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What should I upgrade my graphics card to?

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November 23, 2011 12:18:28 AM

So I have a Studio XPS 7100, and I was wondering what I should upgrade my graphics card to, my spending budget is about $250, (doesn't mean I wont go to $260) and I can play games now pretty well at Medium/High, but I would like to play games at as good as I can get them. I play games like Modern Warfare 3 and Skyrim, and the Witcher 2. So I guess you probably want my specs, so here ya go:

~~~+++Computer Specs+++~~~

Manufacturer: Dell Inc.

Processor: AMD Phenom(tm) II X6 1090T Processor (6 CPUs), ~3.2GHz

Memory: 8192MB RAM

Hard Drive: 986 GB

Video Card: ATI Radeon HD 5670

Power Supply: 460W

Monitor: Hanns-G 22" 1980 x 1050

Sound Card: Speakers (Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Audio)

Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit (6.1, Build 7601) Service Pack 1

Motherboard: Dell Inc. 0NWWY0

Computer Case: Dell Studio XPS 7100

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a b U Graphics card
November 23, 2011 12:32:47 AM

As you are using AMD I recommend that you try to find a decent price on a 6950. Best value for what you seek,
November 23, 2011 1:53:13 AM

Do the brands matter for the video card?
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November 23, 2011 2:18:47 AM

HD 6950. Any brand except for XFX. Recommend non-reference dual-fan cooler designs if your case can accomodate the weird airflow. Something like the DCII from ASUS or TwinFrozer from MSI.
November 23, 2011 2:54:59 AM

It looks like I can fit it, I just need to remove either my sound card or my wireless card, and i'm stumped over which one to remove.
a b U Graphics card
November 23, 2011 3:08:14 AM

are you going to be buying a new psu as well ? If not you are looking at a AMD 6850
November 23, 2011 3:28:18 AM

Is my power supply not good enough for a 6950?
November 23, 2011 4:21:03 AM

no you psu is not enough for 6950 you have to buy 550 or 600 watt for this card

November 23, 2011 4:50:09 AM

i have an xfx 1gb and it runs like a charm i would recommend it
November 23, 2011 6:30:51 AM

bcmonks said:
It looks like I can fit it, I just need to remove either my sound card or my wireless card, and i'm stumped over which one to remove.


This is why I have 2 slot cards even tho I would love a 3-slot cooler. Personally, I will go with integrated graphics before giving up my sound card. lol

Take a look and see if you're able to shuffle the cards around to make them all fit. In the case of the video card, if there is a x16 slot in the appropriate place, you can have one slot "hang off" the end of the motherboard, if your case is able to fit it. What mobo and case do you have?

Also, are you able to run a physical line over to your router? You can pick up a 50 foot cat6 ethernet cable for like 16 bucks. That's what I did. Way better performance and one less pci-e card to worry about. Might be something to consider.
November 23, 2011 6:49:40 AM

I'll list my slots I have,

Slot 1 - Sound card, and I believe it's a x8, and the connector is colored black

Slot 2 - Graphics card, X16 and it's black

Slot 3 - Wireless card, X4 I believe, and it's black

Slot 4 - X16, but it's white, and i'm not sure what this means o.o

After Slot 4 is the edge of my case. The motherboard is kind of tightly fit in there. my mobo and case are in my first post too.


And I would just use a huge cable to connect to the router, but the router is on the other side of the house and down a floor :( 

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November 23, 2011 7:10:28 AM
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bcmonks said:
I'll list my slots I have,

Slot 1 - Sound card, and I believe it's a x8, and the connector is colored black

Slot 2 - Graphics card, X16 and it's black

Slot 3 - Wireless card, X4 I believe, and it's black

Slot 4 - X16, but it's white, and i'm not sure what this means o.o

After Slot 4 is the edge of my case. The motherboard is kind of tightly fit in there. my mobo and case are in my first post too.


And I would just use a huge cable to connect to the router, but the router is on the other side of the house and down a floor :( 


Looks like you might have to get rid of the network card or buy a 2 slot video card. You can easily get a usb wireless network adapter like this. If you have a free USB port you don't need, problem solved.

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683...
November 23, 2011 7:16:05 AM

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