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hsamuel82
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GPU Upgrade Options for X51R2

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Here's my current setup:

System Model: Alienware X51 R2
BIOS: A07
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-4790K CPU @ 4.00GHz (8 CPUs), ~4.0GHz
Card name: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960
Manufacturer: NVIDIA
Chip type: GeForce GTX 960

The 330 Watt power supply came with my computer. Are there any options for a GPU upgrade? I am trying to cross that GTX 970 threshold so that I can use an Oculus Rift with this computer.

Thank you!

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Game7a1
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RE: GPU Upgrade Options for X51R2

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The GTX 970 will work, and to be honest, that would be the best  option without having to do any modifications.

Currently owned computers:
AW13 R2 | i7-6500U | GTX 960m 4 GB + GA (R9 285 2 GB / RX 480 8 GB) | 16 GB 1600 MHz | 1800p Touchscreen | 2 x 500 GB SATA M.2 | Graphics Amplifier Performance Analysis with 13 R1
Desktop | i7-3770 | GTX 980 4 GB | 16 GB 1600 MHz | 120 GB mSATA + 960 GB SSD + 2 TB HDD | 600w PSU
Formerly owned computers:
HP Pavilion 15-n280us (given away) | Apple Mac Mini 2012 (sold)  | m15x (damaged mobo) | 13 R1 (death by unknown) | m14xR2 (Tradied In)

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Game7a1
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RE: GPU Upgrade Options for X51R2

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Get a blower type GPU (fan on end of GPU). PNY, EVGA, ASUS, and Gigabyte sell blower type GPUs that will fit without modifications.

Currently owned computers:
AW13 R2 | i7-6500U | GTX 960m 4 GB + GA (R9 285 2 GB / RX 480 8 GB) | 16 GB 1600 MHz | 1800p Touchscreen | 2 x 500 GB SATA M.2 | Graphics Amplifier Performance Analysis with 13 R1
Desktop | i7-3770 | GTX 980 4 GB | 16 GB 1600 MHz | 120 GB mSATA + 960 GB SSD + 2 TB HDD | 600w PSU
Formerly owned computers:
HP Pavilion 15-n280us (given away) | Apple Mac Mini 2012 (sold)  | m15x (damaged mobo) | 13 R1 (death by unknown) | m14xR2 (Tradied In)

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Game7a1
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RE: GPU Upgrade Options for X51R2

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The GTX 970 will work, and to be honest, that would be the best  option without having to do any modifications.

Currently owned computers:
AW13 R2 | i7-6500U | GTX 960m 4 GB + GA (R9 285 2 GB / RX 480 8 GB) | 16 GB 1600 MHz | 1800p Touchscreen | 2 x 500 GB SATA M.2 | Graphics Amplifier Performance Analysis with 13 R1
Desktop | i7-3770 | GTX 980 4 GB | 16 GB 1600 MHz | 120 GB mSATA + 960 GB SSD + 2 TB HDD | 600w PSU
Formerly owned computers:
HP Pavilion 15-n280us (given away) | Apple Mac Mini 2012 (sold)  | m15x (damaged mobo) | 13 R1 (death by unknown) | m14xR2 (Tradied In)

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hsamuel82
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RE: GPU Upgrade Options for X51R2

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Thank you the biggest reason I've been so unsure is because of the power draw from the i7. Dell would really benefit from providing a more stout power supply with the X51's.

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Mrminnesota
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RE: GPU Upgrade Options for X51R2

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I have the same configuration of x51. If I were to upgrade to the 970, is there a certain manufacturer or type I should buy? I love playing games, but I don't know a lot about upgrading. My warranty is about to expire as well. I suppose extending it wold be pointless since modifying my pc would void it, correct?

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Game7a1
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RE: GPU Upgrade Options for X51R2

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Get a blower type GPU (fan on end of GPU). PNY, EVGA, ASUS, and Gigabyte sell blower type GPUs that will fit without modifications.

Currently owned computers:
AW13 R2 | i7-6500U | GTX 960m 4 GB + GA (R9 285 2 GB / RX 480 8 GB) | 16 GB 1600 MHz | 1800p Touchscreen | 2 x 500 GB SATA M.2 | Graphics Amplifier Performance Analysis with 13 R1
Desktop | i7-3770 | GTX 980 4 GB | 16 GB 1600 MHz | 120 GB mSATA + 960 GB SSD + 2 TB HDD | 600w PSU
Formerly owned computers:
HP Pavilion 15-n280us (given away) | Apple Mac Mini 2012 (sold)  | m15x (damaged mobo) | 13 R1 (death by unknown) | m14xR2 (Tradied In)

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Mrminnesota
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RE: GPU Upgrade Options for X51R2

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I just wanted to check again about upgrading my gtx 960 to a gtx 970. Would this card work:

I was a little concerned when I first got my x51 because the suggested power supply for the 960 is 400w, but it has worked fine. I just don't want to buy the wrong card and have some kind of malfunction in my pc that causes damage. Thanks for your help and patience.

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Game7a1
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RE: GPU Upgrade Options for X51R2

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That GPU should work fine.

The suggested PSU takes more into account than your standard PC fare (such has higher power consuming CPUs and components). It could be considered an overestimation, but it's there so you have a safety net, so to speak.

Currently owned computers:
AW13 R2 | i7-6500U | GTX 960m 4 GB + GA (R9 285 2 GB / RX 480 8 GB) | 16 GB 1600 MHz | 1800p Touchscreen | 2 x 500 GB SATA M.2 | Graphics Amplifier Performance Analysis with 13 R1
Desktop | i7-3770 | GTX 980 4 GB | 16 GB 1600 MHz | 120 GB mSATA + 960 GB SSD + 2 TB HDD | 600w PSU
Formerly owned computers:
HP Pavilion 15-n280us (given away) | Apple Mac Mini 2012 (sold)  | m15x (damaged mobo) | 13 R1 (death by unknown) | m14xR2 (Tradied In)

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Mrminnesota
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RE: GPU Upgrade Options for X51R2

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I installed the card that I linked to earlier in the thread, but now I get a black screen when I try to play a game. Any ideas on what's wrong and how to fix it?

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Game7a1
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RE: GPU Upgrade Options for X51R2

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I would try uninstalling and reinstalling the Nvidia drivers. Use DDU to uninstall the drivers.

Currently owned computers:
AW13 R2 | i7-6500U | GTX 960m 4 GB + GA (R9 285 2 GB / RX 480 8 GB) | 16 GB 1600 MHz | 1800p Touchscreen | 2 x 500 GB SATA M.2 | Graphics Amplifier Performance Analysis with 13 R1
Desktop | i7-3770 | GTX 980 4 GB | 16 GB 1600 MHz | 120 GB mSATA + 960 GB SSD + 2 TB HDD | 600w PSU
Formerly owned computers:
HP Pavilion 15-n280us (given away) | Apple Mac Mini 2012 (sold)  | m15x (damaged mobo) | 13 R1 (death by unknown) | m14xR2 (Tradied In)

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Mrminnesota
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RE: GPU Upgrade Options for X51R2

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I won't list everything that went wrong, but it was a nightmare. I am back to my 960 card. I am not sure if I'll be able to get my money back, but it seems like I lack the knowledge and skill to do it. I guess I'll have to be happy with what I have. Smiley Sad

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