ADoSAttack
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GPU Upgrade?

Hello, I have a Alienware Aurora (R4) which I purchased in 2013. The specifications are:

- Intel Core i7 3930K @ 3.20GHz (CPU)

- 16.0GB DDR3 (RAM)

- Alienware 07JNH0 (Motherboard)

- AMD 7950 w/3gb (GPU)

- 875W Power Supply (PSU)

I want to know what is the highest GPU I can upgrade to because I'm planning on upgrading. I want another AMD card because I'm planning on getting a freesync monitor so I want to take advantage of freesync. I have never upgraded a GPU before so I need a bit of help? Also my Motherboard is hovering around 80 degree celsius according to Piriforms Speccy, should I be concerned?


Thank you

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Game7a1
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RE: GPU Upgrade?

For AMD GPUs, you can get a R9 Fury (X) or Nano. I think you could crossfire two R9 Furys or R9 Nanos, but not R9 Fury Xs (because of the fan). Should be a simple swap-and-play.

As for the motherboard temps, that's concerning. You might want to check how dusty it is inside and if the fans are operating as they should.

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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ADoSAttack
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RE: GPU Upgrade?

So I can get a R9 Fury, do I have enough pins? And what temps should the motherboard be at?


Thank you

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Game7a1
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RE: GPU Upgrade?

The R9 Fury has 2 x 8 pin ports on it, so check your PSU if you have two 8-pin connectors. If you don't have enough pins for it, you can either get pin adapters or get an R9 Nano which is less power consuming, runs at a similar price, and performs similarly too.

I'll just say that 80 C for the motherboard is hot. But are you sure it's the motherboard and not something else like the CPU or GPU?

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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ADoSAttack
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RE: GPU Upgrade?

I just checked and I have a 6pin and a 6pin+2, can I just buy a adapter for just the 6pin or do I have to get one for the 6pin+2 as well? Also when I get the graphics card is it as easy as swap in and out or do I have to go into the bios or something like that as well?

As for the motherboard maybe it's reading it wrong, I cleaned the computer inside and out not to long ago.

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Game7a1
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RE: GPU Upgrade?

Should be a swap since it's still an AMD GPU, but if you want, you can uninstall the AMD GPU driver before upgrading your GPU.

As for the adapter, just for the 6 pin.

I suggest getting HWMonitor or HWInfo and reporting it's temps on idle (doing nothing) and load (playing a game or something).

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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