I recently purchased the following Dell 8900
I would like to replace the graphics card (I flight sim a lot) with a GTX 960 4GB DDR5 card, either myself or have a computer repair place do it.
Which specific cards would be easiest to install in my machine - if I search for GTX 960, I see all kinds of different length cards, 1 and 2 fans, etc.
I'd like to purchase the following card, if it will be easily installed...
Would a new graphics card be difficult to install myself? What is involved?
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The XPS 8900 and 8700 share the same case so if you look in this thread you'll see the cards that fit and the cards that needed some case cutting.
I can personally vouch for the the MSI GTX 970 gaming 4GB fits so check the size (length and height) and if less it should fit without issue.
If you can wait a few weeks or maybe a month, the GTX 1080 looks to be an amazing card for the price and power draw. It is going to be slightly more expensive, however much more capable.
The install is easy. search for youtube videos and you should find one.
edit: and you can sell your GTX 745 on ebay and recoup some of the cost.
Thanks, Dan - I'll probably go for the GTX 960 as the GTX 1080s all seem to be $500 plus.
I looked at a few articles - I'm a little tentative about opening up such a new machine but will try the install myself, it looks easy enough and your dimensions vs. the card I'm considering look like I'll have no problem size-wise.
Thanks again for your help!
Apologies, I was typing too fast. I meant to type 1060 when I typed 1080.
the GTX 1060 cards are set to be released in a few days with prices in the $250 to $300 range. Rumors are these will be FAST for the price. I'd seriously consider waiting a couple of weeks and even if you go with a GTX 960, the price will likely drop a bit in the coming weeks.
one more thing. The Dell PSU has two six pin PCIe power connectors. Some of the cards have 8 pin connectors, and they usually come with a six pin to 8 pin adapter. Just be aware of this.
thanks for all your help, Dan!
GTX 960 is en route for Friday delivery, watched some videos and am confident I can handle this - and if I can't, I have a friendly local PC place who will do it for $75.
Just a quick follow up to those who may benefit from knowing - my EVGA GTX 960 arrived on Friday, Friday night after work I disassembled my 8900, released the old board, snapped (gently) in the new, found the two hidden 6 prong power cables stuffed elsewhere in the cabinet, connected those to the provided 8 prong adapter plug, screwed everything back together and I was in business!
Driver installation was a little trickier for some reason but eventually I got the thing running and it's running like a champ now.
It didn't help my flight simulator texture loading speed vs. the GTX 745 though - not at all - which means I have other factors at play and it never was a graphics card issue. I'm wondering if the provided SSD that takes data off the main drive is somehow too slow - but that's another investigation.
Thanks again for the help.
milwaukeeroad, I have been looking at replacing the GT 745 on my XPS 8900 too. Can I ask which EVGA GTX 960 model did you end up buying? Are you still happy with the performance or have you run into any other problems? Thanks!
Hi The Roots -
This is the model I purchased and yes, I've been extremely happy with it - but I only run Flight Simulator with it - I don't play any other games, so I can't speak to whether or not it runs Call of Duty or whatever at 100FPS - I play at 30 FPS (If I'm lucky - but that is mostly CPU driven in flight sim - even at 4.0Ghz).
Sorry MilwaukeeRoad, I was looking for the specific model of the EVGA GeForce GT 960. Here's the link of the different models from the EVGA website,
Do you remember which one it was or the Mfr. Part Number?
Also, have you done anything regarding the SSD cache? I too have felt the start-up time on my system has been slower than what I expected.