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Geforce GT 530 vs. Radeon 6850 or 6770

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August 2, 2011 6:43:25 PM

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Hi all,

I just purchases a Dell XPS 8300 and am looking to upgrade the GPU. Here are the stats on the PC:

Intel Core i7 2600 3.4 gHz
8 GB DDR3 @ 1333 mHz
Geforce GT530

From what I read, this PC has a 460W PSU with one 6-pin connector. Can I run a Radeon 6850 (and will it fit the in the case)? Will I notice a significant increase in graphics performance? Is there a better option for a GPU upgrade within the limitations of the build?

I'm also thinking about the Radeon HD 6770. Would their be a noticible performance change from either the GT530 or the 8530 with this card?

I know I could have squeezed more performance out of a home-build system, but I get a sizable discount on Dell through work, so I couldn't touch the price. I got the whole system for about the cost of the processor itself. That also means no returns. The GPU is the only downfall, and I wanted to see about upgrading it at less than the cost that Dell offers upgrades at.

As far as usage goes, I'm looking to do mild gaming. Probably SWTOR when it releases. I don't have to be able to run it at Ultra, but would like solid performance at a decent framerate.

Thanks!

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August 2, 2011 7:00:19 PM

what country are you from and what resolutions do you play at?
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August 2, 2011 7:07:07 PM

Of the three, the 6850 is the best choice.
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August 2, 2011 7:23:51 PM

I am in the US, and I play at 1920x1080.

Also, I notice this silver piece on the mobo right below the video card. It looks like it might interfere with installing a dual slot card. What is it, and can it safely be removed?


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August 2, 2011 7:36:37 PM

Thank you. Any idea about the ridged silver piece below the stock card?
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August 2, 2011 8:16:02 PM

It's a heatsink. Your card should be fine if you install a dual slot card
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August 2, 2011 8:29:14 PM

jarron_71 said:
I am in the US, and I play at 1920x1080.

Also, I notice this silver piece on the mobo right below the video card. It looks like it might interfere with installing a dual slot card. What is it, and can it safely be removed?

http://i1123.photobucket.com/albums/l541/jarron2/080211151213.jpg



Just a note, and quick help to the OP:

I personally ran a XFX Radeon HD6850 Black Edition for 6 months on a 430watt Coolmax power supply and hit a few BSOD's now and then but system was okay. I was just too broke to get a 500W power suppply at the time. So yes you can run a HD6850 off of a 430w + power supply.

Here is a quick tool to help you gauge how much power is recommended:

http://extreme.outervision.com/psucalculatorlite.jsp

I would recommend atleats a 500W power supply, a good one is the Antec Earthwatts 500W Power Supply seen here on newegg:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If you click the details button it has a 6+2 pin PCIE power connector, perfect for you HD6850.

Good Luck.

And that Silver Piece of metal is a heatsink for one of your chipsets, so don't remove it. Theoretically if you keep your system cool you'd be okay, but the Manufacturer posted a heatsink for a reason.
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