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Dell XPS 8100 and the Radeon 6850

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November 1, 2010 11:52:29 AM

Hello All,

I have a Dell XPS 8100 and was hoping to upgrade my ATI 3870 to a 6850. However, Dell doesn't offer that option and the service rep I chated with didn't even know what the 6850 was... so I was wondering if I should order one and try it out on my computer or if I should just stick with the options that Dell recommends (though purchased from somewhere cheaper). Anyways, here's my specs:

3.20GHz Intel Core i5-650 with 4MB cache
6GB Dual Channel 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM
1TB, 7200 RPM hard drive; 16x DVD+/-RW Drive
ATI HD 3870.
Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium (64-Bit) operating system
600 Watt Power Supply.

Thanks,
Jaldaen
November 1, 2010 12:04:12 PM

jaldaen said:
Hello All,

I have a Dell XPS 8100 and was hoping to upgrade my ATI 3870 to a 6850. However, Dell doesn't offer that option and the service rep I chated with didn't even know what the 6850 was... so I was wondering if I should order one and try it out on my computer or if I should just stick with the options that Dell recommends (though purchased from somewhere cheaper). Anyways, here's my specs:

3.20GHz Intel Core i5-650 with 4MB cache
6GB Dual Channel 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM
1TB, 7200 RPM hard drive; 16x DVD+/-RW Drive
ATI HD 3870.
Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium (64-Bit) operating system
600 Watt Power Supply.

Thanks,
Jaldaen


600w psu, that should be enough, but knowing dell, its a generic 300w labeled as 600w. Do you know a more specific brand? Also, the 6850 is short, but dont forget to measure your case for it! Everything else looks fine though, as long as your mobo has an open PCI 2.0 x16 slot.
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November 1, 2010 1:32:58 PM

The power supply is fine power-wise (I checked)

I also found out my Motherboard model: 0t568r

I'll have to check to make sure it has the PCI 2.0 x16 slot. Any easy way to do this?
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November 1, 2010 1:35:09 PM

jaldaen said:
The power supply is fine power-wise (I checked)

I also found out my Motherboard model: 0t568r

I'll have to check to make sure it has the PCI 2.0 x16 slot. Any easy way to do this?


Open the side, and look at the motherboard for a horizontal row of pins that should look like a RAM slot. Or the bios generally.
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November 1, 2010 1:54:34 PM

Is there enough room in the case? I would think based on the 3870, but just checking.
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November 1, 2010 1:57:07 PM

Thanks... I'm okay because the 3870 uses up a PCI-E slot and I'll be swapping that one out for the 6850.
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November 1, 2010 2:05:38 PM

Good question about the length... I'll have to take a look add see how much wiggle room I have since the 6850 is an inch longer than the 3870.
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November 1, 2010 2:49:37 PM

The options dell "recommends" are probably overpriced and outdated. Getting a 6850 is a good choice.

And yeah you do want to make sure you have enough room, I'd imagine that you would. Some of the 6850's with nonreference coolers are a little shorter than the reference ones as well so you could look into that if space is an issue.
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November 8, 2010 2:14:28 AM

Hello All,

Thanks a bunch for your comments... I decided to get the Sapphire 6850 and it fits (actually slightly shorter than the Sapphire 3870) and works great so far!
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November 8, 2010 2:14:45 AM

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November 8, 2010 8:34:55 AM

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