I've been reading through multiple threads on similar issues. My video card needs replacing on my XPS 8300, and the one Dell recommended and sent (since returned) would never work. I think that I'm stuck in the no man's land of either using 'legacy' cards (and my first try from Dell, recommended by Dell didn't work), or upgrading the PSU to support the newer cards.
So here's what I got for a card: AMD Radeon HD 6870 1GB GDDR5 Graphics card (Dell Y9XH7)
I'm pretty sure I need to update my PCU, which is the standard 460W; I also need the support clip as this is a full-sized card; my other was the factory, small PCI Express card. This card also has two six-pin power supply inputs which my original didn't.
Desperately seeking PSU and cords recommendations, and whether the factory motherboard will have any issues with this card.
Also, this card is 1 GB, and my small factory card was two - but the newer cards process better/differently, so it isn't a 'downgrade'...is this correct?
My PC stats:
Model: XPS 8300
Operating System: Windows 126.96.36.19901 (Service Pack 1) CPU Type: Intel® Core™ i7-2600 CPU @ 3.40GHz CPU Speed: 3.41 GHz System Memory (RAM): 11.98 GB (12) Power Supply: 460 Watts Video Card Model: AMD RADEON HD 6670 Video Card Memory: 2.72 GB Video Card Driver: aticfx32.dll Desktop Resolution: 1680x1050 Hard Disk Size: 918.23 GB Hard Disk Free Space: 415.08 GB (45%) Download Speed: 2.37 MB/s (19.9 mbps)