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[GPU] I am looking to upgrade

This has been asked a few times on this forum but I currently have a studio xps 9100 that I am looking to upgrade. First off I know the blatantly obvious that some people out there choose not to support Dell. I have never had a problem with them...I hope that the case I have will provide adequate cooling space as well as room for upgrades...I don't know these things. I am looking to upgrade the shady gpu they provided as an upgrade for this system. A few of the specs are:

OS: Windows 7 64 bit
GPU: 1G, ATI RADEON 5670
CPU: Intel Core i7 930 @ 2.8 GHz
Ram: 9 gigs
Display: FLAT PANEL DISPLAY..., 24, ST2420L
Hard Drive, 1TB, S2, 7.2K, Hitachi, JUPITER
PSU: 525W, EXTREME PERFORMANCE SYSTEM ( copied from dell site )

This is the general info I have, if anything else is needed please let me know...I also have an xps 630i computer that has massive amounts of space but is in need of major upgrades...one of my 9800's started showing artifacts...and it's noisy as all hell...OH! My budget is around $500. I'm willing to bend, as it is soon to be tax season!
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  1. Also, I am a gamer. I can play Skyrim on ultra for about 30 minutes, then I run into overheating I'm sure...any kind of info would be helpful...ways to cool more efficiently, gpu's that will follow my chipset/mobo, etc...I realize the mobo info isn't on here I will check it upon request.
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    Are you using a program to see if you are overheating? Msi Afterburner works good.

    Pre-built computers usually don't give much space or have enough power for upgrades so i suggest upgrading those.


    This is a decent case, it only has 1 fan so its best to add 2-3 for best airflow
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146061

    750w power supply
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139021

    AMD 6950 Video Card
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131393&Tpk=powercolor%206950


    unless you have a preference for Nvidia cards then
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130739

    These upgrades are well within your budget.
    Only suggesting single card upgrades because i doubt the dell motherboard has sli/crossfire support but i may be wrong.
  3. leenoshiro said:
    Are you using a program to see if you are overheating? Msi Afterburner works good.

    Pre-built computers usually don't give much space or have enough power for upgrades so i suggest upgrading those.




    Ran afterburner with skyrim on ultra for about 30 minutes. Max GPU temp was 83, usage was 99% after 10 minutes and stayed that way. Fan speed only kicked up to 50%.

    That case you mentioned doesn't have usb ports in the front, and is smaller than the one I'm currently using...

    Mine:
    Height 19.40"
    Wide 7.79"
    Depth 20.78

    vs.

    20.00" x 7.48" x 17.68"

    Thanks for the time spent looking all of this up though!
  4. Your gpu temps are fine.

    run prime95 to check your cpu temps unless your already know your max cpu temp.

    download hwmonitor to monitor your component temps.

    in terms of components, you may need to purchase additional case cooling or a better exhaust fan (I assume your case only has one fan, but do not know). Coolermaster sickleflow is a good affordable fan.

    for your gpu either a gtx 560 ti or a hd 6950 would be a good upgrade.

    You also should opt for a better psu one from antec, seasonic, or corsair.
  5. thesnappyfingers said:
    Your gpu temps are fine.

    run prime95 to check your cpu temps unless your already know your max cpu temp.

    download hwmonitor to monitor your component temps.

    in terms of components, you may need to purchase additional case cooling or a better exhaust fan (I assume your case only has one fan, but do not know). Coolermaster sickleflow is a good affordable fan.

    for your gpu either a gtx 560 ti or a hd 6950 would be a good upgrade.

    You also should opt for a better psu one from antec, seasonic, or corsair.


    I'll check into all that...as for PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Store/Category.aspx?Category=32&name=Power-Supplies

    I'm looking for gear that will extend the life of this computer for 3 years.
  6. CPU temps ran normal, no warnings or threats.

    I have 2 internal fans one front and one back, and a large cylindrical fan for the CPU that shoots out the side....airflow should be ok?

    my MOBO is a 5dn3x a00, only one slot for graphics...sigh. current PSU is 525w...
  7. switch0 said:
    CPU temps ran normal, no warnings or threats.

    I have 2 internal fans one front and one back, and a large cylindrical fan for the CPU that shoots out the side....airflow should be ok?

    my MOBO is a 5dn3x a00, only one slot for graphics...sigh. current PSU is 525w...



    the over all physical size of your case does not effect temps. Its about the airflow, Dust and constrained airflow around the case will cause less cool airflow.

    3 fans is not great airflow.. my case has 8 fans with room for 2 more here is my case. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146067


    To see if it really is airflow issues..

    leave case door off and set a box fan next to it with it on high, if it still crashes then its not a overheating issue..


    DO NOT RUN YOUR COMPUTER ALL THE TIME WITH A BOX FAN. (that will result in tons of dust, which could kill components after a while.)
  8. Listed that case because its a cheap case that would support long video cards, almost 12 inches of clearance. It does have usb 2.0 ports on the front, its in the middle. And the Dell 9100 doesn't seem to have slots to add more fans, at least in the pics i see on google. Since your case doesn't seem to have much airflow it would be prudent to add a newer video card in there. Most video cards are designed to blow hot air inside the case, not exhaust out the back.
  9. Grabbing yourself a 560ti or 6950 would be a nice upgrade and should work fine with your psu, if you are concerned about heat , EVGA cards exhaust the heat out of the back of the pc. You can also tweak the fan speed with EVGA precision or MSI afterburner to run cool and quiet to your liking.
  10. monsta said:
    Grabbing yourself a 560ti or 6950 would be a nice upgrade and should work fine with your psu, if you are concerned about heat , EVGA cards exhaust the heat out of the back of the pc. You can also tweak the fan speed with EVGA precision or MSI afterburner to run cool and quiet to your liking.


    560ti looks great, hows the noise? SLI 9800 gt's were screaming in my ear for 4 years I don't want another nVidia banshee...Also, this goes out to everyone, what MOBO upgrade should I be looking at in the next few years?
  11. If you have $500 you can get a very nice 6970 or 570 and a psu upgrade.

    most single cards are pretty quiet and should be a lot quieter than the 9800x2.
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