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oldjayhawk
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Video card upgrade for Dell XPS 8300

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I am seeking suggestions for a video card for replacing the original NVIDIA GT420 DDR3 1GB video card in my XPS 8300 running with Windows 7 64 bit.  The PSU is rated at 460 W (+12VA 18A; +12VB 16 A; +12VC 8A; +5V 25A; +5V aux 2.0A; 3.3v 17A; and -12V 0.3A).  I would like to avoid upgrading the PSU if possible. 

The original NVIDIA card is in a PCI Express x16 slot.  I don't know whether it is PCI Express x16 or PCI Express 2.0 x16.  Would somebody know for a XPS 8300 desktop purchased July 2011.

Thanks.

Oldjayhawk

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Re: Video card upgrade for Dell XPS 8300

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Hi oldjayhawk

Welcome to Dell Community.

I understand you are looking to upgrade the video card on the XPS 8300 computer that you own. You already have a good enough Video card installed on your computer. Are you looking for something specific from the installed Video card in the computer.

You can find the Dell recommended video cards on the link below.

http://dell.to/MpEvoa

Only 2 of these cards as 1 GB cards and you would be able to read more about these cards be clicking on More Details link under each of the cards.

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Amrinder D

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Kelbear1
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Re: Video card upgrade for Dell XPS 8300

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What is the reason for the upgrade?  The GT 420 is another OEM card and considered low-end.  Therefore, if you want a better card for specific reasons like gaming or something, then you would have a lot of options with your 460 watt power supply.   The card is PCIe 2.0 x16 and so is your XPS 8300.  Most Nvidia cards today are going to be 2.0 and with their newest cards they are now 3.0.  AMD cards are 2.1, but will work just fine with 2.0.   The AMD 7000 series is 3.0. 

Therefore, the questions are what do you want to do with your new video and how much do you want to spend?  Two reasonably priced cards that offer very good performance and are way ahead of what you have now are the Nvidia GTX 550 Ti and the AMD HD 6770.  The latter is only $79.99 after the $30 rebate plus you are getting a free game. 

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oldjayhawk
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Re: Video card upgrade for Dell XPS 8300

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Hi Amrinder D

Thanks for your reply.  May be I am rushing the issue.  I started using my XPS 8300 only two days ago.  I use the desktop mainly for word processing and watching HD video.  If I replace the NVIDIA GT420 DDR3 video card with another video card, e.g., GTX 550 Ti DDR5 card, would it be an overkill?

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oldjayhawk
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Re: Video card upgrade for Dell XPS 8300

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Hi Kelbear1

I thought of the upgrade without any specific reason, other than wanting to improve the video when I watch HD video I shot using my HD camcorder.  I use my XPS 8300 mainly for word processing, watching HD video and surfing the internet (watching youtube sometimes).  But youtube videos are usually not 1980 x 1080 HD, am I correct?  With my uses, would Nvidia GTX 550 Ti or AMD HD 6770 be an overkill?  Between GTX 550 Ti and HD 6770, which one would you recommend?  When I looked for AMD HD 6770 on newegg, I saw also AMD HD6790.  I guess HD 6770 would suffice for my uses, no need to get HD 6790.  Would you agree?

Thanks.

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rdunnill
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The 6770 is a rebadged 5770 -- if you go AMD, I'd suggest a 7750, as it uses significantly less power than the 6770 and is more than adequate for the uses you describe.

The only reason to go with a more powerful card is gaming.

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Hi Oldjayhawk,

I understand that you have just used the computer for a few days. As you said that you only use the computer for word processing and watching HD videos. I am not too sure if you have come across any concern so far.

I see that you have already ordered top of the line video card available at the point of sale. I would personally recommend that you allow it more time to get used to it and only upgrade if you really face a concern.

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Amrinder D

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Kelbear1
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Re: Video card upgrade for Dell XPS 8300

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Agree.  It would be overkill for your purposes.  I would just stay with what you have.   The new HD 7750 is a good choice and probably the new 300 watt power supply king that a lot of Dells have over the HD 6670 even though your PSU is much larger and can handle more powerful cards.  The cost of the HD 7750 is reasonable and can actually do quite well in a lot of the newer games if that's in your future.   However, most prefer the HD 7770 for gaming for about $20 - $30 more as it would be better than the HD 6770, GTX 550 Ti and the HD 6790.  

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oldjayhawk
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Re: Video card upgrade for Dell XPS 8300

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Thanks for the information, everybody.  I have looked at HD 6770 and HD 7750 on newegg after reading the comments from everybody here.  Other than a price difference, I think the main difference is that HD 6770 is for a PCI Express 2.1 x16 bus, while HD 7750 is for PCI Express 3.0 x16.  Is PCI Express 3.0 better than PCI Express 2.1, being a newer standard?  But in terms of performance, would one definitely perform better than the other?  If I am not gaming, would either one of them give me very similar video quality when I watch HD video recorded with my camcorder, or when I watch youtube?

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rdunnill
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Re: Video card upgrade for Dell XPS 8300

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The 6770 is faster, but it uses much more power, generates more heat, and has a larger, noisier fan. It also requires an external power connection.

HIS makes a 7750 with the excellent Arctic Cooling Accelero L2 Pro that is compact, quiet, and cool-running, which wouldn't be quite as fast for gaming, but would suit your purposes better than a 6770.  

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