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Gaming on Studio XPS 9000

Last response: in Video Games
November 12, 2009 6:10:21 PM

I've recently perchased a Dell Studio XPS 9000 computer.
Here are some specs:

Processor - Intel i7-920 (2.66GHz)
Memory - 6GB DDR3 SDRAM at 1066MHz
Graphics Card - NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260
Hard Drive - 640GB SATA II 7200RPM
Power Supply - 425W
OS - Windows 7

I am using the computer primarily for gaming. I play all sorts of games from Everquest 2 to Crysis, and more. So I have a wide range of needs.
I'm still waiting to recieve the computer in the mail, so I haven't tested it yet.
I'm worried about the power supply. Is 425 Watts enough to handle the system? What if I want to upgrade? If I do upgrade, what needs to be the first thing upgraded (besides the power supply i'm guessing). I would love to add a velociraptor or Solid State hard drive.
And finally, with my current setup, what kind of results can I expect from games like crysis?

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November 12, 2009 6:30:44 PM

for starters get a 650 watt corsair power supply then an ati 5850/5870 then more/better storage depending on your needs

425 should be fine for that
November 12, 2009 6:41:18 PM

The PSU that ships with that PC should have enough juice to power your system. If you do decide to upgrade the PSU later on you can install an EA500 or EA650... . But i don't understand how they would ship the PC with a 425w when the GTX 260's PSU requirements are a 500w or greater. Anyways as far as the hard drive, if you do decide on upgrading don't waste your money on a Raptor since the 640Gb that comes with the XPS is basically the same performance-wise. An SSD would be a much wiser purchase.

As far as games go you should not have an issue, of course games like Crysis will play fine as long as you do not max out the anti-aliasing. Other than that you are fine.

Dell PSU's normally push more wattage then what they are rated so the PSU should not be an issue.
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November 12, 2009 6:46:38 PM

Thanks very much! Very helpful info
November 28, 2009 4:49:10 AM

You don't need a new PSU, the dell PSU works fine with gtx 260.