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Fitting an Nvidia GTX 670 into a StudioXPS 8100

I want to upgrade the graphics card in my StudioXPS 8100 to the Nvidia GTX 670 from the existing Single 1GB Nvidia GeForce GTS 240. 

Questions: 

(1) Will the existing PSU need to be upgraded. I believe the 8100 shipped with a 350W PSU and that Nvidia recommend a 500W PSU min for the card but i have also read that the Dell PSU can handle the Nvidia card without replacement;

(2) If i do need to replace the PSU which PSUs will fit straight in to the 8100 box as i know Dell often have non-standard connections and sizes?; 

(3) Will the Nvidia GTX 670 plug straight in as a replacement for the existing card or will i have issues with PCI=express slot availability etc?; and

(4) any other issues that i should be aware of?

Cost not really an issue but i am not particularly computer savvy so the simpler solution the better.

Specs below:

StudioXPS 8100 : Intel Core i7 Processor 860 (2.80GHz, 8MB)

Memory : 8192MB (4x2GB) 1333MHz DDR3 Dual Channel

Hard Drive : 2TB(2x1TB) Serial ATA Raid 0 "Stripe"(7200RPM)Dual HDD

Heatsink : 95W Processor Heatsink

Graphics Card - Single 1GB Nvidia GeForce GTS 240

Many thanks,

J

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Re: Fitting an Nvidia GTX 670 into a StudioXPS 8100

Hi jz95,

You will need to upgrade the power supply to 500 watt PSU or greater from 350 Watt PSU supplied from Dell. If the NVidia GTX 670 is used to its maximum load, then the 350 watt may not be sufficient to handle the load and may go faulty. Dell Studio XPS 8100 is a mini tower; you can fit in normal ATX PSU.

NVidia GTX 670 is rated PCI Express 3.0 card. The system board is rated PCI Express 2.0, so the Video card will downgrade to PCI Express 2.0 speed.

Please reply for any queries.
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jz95
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Re: Fitting an Nvidia GTX 670 into a StudioXPS 8100

Hi Dell-Ravi Thank you for the answer. I was thinking of fitting a corsair TX650V2 PSU if that will work? I assume the GTX would still fit and work with the PCI 2 connections? Would the difference between PCI 2 and 3 mean its not worth buying the GRX 670 or would that still be one of the best cards I could fit? Many thanks, J
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Re: Fitting an Nvidia GTX 670 into a StudioXPS 8100

Hi jz95,

Yes the video card and the Corsair TX650V2 PSU are compatible with your system. GTX 670 is better card compared to GTS 240. If the system board is PCI Express 3.0 rated then performance would have been still more better.

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