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Adding some goodies to my XPS 630i... question...

Last response: in Systems
November 10, 2011 11:12:22 PM

Hi all. It's come that time to upgrade my desktop. I have an XPS 630i that has served me well, but it's about time to upgrade. Here's the list goodies I'm considering:

1) EVGA 01G-P3-1561-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti FPB (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support FPB Video... $230
2) CORSAIR Professional Series HX850 (CMPSU-850HX) 850W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC... $150
3) G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL... $45 x2
4) ASRock P67 EXTREME4 GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard... $170
5) Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000... $215
6) CORSAIR CAFA70 120mm Dual-Fan CPU Cooler... $40
7) ARCTIC COOLING Arctic Cooling MX-4 AC-MX4 4 gram (g) All-Around Thermal Compound... $13

Question... is the 850W psu enough if I want to upgrade to a GTX 580 and maybe even run 580s in SLI at some point in the future? I can get the Corsair Prof series in 1000W for $50 more I believe.

All said and done, this will cost about $1000, but should last several years. I'm going to use the XPS case, drives, etc. Probably use the existing CPU fan as a rear exhaust fan too.
November 10, 2011 11:31:52 PM

The 850W would be enough for any single GPU solution - but for SLI 580s, you might want to spring for the 1000W.

Silly question, but is the XPS case fully standard in terms of mounts? I know most OEM cases I've seen didn't like to play with standard mobos and PSUs (even if it was something small like a weird set up hookups to the front switch). If you're spending $1000, why not spend a bit more on a new case that will be much cleaner/easier/etc. Then you can sell the XPS to offset some of the cost :)