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Help upgrading DELL PRECISION 690 to gaming machine

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December 16, 2010 6:48:27 PM

Hello, I'm trying to upgrade this dell, it has the follow specs:
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TWO DUAL CORE XEON 3.2GHZ PROCESSORS 5060 SO 4 CORES TOTAL
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4 GB RAM
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2 X 160GB HARD DRIVES SATA
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DVD-RW DRIVE
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CD-RW DRIVE
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FLOPPY
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VIDEO CARD IS DUAL DVI PORT NVIDIA FX550 128MB

Can this be upgraged to any nvidia card i want and can i put two of them in it? if so what do you recommend. And the computer has 8 ram ports, it has 4 sticks of 1gb currently to upgrade to 8mb do i just put 1gb in each of the ports. Can this computer even even be used as a gaming rig
December 16, 2010 6:59:16 PM

Graphics: Has your mainbourd got a PCI-E slot
RAM: Are all the slots the same. Also what OS are you planning to use?
December 16, 2010 7:15:08 PM

heres the mobo

heres the ports

# Eight (8) DIMM sockets (4 occupied)
# Two (2) PCI-X slots
# One (1) PCI slot
# Three (3) PCIe x8 slots
# One (1) PCIe x16 slot (occupied)
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December 16, 2010 9:10:34 PM

200 dollars
December 16, 2010 10:41:11 PM

Is that just for the graphics card or the ram aswell. I would also recomend depending on what Power Unit (PSU) you have you might need to upgrade that to.
December 16, 2010 10:48:23 PM

true but its always better to take evrything into account now rather than it just pop up later and it bight you in the backside lol
December 16, 2010 10:57:14 PM

has 750 watts, i'd like to play every game on a 24 inch monitor with high graphics ie crysis. max budget is 300 dollars
December 16, 2010 11:00:15 PM

yeh youll be fine on that budget for graphics and ram, new psu isnt needed.
any future queries just jump on the forum mate.
December 16, 2010 11:12:29 PM

I reccomend xfx for grapgics cards their always without disapointment.
December 16, 2010 11:15:21 PM

i would reccomend XFX for graphics cards there always without disapoitment.
December 16, 2010 11:15:48 PM

it has two processors can i over clock both of them? should i spend most of my money on the gfx card?
December 16, 2010 11:20:25 PM

yes you can depending on what motherbaurd you have and what bios. I would gfx is the main thing i would you have got enough ram for a 64bit os as it is but it is always good to have more ram. ps if overclocking defenetly take into consideration cooling it is very important.
December 16, 2010 11:26:43 PM

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graphics card is where the money goes, overclocking is free (more or less)..;)
Dell certain Dell XPS, AlienWare allow overclocking, I'm not certain for the DELL PRECISION...

I'm trying to research a possible dual card system, researching card possibilities for PhysX.
I'm just thinking a little out of the box, havin' fun toking one.... :whistle: 
To bad it doesn't have a second pci-e x16 slot so I'm kinda looking into the other slot options.
It's a shame if you can't tho with all the power supply and all that room..

yeh defenetly
December 16, 2010 11:35:00 PM

The precision 690 supports SLi as long as you have the riser card and an SLi bridge, would this be a good investment?
December 16, 2010 11:38:35 PM

yes defenetly.
December 16, 2010 11:56:36 PM

is it a benefit to buy 2 100 dollars graphic cards over a 200 dollar one?
January 10, 2011 1:21:53 AM

I also have a Dell Precision 690, and wanted to buy an eVGA Fermi 465 SLI-capable video card. Can anyone determine if it will work in my machine - I want the best DirectX11 video card I can get for this system for under $200.
Regards,
Mark
March 27, 2012 7:19:05 AM

I have a Precision 690 with 2 Xeon X5365 (@3Ghz) and 64GB RAM. At the moment I have my ATi FirePro V7200 switched for a AMD (Sapphire) Radeon HD 6570, but as soon as possible I want to buy a nVidia (eVGA) GTX 680.
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