs.

It has a PCI-E X16 slot, best for any GPU. that motherboard CAN support a R9 270X, to best capability.
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May 21, 2014 7:16:22 AM

thank you soo much i have been looking for help for ages
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May 21, 2014 7:19:08 AM

if you ever need to find more info of what it can support, that link will help most. Only one I could find.
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