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Graphics card upgrade

Hello there, I am purchasing an xps 420 in the next week and the graphics card thats going to be arriving with it is not the best so i need a decent card, Also not to sure what power supply will be arriving with it, So any suggestions for this system:

 

 

 

Intel Q6600 Quad Core (2.4ghz, 8mb cache, 1066mhz FSB)

4096MB 800Mhz Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM (4x1024)

24" Dell S2409W 24 Inch Full HD Flat Panel Monitor

Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Gamer PCI Soundcard

Creative Labs Inspire T10 Speakers

6xBlu-Ray ROM Drive & 48xCDRW/DVD ROM

640GB Serial ATA non Raid (7200rpm)

Genuine Windows Vista Home Premium SP1

 

Any suggestions would be much appreciated.

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Re: Graphics card upgrade

I believe the XPS 420 has a 375W PSU,and what GPU have you orderd and what will you be using the computer for this would help gives us a better picture.

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Re: Graphics card upgrade

The graphics card coming with the system was the cheapest one available, I chose that because i want a better card, Its the 256MB ATI Radeon 3650 HD Graphics card, And i will be using it for the usual gaming, Movies mostly.
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Re: Graphics card upgrade

Well, After looking at a couple of sites people seem to be mentioning a 512mb radeon hd 4870, Not this one specifically, Will one of these be suitable for the system i am getting?

 

 http://www.dabs.com/productview.aspx?quicklinx=55H7

 

Anything thats close to this would be ideal.

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Re: Graphics card upgrade

Are you fixed on ATI ? If not you can look at the 9800GT or GTX or the GTX 260 or 280

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Re: Graphics card upgrade

Not to fussed to be honest, Im just after a really good graphics card, Any suggestions are welcome and as long as they fit into the system im buying without having to upgrade any of the parts.
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http://www.dabs.com/productview.aspx?Quicklinx=56Y8&CategorySelectedId=11137&NavigationKey=11137,4294963789,373340000

 

 http://www.dabs.com/productview.aspx?quicklinx=5695

 

How about these davet, Will these be suitable?

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Re: Graphics card upgrade

I have seen in other threads where 420 owners are running either the 9800 gtx+ or the gtx260 with the 425w psu. They are big cards, but they fit in the 420.
Message Edited by packerFan07 on 10-06-2008 05:11 PM

XPS 420 with Vista Ultimate 64-bit - Q6700 - 8 GB 800 MHZ Mushkin RAM - 2 500 GB Samsung - 425 Watt PSU

Nvidia 8800gt - 24" Gateway LCD

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Re: Graphics card upgrade

So if i was to purchase a 9800 gtx or a 260 gtx or any one of the cards mentioned and my system had a 375w psu delivered with it, Would it just be a case of replacing it with a 425w psu.
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Yes if you go with the GTX or GTX2 9800 series or GTX 260 you will proably need to upgrade your powersupply to the 425W if you stay with the 9800GT or GTX the 375w supply will be fine.

 

Yes you could just order a 425W supply from Dell if you want to run these higher end cards.

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Re: Graphics card upgrade

Thats all the info needed guys, Thanks for the help, much appreciated.
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If you're going to go with the GTX 260, you need a power supply with 500w. If you decide to go with the GTX 280, you need a power supply with a minimum of 550w.

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XPS 730x H2C (aluminum clear coat chassis)

Windows 7 Professional x64
Intel Core i7 920 @ 3.60ghz (soon-to-be a Core i7-975)
6gb Corsair Dominator DDR3-1600
(4) - 300GB VelociRaptors with (3) in RAID0
Western Digital MyBook 1TB
(2) - XFX Black Edition GTX 285's in SLI
(2) - DVD/RW+CD/RW Drives
Creative X-FI Titanium sound card
Logitech G5 laser gaming mouse (blue)
Logitech G19 gaming keyboard
Logitech G35 headset
Dell 3008WFP-30" LCD @ 2560x1600
X-TRAC Ripper mouse pad


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Re: Graphics card upgrade

 

So would it be worth upgrading the psu for a GTX 260 card?

 

 

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Definitely worth it. With a 375w psu, you are very limited as to what you can put in your case.

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XPS 730x H2C (aluminum clear coat chassis)

Windows 7 Professional x64
Intel Core i7 920 @ 3.60ghz (soon-to-be a Core i7-975)
6gb Corsair Dominator DDR3-1600
(4) - 300GB VelociRaptors with (3) in RAID0
Western Digital MyBook 1TB
(2) - XFX Black Edition GTX 285's in SLI
(2) - DVD/RW+CD/RW Drives
Creative X-FI Titanium sound card
Logitech G5 laser gaming mouse (blue)
Logitech G19 gaming keyboard
Logitech G35 headset
Dell 3008WFP-30" LCD @ 2560x1600
X-TRAC Ripper mouse pad


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Re: Graphics card upgrade

Ok cheers for the advice PH3N0M, Much appreciated.
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