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August 13, 2013 7:09:16 PM

Sorry if this has been asked before but what are the upgrade options for this machine Id like a better Video card and a sound card. trying to get a correct answer out of Dell is next to impossible :( 
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August 13, 2013 8:41:24 PM

You can add pretty much any video card (expect the high-end ones, which are too big for your PC case) or sound card on it.
August 13, 2013 9:03:07 PM

Seladon said:
You can add pretty much any video card (expect the high-end ones, which are too big for your PC case) or sound card on it.



was worried about the PS being only rated for 460W none of the suggested graphic cards Dell endorses seem to be very good. Was wondering if I needed to upgrade the PS and if so with what? a 660ti? or to put it another way Id like a solid card for about $200~300.00

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August 13, 2013 9:04:47 PM

Yes you will need a new power supply. But first of all, what will you be using this for ? If it's for gaming, which games ?
August 13, 2013 11:00:03 PM

Mostly WOW but I do like Bioshock infinte im a gamer I use a single 21 inch monitor though 1680X 1050

was thinking the GTX 660 ti might be the best i can do without a new PSU but im not sure if it would be required or not, neither am I sure there isnt a better card for about the same cost that works with a 460WPSU

thanks in advance

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August 14, 2013 8:14:46 AM
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I would rather get the GTX 760, with this model : http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00DHW4HXY/ref=redir_mdp_....
For the power supply, I recommend you changing to this one : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168....
November 23, 2013 5:54:48 PM

danegeld said:
Mostly WOW but I do like Bioshock infinte im a gamer I use a single 21 inch monitor though 1680X 1050

was thinking the GTX 660 ti might be the best i can do without a new PSU but im not sure if it would be required or not, neither am I sure there isnt a better card for about the same cost that works with a 460WPSU

thanks in advance


The GTX 660 TI is a good card and it should work with that power supply.

January 6, 2014 8:29:24 PM

I upgraded to an Nvidia 660 OC 2GB, but Bioshock infinite worked fine with old 645 OEM card, and I really can't tell the difference.
I had to disable Secure boot in the BIOS to get my computer to boot up with the 660.
My power supply is at it's limits now, and I ordered a 700 watt supply, because I want to put in a second 1 Tb HD, and a 240 Gb SSD.
I don't know a lot about the 660 TI, but you can get a remanufactured 660 OC 2 GB for around $160, and probably not that much difference.
A 660 TI is probably going to cost around $240, and you don't need it for Bioshock infinite, the 645 works fine.
If your computer has the 635 GPU, I can send you my old 645, you only pay shipping, probably cost you around $8-10.
You really don't need to go nuts on a GPU to play Bioshock infinite, and you definitely don't need a 770 or 780.
Just post here if you have the 635, if you have the 645 you are in good shape.


January 14, 2014 10:20:47 AM

Rosspest said:
I upgraded to an Nvidia 660 OC 2GB, but Bioshock infinite worked fine with old 645 OEM card, and I really can't tell the difference.
I had to disable Secure boot in the BIOS to get my computer to boot up with the 660.
My power supply is at it's limits now, and I ordered a 700 watt supply, because I want to put in a second 1 Tb HD, and a 240 Gb SSD.
I don't know a lot about the 660 TI, but you can get a remanufactured 660 OC 2 GB for around $160, and probably not that much difference.
A 660 TI is probably going to cost around $240, and you don't need it for Bioshock infinite, the 645 works fine.
If your computer has the 635 GPU, I can send you my old 645, you only pay shipping, probably cost you around $8-10.
You really don't need to go nuts on a GPU to play Bioshock infinite, and you definitely don't need a 770 or 780.
Just post here if you have the 635, if you have the 645 you are in good shape.




I just ordered a new Dell XPS 8700 from a sale for their signature event. It has the 635. If you don't mind, I would love taking the 645 off your hands.
February 10, 2014 4:52:41 AM

Do you really need to upgrade the power supply to add two new drives? I have a Dell 8700 with 1 SDD, 1 SSDHybrid, and 1 HDD. It has the 645 OEM card but I wanted to upgrade too, to the 660 2gb or 3 gb......

April 3, 2014 9:48:16 PM

Rosspest said:
I upgraded to an Nvidia 660 OC 2GB, but Bioshock infinite worked fine with old 645 OEM card, and I really can't tell the difference.
I had to disable Secure boot in the BIOS to get my computer to boot up with the 660.
My power supply is at it's limits now, and I ordered a 700 watt supply, because I want to put in a second 1 Tb HD, and a 240 Gb SSD.
I don't know a lot about the 660 TI, but you can get a remanufactured 660 OC 2 GB for around $160, and probably not that much difference.
A 660 TI is probably going to cost around $240, and you don't need it for Bioshock infinite, the 645 works fine.
If your computer has the 635 GPU, I can send you my old 645, you only pay shipping, probably cost you around $8-10.
You really don't need to go nuts on a GPU to play Bioshock infinite, and you definitely don't need a 770 or 780.
Just post here if you have the 635, if you have the 645 you are in good shape.




I have the 635 in my new xps 8700. If you could part with your 645 i would gladly take it off your hands. Please let me know if you would send it?

April 4, 2014 2:05:12 AM

Seladon said:
Yes you will need a new power supply. But first of all, what will you be using this for ? If it's for gaming, which games ?


If you have not upgrade....try the new 750ti no need to upgrade the power supply. I can play Bioshock on ultra with it.
April 14, 2014 8:09:19 PM

Depending on the GPU upgraded to, one may or may not have to upgrade the PSU. My XPS 8700 shipped with the AMD (OEM) Radeon HD 7570, had no issues upgrading to the MSI R7770 for $110.

Graphics score (both) jumped from 6.9 to 7.4 & it's the lowest rated component on the system.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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