I recently ordered an XPS 8100 and upgraded to a HD 5770 from Dell. I hear the 5770 requires a 450wt PSU, and the studio XPS 8100 only comes with a 350wt. In result, they turn down the card so the psu supports it. Is this true at all?
I dont know anything about computers so how negatively would this affect my performance?
If you put a 5770 in that 350wt system, chances are it wont even start up, youll most likely need to get a new PSU.. something from a quality brand around 550 watts will do fine. What was the GPU that came with the system?
Also keep in mind if you upgrade the PSU on your own it will void the warranty you have with DELL - I'm sure that DELL has tested the configuration as is to ensure they work together otherwise when selling the upgrade they would require the PSU to be upgraded as well so I wouldn't worry about it - My system has a 5770 and a Phenom II X3 720 with the 4th core unlocked and it never uses more than around 230W under load and only uses 95W when just using the internet etc. so a good quality 350W PSU should be plenty !!
Well i got the PC, and it runs great. Im playing Crysis at max settings and it runs good, played some demos of CoJbib and UT3, everything runs great. I am pleased with it and thankful for all your helo