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ChantelleC90
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I am Trying to upgrade my Alienware Aurora R4 - Looking to upgrade the CPU and GPU

My current build is:

OS - Windows 10 64 bit - Creators Edition

CPU - i7 3820 @ 3.6 Ghz

RAM - 32GB DDR3 @ 1866Mhz

Motherboard - Alienware 07JNH0

GPU - 2 x GTX 660 (SLI)

Storage - 240GB SSD w/ 1TB Data Drive

Bios Version - A11

I am looking to upgrade my PC. I understand the power supply only has a 6 pin connection for the GPU and that LGA2011 is the CPU currently installed. I am wondering if the A11 Bios update allows me to use LGA 2011v3. Also what is the best GPU I could get for a reasonable price with a 6 pin power connecter that would work in this PC?

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Re: I am Trying to upgrade my Alienware Aurora R4 - Looking to upgrade the CPU and GPU

LGA 2011 and 2011-3 are physically incompatible.

with one x 6 Pin PCIe Connector you can install GTX 1050, 1050TI, Radeon RX 460, 470, 560 and 570.

does the PSU have two additional 4 Pin IDE Connectors? you could use them for an 8 Pin PCIe Connector Adapter.

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Re: I am Trying to upgrade my Alienware Aurora R4 - Looking to upgrade the CPU and GPU

I suggest you look inside.
 
If you have the (sometimes optional) 875watt PS, there should be a least one 8-pinner ready to go.
 
Due to power and cooling requirements, I would move to a "single-card" config.


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Re: I am Trying to upgrade my Alienware Aurora R4 - Looking to upgrade the CPU and GPU

you might be right. i thought he wants a Single Card.

in that Case. there are no current Cards with 6 Pin Power and SLI Connector available. all GTX 1050, 1050TI and 1060 have no SLI Connector.  so you're stuck with GTX 950 SLI or AMD 460 - 570 Crossfire.

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Re: I am Trying to upgrade my Alienware Aurora R4 - Looking to upgrade the CPU and GPU

Also, I would not mess with CPU or RAM.


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speedstep wrote:

GTX 1050 TI would be a good upgrade that doesn't require any other upgrade.

1050 cards however do not support SLI.

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wrong again. GTX 1050TIs do not Support SLI either.

you must be doing it on Purpose. you are apparently an Expert. at some Point, People who don't know it better will trust you and buy wrong Stuff. do you really have Troubles to understand it?

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Re: I am Trying to upgrade my Alienware Aurora R4 - Looking to upgrade the CPU and GPU

I disagree.  I said 1050 cards to include the 1050 and the 1050TI.  
Unsure what the implication is of "wrong stuff".  
The 1050 TI is fine. AFAIKT the 1050 and 1060 series cards do not support SLI.
(It was never indicated that they did)
2x 1070 or 1080 would definitely need
a new power supply.  

SLI can achieve higher FPS only when the software supports SLI, however this
also causes micro-stutter and other issues that can make the experience on
SLI feel more sluggish than on a single GTX 680.  
The GTX 1050 Ti is slightly faster than the GTX 680.


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Re: I am Trying to upgrade my Alienware Aurora R4 - Looking to upgrade the CPU and GPU

speedstep wrote:

I disagree. 

i know. that is what you always do.

speedstep wrote:

I said 1050 cards to include the 1050 and the 1050TI.  
Unsure what the implication is of "wrong stuff".  

speedstep wrote:

1050 cards however do not support SLI.

don't play Dumb with me. you thought the other Cards do Support SLI and now you are trying to cover up the Mess.

listen, i am working with Computer Hardware for 16 Years now. so if i tell you that the Cards don't Support SLI or that the PSU is good enough, then you can take it to the Bank!

Number 1 Rule on the Internet is "Don't Feed the Troll", and that is what i'm gonna do from now on.  if the Moderation Team does not care about your dayly false Statements, than why should i?

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ChantelleC90
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Re: I am Trying to upgrade my Alienware Aurora R4 - Looking to upgrade the CPU and GPU

For what it's worth I do have the larger PAY with liquid cooling. I believe it is 875W

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