How best to upgrade my Studio XPS' graphics

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.
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  1. does your board support crossfire? because you could just crosssfire that 5770 with a 6770.
  2. Your going to need a psu bigger than the 350w ones they normally fitted with
  3. Yeah, that's what I've heard. And I don't know if my board supports Crossfire; I haven't looked inside yet.
  4. 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?
  5. 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).
  6. 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=N82E16817371048

    and PNY GTX560Ti:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814133384

    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+
  7. ^ 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?
  8. 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=N82E16817139027

    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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