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Saxondale73
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X51 R2 GPU Upgrade

Hi everyone,

I'm looking to breathe some life into an old X51 R2 for my lad's first PC. here are the specs...

Alienware X51 : Matte Stealth Black Chassis (ConfigD)
Operating System : Windows 7 SP1 Home Premium (64 BIT)
Graphics : 1.5GB GDDR5 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660
Power Supply : Alienware 330W AC Adapter
Hard Drive : 2TB SATA 3Gb/s 7, 200rpm Hard Drive
Memory : 8192MB (2x4GB) 1600MH z DDR3 Dual Channel
Processor : Intel Core i7-3770 (3.40GHz, 8MB L3 Cache, 4C)

I'm leaning towards a GTX 1050 Ti card but would like to be sure if it would be suitable. And if it is, what brand would be best?

Many thanks.

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Re: X51 R2 GPU Upgrade

Hi saxondale73‌,

The GTX1050 is not a validated card for this model but it should work. You just need to keep on mind the maximum measures that are supported so that this fits in the case:

Height: 4.38"
Length: 9.5"
Width: 2-Slot

You can also check the mini 1050 EVGA: EVGA - Product Specs - EVGA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti SC GAMING, 04G-P4-6253-KR, 4GB GDDR5, ACX 2.0 (Singl... 

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Re: X51 R2 GPU Upgrade

Hi and thanks for the reply.

I think the dimensions would be ok, but I'm a bit concerned about overheating. I've read a number of posts saying that only 'blower' type cards should be fitted in the x51, to blow the heat out of the back of the chasis. I understand that gtx 1050 cards aren't validated, but do you think heat would be an issue?

Thanks again for your help and advice.

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Re: X51 R2 GPU Upgrade

We do recommend blower type cards due to the design of the machine, also bare in mind that this is not an official upgrade. Hence, we haven't tested it ourselves for full compatibility. Perhaps an user that has done the upgrade can chime in and give us his/her input on this.

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