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alexshepherd
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X51-R2 Upgrade

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Hello.

I own a X51-R2 that came with a GTX 745. What is the best possible GPU upgrade? And, can the PSU be upgraded, as well?

Thanks!

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RE: X51-R2 Upgrade

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Make sure you have the Alienware™ 330 Watt Power Supply - Dell Part# : 332-1432

The Alienware X51 Andromeda R5 Graphics Card Requirements:

  • TDP that will match the power supply
  • 'Reference' Single Fan Blower-Style Cooler
  • 9½" long.

A few suggestions that meet the criteria:

PNY XLR8 GTX 960 Performance Edition

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EVGA GTX 970 Reference Clocked 04G-P4-1970
EVGA GTX 970 Superclocked 04G-P4-1972

Identical Cards. Different Firmware / BIOS

9½" GTX 970 in the Alienware X51 Graphics Card Adapter ready for installation.

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Alienware X51 R1 i7 2600 ❖ 16GB ❖ 512GB SSD ❖ EVGA GTX 970 SC ❖ Win 10 Pro

alexshepherd
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RE: X51-R2 Upgrade

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Thanks for the response.

My PC has a 240W PSU, that's why I wondered about a PSU upgrade. I should have noted that in the OP. Is it possible, anyway? If not, what is the best possible GPU upgrade for my model?

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Game7a1
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RE: X51-R2 Upgrade

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Well yes, you can upgrade the PSU. Just get the 330w PSU and you'll be good to go with a GTX 970.

With a 240w PSU, the best you can get is a GTX 750 ti.

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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alexshepherd
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RE: X51-R2 Upgrade

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Thank you.

Could you point me in the right direction? Can I buy a third party PSU, or do I have to get it from Dell? Or is it an external PSU?

Could you provide some links if possible?

Cheers.

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Game7a1
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RE: X51-R2 Upgrade

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It has to be a Dell PSU. Unless you are up for modding, which is unnecessary, you only need to get the Dell 330w PSU charger for the X51/m18x/18.

Typing in X51 330w PSU into amazon or ebay should be enough to fiund what you need. As well, Dell sells the 330w PSU.

I hope you realized this before, but if you haven't, the X51 only uses external PSUs. Never has Dell/Alienware sold an X51 with an internal PSU. Your current 240w PSU is that power brick you see outside the X51.

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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alexshepherd
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RE: X51-R2 Upgrade

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Much appreciated.

I hadn't realized that was the actual PSU. Thanks a lot for the help. I'll be buying it and upgrading to one of the suggested reference GPU's above.

Cheers.

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