I currently have one of the OEM Radeon HD 6770 Gpu in a XPS 8300 (i7 sandy)
And I'm wondering what could be a viable upgrade option. I'm trying to avoid having to replace the Psu ..I believe it's 460w
Basically I'm looking for a decent mid- range Sapphire/ATI One. (possibly one that runs cooler than a 6770) That can handle today's games with full high settings on a 1680x 1050 resolution.Also one with dual dvi outputs As I use 2 monitors..the other being at 1600x900
So if someone could offer me advice on lets say 2 cards.One that I would need to replace the psu and one I wouldn't that would be great.
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The HD 7850 is a very good card at that resolution for today's games. HERE are your Sapphire choices. The more expensive ones have 2GB of video ram versus 1GB. This card has great performance for the price especially the 1GB version. Alternatively, the HD 7870 is your next step up which may also work on your stock power supply, but you may not gain too much at that resolution. The difference between the 1GB & 2GB versions might only be 1 or 2 frames rates for most games, but more & more games are needing more video ram today.
However, if you are willing to spend $200, then you might as well get the HD 7870 HERE since it will obviously run ultra high settings at higher frame rates. You are probably talking around a 30 watt difference between the two cards. The HD 7870 requires two 6-pin connections and the HD 7850 only one like your HD 6770. Only in extreme situations will the HD 7870 jump over 150 watts which is why it needs the two connections just in case.
I'd consider either one with 2gb..I do favor the 7870. I'm not sure if I would want to risk it on the 460w as they both list minimum 500w needed,I do tend to game enough to stress a card a bit.
So my next question would be if this psu could fit in the 8300 ? www.newegg.com/.../Product.aspx
Also any risks to doing so I've read about some issues pertaining to upgrading dells power mobo frying and etc.
Pardon my overly cautiousness stance lol & thanks for the reply!
Here were the validated cards for the XPS 8300. The HD 6950 uses 25 more watts than the HD 7870 so I would feel pretty comfortable that it would work. As a matter of fact, the XPS 8500 that has the same 460 watt power supply had the HD 7870 offered as an option. The card is not going to need more than 120 watts if gaming. If you add everything else in, your entire system will never use more than 300 watts. Most Dell power supplies are rated as continuous units meaning they can peak higher than 460 watts if needed probably over 500 watts, but it will not be needed. They just run more efficiently at a certain percentage of their total output.
Upgrading the power supply will not fry your motherboard. If you upgrade to a 650 watt power supply, your system will still only draw 300 watts or whatever it needs. You would not want to bother upgrading to just a 500 watt power supply when what you have now will be just as good. If upgrading, go with a 650 watt unit.
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