Hey all! I've been looking to update the graphics card on my Dell XPS 8700 from a GTX 645 to a GTX 1050 Ti Nvidia graphics card. Everything I looked at says it checks out:
-PCIE x16 card compatible with PCI- Express x16 card slot
- 1.5 Width (Dual Slot Width) x 5.7 Length x 4.38 Height graphics card should fit in PC (original dimensions for the GTX 645 are 4.376 Height, 5.7 Length, Single Slot width). Only problem I can see here is the width for the 1050 is dual slot while the original has a single slot width. However, there should be enough space right?
- 75W power draw with a 460W PSU. Here is another (unlikely) potential problem. I have no idea how much power everything else is drawing so I don't know how much spare power I have. However, seeing as the 645 has a max power draw of 65 W, I think I'm fine since that's only a 10 W difference
Does anybody see any problems with my logic/anything that I'm missing? Thanks all and have a great day.
you MUST upgrade BIOS to A10 for Win7/81 or A11 for Win10 for GTX 9x0 or higher and all GTX 10x0 cards as well.
What software are you running? If gaming at 1920x1080 resolution a GTX 1060 is perhaps the "best' option for an XPS 8700. The 8700 will easily fit a dual width card and the 1060 is the right mix of lots of graphics card, but it doesn't need a ton of power to run it.
The motherboard provides up to 75W via the PCIe slot, and extra power comes from the two six pin PCIe power connectors if the card needs more power.
Some GTX 1060 cards need a single 8 pin connector and the solution is a very low cost adapter ( $ 8.00 on eBay)
Good call, I forgot to include it but yes, I am currently running A11 on Windows 10.
I am probably going to use it for gaming so yeah, you're right when saying the 1060 would be better. Does the XPS 8700 have the spare power to support the 120 W card though? I haven't ran the current power consumption calculations so I don't know how much spare wattage I still have. And this is a super noob question (it's been a while since I popped open my case) but are there enough spare power connectors/cables in the XPS 8700?
Lastly, any preferences on the 1060? EVGA seems to be the highest rated but MSI seems decent as well.
Yes, the OEM Dell PSU has two six pin PCIe power cables. Some cards have a single 8 pin so you need a reverse Y-adapter. here is a link on eBay. Some cards come a power adapter. some don't.
I like the MSI Gaming Twin Frozr cards. EVGA are also nice. Not much difference really. The MSI card fits fine, and the EVGA should too as I think it is slighly lower profile.
I haven't put a 1060 in an 8700, but the MSI Gaming 1060 is exactly the same dimension as the MSI Gaming 970 and we have one of those in an 8700.
You might need a longer SATA cable.
I also remove the hard drive bay, and relocate the hard drive to HD2 position, and then put an SSD in the lower optical drive bay. The extra space around the graphics card is nice to have.