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Dell XPS Studio 8100 upgrade

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June 7, 2012 11:55:24 PM

Hi guys,

I read a similar thread but the guy didn't have the same processor or as much memory. I was wondering is someone could tell me what is the "best" compatible graphics card I could run with my current setup. Thanks!

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a b U Graphics card
June 8, 2012 12:00:26 AM

Anything you want, pretty much, although, with a 350W PSU, you'll almost definitely need a PSU upgrade as well. Very few decent cards will reliably work with that PSU.
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June 8, 2012 2:05:00 AM

DJDeCiBeL said:
Anything you want, pretty much, although, with a 350W PSU, you'll almost definitely need a PSU upgrade as well. Very few decent cards will reliably work with that PSU.


The other thread I read said that the Dell PSU's we underrated that they were really closer to 400 - 450W. Any thruth to that?

Here's the thread:
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/300693-33-dell-studio...
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a b U Graphics card
June 8, 2012 2:11:07 AM

Dell does seem to use good psus. Don't go crazy, but try a decent card and only upgrade the psu if you have problems.
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June 8, 2012 2:21:06 AM

JcJamez said:
The other thread I read said that the Dell PSU's we underrated that they were really closer to 400 - 450W. Any thruth to that?

Here's the thread:
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/300693-33-dell-studio...


Whether that's true or not, I personally wouldn't push it. A mid range GPU might run with that PSU, but "reliably"? That's another issue altogether. A GOOD 500-550W unit can run almost any single card setup though, even though I ALWAYS err on the side of caution and recommend a bit more than needed.

A GTX 550 Ti or Radeon 6770 is the furthest I'd push it with that PSU. I don't even feel safe recommending those, but just saying that those are the highest I would go with that PSU.

If you want to go better than that, I can only safely recommend a PSU upgrade to go with it.
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June 8, 2012 4:57:14 AM

It really depends on how much you want to spend. If your budget is below $150, then I'd suggest getting HD 7750. However, if it's $250+, get a new power supply along with a powerful card.
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June 8, 2012 5:08:48 AM

i have a 6770 in a dell with a 350w power supply, works great.
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June 15, 2012 12:11:41 AM

Thanks for all the replies. Is there a decent power supply you recommend that doesn't break the bank?
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