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How best to upgrade my Studio XPS' graphics

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August 6, 2011 11:56:31 AM

I'm currently trying to choose a video card in order to future-proof my system. I have a Dell Studio XPS 8100 with an Intel Core i7-870, ATi Radeon HD 5770, 8 GB of RAM, and stock power supply. I'm looking at something in the GTX 500 series (570 or 580, if I can), but I'd like some recommendations as to what I can do.
a b U Graphics card
August 6, 2011 1:19:03 PM

does your board support crossfire? because you could just crosssfire that 5770 with a 6770.
a b U Graphics card
August 6, 2011 2:02:18 PM

Your going to need a psu bigger than the 350w ones they normally fitted with
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August 6, 2011 2:14:39 PM

Yeah, that's what I've heard. And I don't know if my board supports Crossfire; I haven't looked inside yet.
a b U Graphics card
August 6, 2011 2:15:33 PM

some guy said:
Yeah, that's what I've heard. And I don't know if my board supports Crossfire; I haven't looked inside yet.


does the board have a secondary PCI-E slot? (x16)? but i doubt it'll be certified. Also whats your budget, what resolution do you play at?and what games do you play/plan on playing?
August 6, 2011 3:18:50 PM

My monitor is 1680X1050, and I plan on playing some pretty intensive games (Battlefield 3 chief among them, but I might pick up Crysis, as well).
a b U Graphics card
August 6, 2011 4:04:51 PM

not sure what your budget is, but this is what i would reccommend:

an Antec high current 620W PSU:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

and PNY GTX560Ti:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

total $248 after rebates and free shipping. This should be able to handle BF3 at 1050 at max settings at about 60FPS+ (it can do 100FPS+ on BF2 @1050) and it can do crysis warhead @1050 max settings with AA at 30FPS+
August 6, 2011 4:26:53 PM

^ That sounds good, but I could buy a 500W power supply and still be able to power the card, right? Or does a higher amount of power up the performance?
a b U Graphics card
August 6, 2011 4:47:57 PM

currently that 620W after rebates is cheaper than most other 500W/600W PSUs out there, but there is this CX500 too which is $40 after rebates:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

but that 620W Antec is more efficient, has more amps, can support SLI/Crossfire, has a larger fan (better cooling for your system), it has a 1 year longer warranty and it has 1 more sata power connector nad two more molex connectors (if that matters :p )
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