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TrapBeatsInc
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Inspiron 660, GPU and Power Supply upgrades?

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Dell Inspiron 660

2nd gen i5

8gb

1TB

I picked out an EVGA GeForce GTX 960 SuperSC ACX 2.0+ for the GPU

and a

Corsair CS Series™ Modular CS650M — 650 Watt 80 PLUS® Gold Certified PSU

BUT.........  will this GPU and power supply work with my PC?

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Uranium

RE: I have a Inspiron 660 and want to upgrade with a new GPU and Power Supply. What is compatible?

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Minimum recommended replacement for Stock  305W dell is Corsair CS750M.

The EVGA 960 GPU will NOT physically fit into the case.

12 INCH CARDS and even 10 inch CARDS WILL NOT FIT and NVIDIA 900 SERIES may not work at all with windows 8.x secure boot and may need a bios update.


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RE: I have a Inspiron 660 and want to upgrade with a new GPU and Power Supply. What is compatible?

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750W seems overkill. 450W to 550W seems closer to what is needed, even for a GTX-960, if a 960 will work.

As speedstep mentioned, a GTX-960 may not fit, but this one should fit, however it may still not work due to issues with the BIOS.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814487093 

A GTX 750ti may be your best option. This one says it will work with 300 watt or greater PSU and draws all the power from the PCI-X connector. 

www.newegg.com/.../Product.aspx

TrapBeatsInc
Phosphor

RE: I have a Inspiron 660 and want to upgrade with a new GPU and Power Supply. What is compatible?

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Thanks for the reply!!

I was going to measure before I bought this thing but it looks like I don't have to now.

I spoke with a dell sales associate and they said the pny GeForce 960 seen hereaccessories.dell.com/.../productdetail.aspx;l=en&s=dhs&cs=19&sku=A8185723  at the dell store would work fine with my Inspiron 660.

I brought up drivers, bios, and everything and they say it will work (if I change out the power supply) but I really don't want to take the chance now.

I'm needing this card for a program I'm going to buy next month for Adobe After Effects called Element 3d

I'm wanting to spend $250-$350 on the card.

If you or anyone have time which of these cards would work the best?

GeForce GTX 960

GeForce GTX 780 Ti

GeForce GTX 780

GeForce GTX 770

GeForce GTX 760 Ti

GeForce GTX 760

GeForce GTX 690

GeForce GTX 680

GeForce GTX 670

GeForce GTX 660

I'm glad you mentioned the psu thing too. I'll probably get one of the Corsair 750watt models. I figure, whether its needed now or not it will go great this 660 and in my next pc.

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Phosphor

RE: I have a Inspiron 660 and want to upgrade with a new GPU and Power Supply. What is compatible?

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Thanks for the reply!!!

You are probably right on the psu but I'm going to get a huge one anyway so it will be a great addition for my

next pc. Every forum that I have posted in people mention the bios issue for Windows.

I forgot to mention I'm using Windows 8.1.

the software I'm buying this gpu for requires at least a 1gb card and it needs to be one of these to be more

specific.

docs.google.com/.../pub

I want to spend $250-$350 on the card

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Uranium

RE: I have a Inspiron 660 and want to upgrade with a new GPU and Power Supply. What is compatible?

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The stock 305W power supply guarantees 20 to 25W on the +5VSB rails and 150 to 170W on the 3.3v/5V Rails.  Many GTX 750 TI now say (300W PSU that can supply 18 AMPS MIN on the 12v rail aka 216W on the 12v rail.

Many EPS 12v power supplies only guarantee 10 to 15W on the  +5VSB and 125 to 130W on the 3.3v Rails.

This means you buy the supply and it may not even turn on.  If it does it wont work with the 960 card installed.

Buying a power supply is not a single 12v rail and thats the only thing it uses.

There are many users who should have gotten a corsair RM1000 but instead chose an ATX not EPS 12v power supply at 500 to 750W and they have the Solid Amber Light of Death.   EPS12v 2.92 for 750W and up  guarantees 150W on the 3.3v rail,  20W on the +5vsb rail and 375W on the 12v Rails minimum.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139057

 Stop making recommendations on price vs actual performance.

If you want a good price look for a Dell W299G, J556T, U595G power supply with wiring harness.  NOTE the 5v @ 4A on the +5VSB and the 225W on the 3.3v /5v rails as well as the 825W on the 12v rails.  Thats the spec of a Dell 875 because they do not over rate what the PSU can do.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Genuine-DELL-Precision-T5500-875W-Power-Supply-with-harness-N875EF-00-NPS-87...




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TrapBeatsInc
Phosphor

RE: I have a Inspiron 660 and want to upgrade with a new GPU and Power Supply. What is compatible?

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Thanks for the reply!!!

I don't buy used parts or electronics so I'll probably get the Corsair rm1000.

Would any of these be okay. Element 3d,the software I'm buying the gpu for, recommends these..If you have time,

Radeon HD 6850

Radeon HD 6870

Radeon HD 6930

Radeon HD 6950

Radeon HD 6770

Radeon HD 6990          

Radeon HD 7970      

Radeon HD 7950

Radeon HD 7870

Radeon HD 7850

Radeon HD 7770

I really appreciate you helping me. I have not a clue about any of this stuff. Dell wont help, best buy wont help, and everybody else just makes a quick guess

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Uranium

RE: I have a Inspiron 660 and want to upgrade with a new GPU and Power Supply. What is compatible?

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Radeon HD 6850  Too Long
Radeon HD 6870  Too Long
Radeon HD 6930  Too Long
Radeon HD 6950  Too Long
Radeon HD 6770  Too Long
Radeon HD 6990  Too Long          
Radeon HD 7970  Too Long      
Radeon HD 7950  Too Long
Radeon HD 7870  Too Long
Radeon HD 7850  Too Long
Radeon HD 7770  Too Long
 
Radeon HD 7750  Low profile versions work but hard to find now
this card has been remarketed as Radeon R7 250E

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA24G28M6155

 



Radeon HD 7770  Too Long but there are remakes of this card as the R7 260X
that are 8 inches long.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202081

 


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Dan-H
Germanium

RE: I have a Inspiron 660 and want to upgrade with a new GPU and Power Supply. What is compatible?

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A 1000 Watt PSU makes zero sense in an Inspiron 660.

Uranium

RE: I have a Inspiron 660 and want to upgrade with a new GPU and Power Supply. What is compatible?

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The RM1000 is used as an example.  Corsair CS750M is recommended replacement for stock 305W power supply.  There are many posts from people who made decision based on price not actual performance of the PSU.  if you add up all the maximums on the 305W unit it comes out to be 620W.  If you add up all the maximums on the 875W unit it comes out well over 1000W.   Dell power supplies are not single rail 12v units with other connections and voltages and current ratings to be ignored.


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