Hi group. I've just bought an XPS 8500, mostly for audio/music (it runs VERY quiet) but some gaming (CS:GO, Crysis 2, just got Dishonored). The machine is Core i7 with 24GB RAM and an SSD. It came with a stock Radeon 7570 but all together the system hasn't given me the leap in performance I was expecting, gaming-wise.
Can anyone recommend a sensible graphics upgrade? It doesn't need to have massive top-end gaming performance but I suspect I can get a decent improvement without breaking the bank. A web search suggested a 6870, or is that too old now? A quiet card (not passive/silent) would be preferred given the machine's primary use.
The XPS is not a huge case so I may have to measure the card first, or perhaps you can recommend a more compact card. I understand two PSU connections may be needed.
Many thanks for any suggestions.
Paul, Worthing UK.
To double check the power draw of a video card google the card chip and TDP. For example the HD6870 has a DP of 151W. The HD7850 has a TDP of 130W. You could overclock the snot out of either card and still be inside your power budget (and therefore not need to swap in a new power supply).
Hi again, pleased to say I spent much of the weekend playing Crysis 2 on Very High settings and it looks great! Installation was a breeze, card is smaller (and quieter) than I was expecting and the Dell had the right power lead for the card already in place, so no issues. Thanks tsnor for your advice, much appreciated!