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October 22, 2011 3:27:30 PM

Hey Guys,

I've got a 2ish year old Dell XPS 730x. Here is the stock system it came with:

MB: MSI OEM Board Model MS7543 Ver 1.0 (no aftermarket version with 3 dimms I can find thats similar)
CPU: Core i7 950 @3.07GHZ (8 cpu)
GPU: Nvidia GTX 285
RAM: 6 GB DDR3 Ram
Power: 1000w PSU (Dell H1000E-01)
Sound: Onboard optical + SoundBlaster Xfi Titanium
OS: Windows Vista (yuck)


So far here's what I've upgraded:


GPU: GTX 285 => GTX 570 (2.5gb)
RAM: 6GB => 12GB Corsair Dominator GT
OS: Vista => Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit

I've been considering getting a second GTX 570 for 3D Surround (would require purchasing a third monitor as well). My question for the community is what is my weakest link in this system? What should be my next upgrade?

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October 22, 2011 3:31:22 PM

Are you running a 64bit O/s?
if so I'd say the only 'weak' point is the generic Psu
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October 22, 2011 3:38:09 PM

Motopsychojdn said:
Are you running a 64bit O/s?
if so I'd say the only 'weak' point is the generic Psu
Moto


Good point. I am running 64 bit Win7 Pro (OP updated).

As far as the power supply is concerned, I was surprised when I learned my Dell PSU is actually 80Plus certified. I wonder if I'd notice switching to a Corsair 1200 or something similar. I really don't know what makes a "good" PSU beyond the 80Plus and similar certifications.
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October 22, 2011 3:54:06 PM

dont bother with the ram 6gb is enough atm
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October 22, 2011 4:57:39 PM

Heres a sticky from one of the forums that may help,
http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/314712-10-please-re...
I'd believe the dell unit is 80+ but what are the amps like on it?
thats the main consideration most people should look at, but overlook as Watts are the advertised 'measure',
use johnny guru and other hardware review sites to check out prospective units
And @Welshcake, Op has already upgraded to 12Gb along with the card,
not sure if he's just gaming or what, but its already bought :) 
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October 22, 2011 5:11:05 PM

Well the weakest link is still going to be the GFX even with the upgrade. So yes, for 3D surround you will see an improvement from adding a second GPU.
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October 22, 2011 5:11:49 PM

The CPU would benefit from an overclock as well, of course.
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October 22, 2011 5:15:04 PM

Motopsychojdn said:
Heres a sticky from one of the forums that may help,
http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/314712-10-please-re...
I'd believe the dell unit is 80+ but what are the amps like on it?


Thanks for the useful link. As far as the amperage of my PSU, it looks like my 5 12V sources are 18A, my 5V source is 32A and my 3.3V is 30A.

I guess this means I have 5x18=90A total for everything in my rig?

What would the 5V and 3.3V power?


FinneousPJ said:
The CPU would benefit from an overclock as well, of course.


Thats a good point. I've been considering this, however since I'm air cooled at the moment, and have never overclocked before, I'd need more information as to how far I can/should go.
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