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l2obot
Phosphor

Graphics Card Upgrade for Alienware x51 (Not sure which card i should use)

I'm looking to upgrade my graphics card on my alienware x51 and have some cards in mind but dont know which one is more suitable for the x51. Just wondering if anyone could help me out.

www.amazon.com/.../ref=sr_1_1;qid=1438068921&sr=8-1&keywords=EVGA+FTW+960+4GB

www.amazon.com/.../ref=sr_1_1;qid=1438068921&sr=8-1&keywords=EVGA+FTW+960+4GB

www.amazon.com/.../ref=sr_1_5;qid=1438069688&sr=8-5&keywords=MSI+GTX+960

www.amazon.com/.../ref=sr_1_1;qid=1438069723&sr=8-1&keywords=pny+gtx+960+4gb

Which one of these best fits the alienware x51?

My Computer:

Intelcore i7-4770

GTX 745 --> upgrade to which one of the above?

8GB RAM

(Will get 330w PSU)

1 TB

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Game7a1
Germanium

RE: Graphics Card Upgrade for Alienware x51 (Not sure which card i should use)

Get the MSI one. The others are way too expensive to buy (you could get the PNY GTX 960 4 GB for $230 from newegg, I think)., and the EVGA ones have a cooling design that worsens the cooling in the X51 (odd, I know).

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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l2obot
Phosphor

RE: Graphics Card Upgrade for Alienware x51 (Not sure which card i should use)

Price doesn't matter to me I just want the best that's suitable for my x51 so you suggest I should get the PNY 4GB GTX 960? Because it has 4GB and I saw a post that said it was successful when installed.

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Game7a1
Germanium

RE: Graphics Card Upgrade for Alienware x51 (Not sure which card i should use)

If you want the 4 GB GTX 960, then get it.

You could get a GTX 970 instead if price is of no concern. PNY has a GTX 970 that will work.

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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l2obot
Phosphor

RE: Graphics Card Upgrade for Alienware x51 (Not sure which card i should use)

So, one of these two would work? or just the PNY card you recommended would work better?

www.amazon.com/.../ref=sr_1_15;ie=UTF8&qid=1438107764&sr=1-15&keywords=GTX+970

www.amazon.com/.../ref=sr_1_18;ie=UTF8&qid=1438107764&sr=1-18&keywords=GTX+970

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Game7a1
Germanium

RE: Graphics Card Upgrade for Alienware x51 (Not sure which card i should use)

I remember hearing problems about the EVGA GTX 970. Better to go with the PNY GTX 970.

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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l2obot
Phosphor

RE: Graphics Card Upgrade for Alienware x51 (Not sure which card i should use)

Since this is almost like the other MSI card (the GTX 960 one), will this work or will i have troubles with it?

www.amazon.com/.../ref=sr_1_4;ie=UTF8&qid=1438110880&sr=1-4&keywords=MSI+GTX+970

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Game7a1
Germanium

RE: Graphics Card Upgrade for Alienware x51 (Not sure which card i should use)

It might be too long. That would be the only thing to worry about.

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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