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Dell Studio XPS 8100 - Choosing new graphic card

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October 16, 2010 5:44:04 AM

Here's my spec for the Dell Studio XPS 8100:
ntel® CoreTM i5 650 (3.2GHz/4MB cache)
Windows® 7 Home Premium 64-Bit
Up to 3GB Dual Channel DDR3 SDRAM at 1333Mhz - 3 DIMMS
500GB SATA hard drive (7200RPM)
NVIDIA G310 GeForce®
350W Power Supply

I noticed that my power supply is very low. I'm afraid my computer will die on me if I get a higher-end graphic card. What is a graphic card can somehow fit in with the 350W power supply and have DirectX11?

*Update*
I have decided to get the GTS450 soon. Malmental recommended me I get this. I still have doubts about what's going though because I plan to use the video card to play games like Crysis. Even though the graphic card uses a lot of energy, will the computer overall still remain intact?
October 16, 2010 5:46:54 AM

No card can fit in that setup and still have DX11, if you give me your budget I can help you pick out a PSU.
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October 16, 2010 6:20:16 AM

I hear that ATI 5750 or 5770 might work despite low power supply, but I'm not entirely sure...
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October 16, 2010 6:24:10 AM

Looking at charts again... a 5770 might work.. but I don't know if you would want to stress your PSU that much.


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a c 216 U Graphics card
October 16, 2010 7:12:40 AM

You could purchase a new PSU along with a GPU. What is it you want to accomplish with the new card? What resolution do you use, and what is your budget?

These are important to be able to recommend anything.
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October 16, 2010 12:20:26 PM

Hi sorry to butt in ! I have same Dell except mine has the i7 860 and a ATI 5770 with the same 350w psu which runs fine, but I would also like to upgrade my graphics card. Would a Antec Earth Watts ATX 650w 80 plus work with this system and should a PNY GTX Geforce 460 1gb OC edition fit since I already have a double wide 5770 that I will remove? What setup would you recommend for a compatible upgrade for both psu and gpu? Also what exactly does 80 plus mean and I need this type of psu for i7 right? And just to let the person who started this thread know the 5770 is a good budget card and runs good in the Dell I want 3d thats why I am upgrading. Thanks for any info/help!
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October 16, 2010 11:45:55 PM

Savannahmick said:
Hi sorry to butt in ! I have same Dell except mine has the i7 860 and a ATI 5770 with the same 350w psu which runs fine, but I would also like to upgrade my graphics card. Would a Antec Earth Watts ATX 650w 80 plus work with this system and should a PNY GTX Geforce 460 1gb OC edition fit since I already have a double wide 5770 that I will remove? What setup would you recommend for a compatible upgrade for both psu and gpu? Also what exactly does 80 plus mean and I need this type of psu for i7 right? And just to let the person who started this thread know the 5770 is a good budget card and runs good in the Dell I want 3d thats why I am upgrading. Thanks for any info/help!

Don't hijack somebody else's question thread with your own questions.
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October 17, 2010 12:35:11 AM

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Just to set things straight.
A Dell 350watt psu is more like a 400-425watt psu from almost anybody else.
The rating system on Dell's is a little different the 'most' others.
You do not have to change your psu unless you really want to of course.
Dell + Intel= nVidia in most factory set-ups for a reason but I won't get into that.....

Recommendations:
1.) You listed only 3GB of RAM and 64-bit Windows, NO.
4GB(2x2GB) in dual channel mode, YES.
2.) DirectX 11 nVidia options on 350watt Dell psu (higher end) - GTS450 is your safest bet.
The nVidia GT2xx series I believe is only directx 10.1.

I have no problems with going ATi - I do not think that it's wise to run the HD5770 will run on the 350watt Dell however it's been noted as possible.
the HD5670 just might do it for you.

Anything else besides these and I recommend you then upgrade your psu.
Goodluck.


Do you guarantee that the 450 GTS might work on a 350W power supply? Because I don't want to risk destroying my computer nor I do not want to spend on another PSU... I was thinking about 5770, but then again it's too expensive. I might try to get 450 GTS.
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January 8, 2011 10:43:01 PM

Actually, we can buy a 8100 with I7 and HD5770 from Dell with the same 350w psu so there's no reason to not use a GTS450 on that OEM psu.
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January 10, 2011 3:32:30 PM

I have a 8100 and I put a 5870 with the stock PS with no problems.
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