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Dell Studio XPS 8100 GPU upgrade

Last response: in Components
September 23, 2012 1:10:30 PM

I'm looking to upgrade my graphics card
Something within the budget of a GTX 560 (or it's AMD counterpart),
but with regards to the GPUs that have been out this year because I hardly have a clue what would give more bang for my buck

Are there any significant differences between old and new cards that I should take into consideration?

I'm running a Dell XPS 8100 with the following
Intel Core i7 Processor 860 (2.80GHz, 8MB)
16 (2x8) GB DDR3 RAM
Windows® 7 Home Premium 64-Bit
1GB Nvidia GeForce GTS 240
Coolermaster GX 750W (Upgraded in anticipation for a change in GPU or for another system)

It's a mid tower ATX so most cards should fit I suppose
Thanks guys! :) 

Oh oh oh, and another change I was considering for the future was putting in an SSD for an OS to complement my existing 1TB HDD. Some information on that would be helpful if possible!

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a b ) Power supply
September 23, 2012 6:50:41 PM

You can get a radeon hd7850 or a gtx 660. Those are the new cards that hit the sweet spot for price/performance at the current desired resolution of 1080p .
a b ) Power supply
September 23, 2012 8:13:18 PM

The 6000 series has a 40 nm architecture and the 7000 series has a 28 nm architecture.

What that means to you is that it uses a lot less power and has reasonably better performance doing the exact same thing when moving to the same card in the newer generation.

I would go for a 7850 over a 6850 or a 660 over a 560, for that reason.