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February 1, 2012 5:26:28 PM

Hello,

I am looking to upgrade my Dell XPS 730x for gaming and entertainment purposes. The system specs are as follows:

- XPS 730X, Intel Core3 I7-940 (2.93GHz, 8MB cache)
- 6GB Multi-Channel DDR3 at 1066MHZ (3x2GB DIMM)
- CrossFireX, Dual ATI Radeon HD4850 512MB
- 500GB - SATA-II, 3GB/S 7200RPM, 16MB Cache
- Dell 19 in 1 Media Reader withBluetooth 2.0
- Microsoft Windows Vista SP1 64-bit Home Premium (English)
- 16x CD/DVD Burner (DVD+/-RW) w/double layer write capability
- Soundblaster X-Fi Xtreme GamerPCIe
- Copper base Heat Sink with aluminum fins

I assume that the easiest thing would be to replace the video card, but I am unsure if the motherboard would support any of the new Directx 11 compatible video cards. Please let me know what your thoughts are in terms of possible upgrades. I looking to spend no more than $750.

Thanks in advance,

Az

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February 1, 2012 5:46:11 PM

your motherboard should have no problem with new cards as pci express slot is backward compatible so even if you buy pci express 2.1 or 3.0 cards it will still work. You won't even get a bottleneck because the cards still cannot saturate pci express 2.0 x8 so its no problem at all.

If you are looking to spend $750 you can either buy a 7970 which is the most powerful single card out right now or you can get 2 lesser cards like the 6970 or 570. Generally single cards offer less performance but run using less power and less heat as well as having better driver support and less headaches.
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February 1, 2012 6:32:44 PM

Thanks for the info, Esrever.

I am leaning towards purchasing a 6900 or 7000 series since I have the system hooked up to a TV screen (native resolution 1,920 x 1,080/ HD resolution 1080p).

My follow-up question is whether the motherboard would support a 6900 series crossfire configuration (I assume it should since it has 2x4850 in crossfire video cards) or should I stick to a single video card?
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February 1, 2012 7:18:48 PM

azopec said:
My follow-up question is whether the motherboard would support a 6900 series crossfire configuration (I assume it should since it has 2x4850 in crossfire video cards) or should I stick to a single video card?


Yes. Your motherboard uses the X58 chipset (32pci lanes native). It already has Crossfired 4850s so it can support crossfire.

As far as getting an XFire/SLI based system vs. a single card: That is an ongoing debate. Since you are already used to XFire then it shouldn't be a problem for you.

2 x 6950 2gb is an affordable and very powerful setup and easily fits in your price range. 2 x 560ti is also very nice. Of course you can spend more on the 6970 or 570 or 580.

Alternatively you could buy a single 7950 3gb for $450. They are very powerful and will XFire very well if you want to add another for more performance in the future. But the above mentioned XFire/SLI combos will perform better than a single 7950.

Your platform (your motherboard, CPU and RAM) will be great for gaming for a while so don't worry too much about them during this upgrade.

If you choose the XFire/SLI route figure out what your PSU is so you can make sure it has enough juice to power 2 of those beefy cards. The 4850s you are replacing have lesser power requirements.
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February 1, 2012 8:16:53 PM

Thanks Larkspur. Your point on PSU - which I didn't think of - made me realize that I should, perhaps, also keep the heat issue in mind.

Thanks again,

Az
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February 1, 2012 8:38:01 PM

Get a single 7970 now, add another one later, game, be happy.
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