Upgrading Video Card

Hi,

I am looking to upgrade my video card and I need some help. I have a Dell XPS 8300, Intel i7-2600 CPU , 8GB RAM, and the stock 460W Dell power supply. My budget is about $250. The current card installed is an NVIDIA GTX 550ti I am considering the following cards;

VisionTek 900568 Radeon HD 7850
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814129266&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&AID=10446076&PID=4003003&SID=nj9gbeqnxbmj

GIGABYTE GV-R787OC-2GD Radeon HD 7870
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125418

My question is, are these cards a significant improvement over my current hardware? Also will I need to upgrade my power supply to install either card? Any info or advice would be greatly appreciated.

Thank You
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  1. k772 said:
    Hi,

    I am looking to upgrade my video card and I need some help. I have a Dell XPS 8300, Intel i7-2600 CPU , 8GB RAM, and the stock 460W Dell power supply. My budget is about $250. The current card installed is an NVIDIA GTX 550ti I am considering the following cards;

    VisionTek 900568 Radeon HD 7850
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814129266&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&AID=10446076&PID=4003003&SID=nj9gbeqnxbmj

    GIGABYTE GV-R787OC-2GD Radeon HD 7870
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125418

    My question is, are these cards a significant improvement over my current hardware? Also will I need to upgrade my power supply to install either card? Any info or advice would be greatly appreciated.

    Thank You


    They are 4+ tiers above your card on toms hierarchy chart found here: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-card-review,3107-7.html

    I would honestly replace that PSU as its most likely garbage, although they cards don't require a high wattage PSU, a good antec 450 should do you fine.

    Currently the 7870 is arguably the best price/performance card out right now.
  2. Go for 2nd one.your system is perfect for hd 7850.you will notice a big performance difference.
  3. Dude get new psu.get atleast corsair,antec,seasonic 600w psu which may help you in future for more upgrades. So get hd 7850 + good 600w psu.
  4. Thanks for the info, I am willing to spend extra to get the 7870 and a new power supply would the extra performance be worth it or should I stick to the 7850?

    Thanks again.
  5. Did you end up getting the 7850? I have a Dell XPS 8300 and can't get mine to work. I thought it was the card so returned it but the same thing is happening with the new one. I doubt that I have received two dead cards so there seems to be a compatibility issue, but I'm yet to work out if that's the case.

    I'd love to know if you had success with a 7850 in a Dell XPS 8300?
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