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I just bought a dell xps 8500, the specs are

CPU: i5-3450 (Ivy Bridge)
RAM: 8gb 1600mhz
PSU: 450 Watt
GPU: Radeon HD 7570
Hard Drive: 1 TB 7200 Rpm

My dilemma is that I want to upgrade the graphics card, but I'm not sure what kind of card my power supply can handle. I was thinking of the Radeon HD 7850 2gb. Its about 200 bucks and it looks like it will suit my needs. I got the dell on sale for 700, I figured if I got a new graphics card for a few hundred bucks, then it would be a sweet gaming rig for under a 1000 dollars.

Any tips on what I should do to make this thing a beast? My funds aren't really restricted, I gain about 200 dollars a month, and this is my main project at the moment.
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  1. A 7850 will do you great :)
  2. The thing I'm worried about is that the minimum powere supply requirement for the 7850 is 500 watt. I only have 450.
  3. NO DON'T GET THE 7850
    if that's a DELL then it is not putting out 450w of power
    more like 400w because DELL uses the cheapest psu's that they can find

    I REPEAT DON'T GET THE 7850
  4. devilofdeaths said:
    NO DON'T GET THE 7850

    I REPEAT DON'T GET THE 7850


    Any suggestion to back that up? For $200, 7850 is the way to go, better than 560 Ti.
  5. acerace said:
    Any suggestion to back that up? For $200, 7850 is the way to go, better than 560 Ti.

    yes actually and everyone knows that DELL uses crap power supplies the don't put out as much power as they say they do and i like how you only read the part that i capitalised and not the explaining part
  6. QUICK ANSWER:
    - If they FIT, then the Sapphire Tech HD7850 and Seasonic PSU I link might be good choices.

    LONG ANSWER:

    POWER SUPPLIES:
    When it comes to GRAPHICS CARDS, you need to ensure that the power on the +12V rail of the PSU is sufficient. It may or may not be.

    *AGAIN, IT IS POSSIBLE THAT THE 450W PSU YOU HAVE WILL WORK WITH AN HD7850.

    My advice is go to NCIX and look for a sale on a 550W to 650W Antec of other quality PSU for as little as $45.

    Graphics card links (examples):
    *WARNING* some of the HD7850's are 1GB. Get a 2GB card.
    http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=72478&vpn=R7850%20PE2GD5%2FOC&manufacture=MSI/MicroStar&promoid=1061

    http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=69829&vpn=FX787ACDFC&manufacture=XFX&promoid=1061

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102999

    POWER SUPPLIES:
    http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=35456&vpn=OCZ700MXSP&manufacture=OCZ%20Technology

    SUMMARY:
    - HD7850 might work with that 450W
    - some HD7850's are only 1GB. Get the 2GB cards.
    - recommend quality 550W or higher
    - look for SALES at NCIX/Newegg etc.
    - MEASURE inside your computer
  7. devilofdeaths said:
    yes actually and everyone knows that DELL uses crap power supplies the don't put out as much power as they say they do and i like how you only read the part that i capitalised and not the explaining part


    Oh I must've miss the statement. And I think I'm misunderstood your statement, foolishly think that you meant 7850 isn't good. I'm sorry. :kaola:
  8. I don't know the first thing about replacing a whole power supply, I do have a computer store that can install components for me. Would that be a good option?
  9. Slizzard_73 said:
    I don't know the first thing about replacing a whole power supply, I do have a computer store that can install components for me. Would that be a good option?


    Hi Slizzard - Replacing PSU is easy. I'm a total novice and I replaced mine 3 weeks ago. There are tutorials online (just google it),
    I printed one of em out, ordered a new PSU n did it with no anguish at all.

    If you plan on repl PSU with ur HD7850, consider this one as well as the others mentioned above.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139028

    Good luck

    Tom
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