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Upgrading The Graphics Card On Junk Build

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June 6, 2012 10:39:41 PM

I just picked up an old Dell Precision 470 at a yard sale a week ago and I have been planning on upgrading it with my son (his first time ever working inside a computer). Now I have some minor experience and I have done some builds in the past so here is what I've done to it so far... Upgraded the ram to 12Gb, replaced both old hard drives with an 120Gb SSD and a 3Tb Seagate, and now I'm down to the graphics card. My motherboard is a Dell Precision 470 Motherboard C9316 (http://www.ascendtech.us/dell-precision-470-motherboard...) and I was wondering, would it be possible to install a EVGA GeForce GTX 550 Ti (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...) or a card of that caliber on this motherboard? Or would the PCI-E 2.0 to PCI-E 1.1 difference make it impossible?

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June 6, 2012 10:54:35 PM

Yes, it has 1x PCIe 16x slot so you can put that graphics card in. :)  Also, if you are using the 550 Ti for everyday use and very basic gaming, it's fine. But if you/your son is looking into gaming at a decent level or working with graphically intense programs, I would recommend a HD 6870 as it will provide better all round performance. (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...) Also, I would say it is a good upgrade for only an extra $45 or so and would save you the extra money buying a whole new graphics card in the future. But don't get me wrong, the 550Ti will handle most things you throw at it but the 6870 is a good choice for the money. Hope I havn't repeated myself alot, haha.
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June 6, 2012 10:57:11 PM

What PSU do you have - likely need a new one.
-Bruce
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June 6, 2012 11:20:21 PM

Robbaazz said:
Yes, it has 1x PCIe 16x slot so you can put that graphics card in. :)  Also, if you are using the 550 Ti for everyday use and very basic gaming, it's fine. But if you/your son is looking into gaming at a decent level or working with graphically intense programs, I would recommend a HD 6870 as it will provide better all round performance. (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...) Also, I would say it is a good upgrade for only an extra $45 or so and would save you the extra money buying a whole new graphics card in the future. But don't get me wrong, the 550Ti will handle most things you throw at it but the 6870 is a good choice for the money. Hope I havn't repeated myself alot, haha.


Thanks for your help I think I might go with your suggestion because he wants to use this to play Diablo III on medium or higher and other future games until he can afford to build his own full machine...
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June 6, 2012 11:36:28 PM

dish_moose said:
What PSU do you have - likely need a new one.
-Bruce

Yeah on the page for this particular card it says it requires a Minimum of a 400 Watt power supply, so I don't think that will be an issue with my current 550 Watt
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June 7, 2012 9:21:59 PM

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June 7, 2012 9:32:43 PM

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