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OscarBlanco
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Video card upgrade for XPS 8700 i3

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Hello people.

I'm not tech savvy.

So I can't really know about that PCI 2.0 or 3.0 stuff, or what PSU W my computer has.

All I know, is that even though I love it, and it's never failed me, it's falling a little short now for some stuff, for instance: gaming.

So, I was thinking a video card upgrade was in order, before I actually get to the point where I have to just get a new CPU. Right now, I can't afford it, so video upgrade sounds like the best option.

Anyway, everything in the box is factory original. I know it's an i5 and it has 8GB of ram. A 1 TB drive. And it's still running win 8.1 64bits (I'm not convinced yet about Win 10).

If I go to a place like amazon, I get overwhelmed with video card options, and it's just impossible to know what will actually work.
I have read stuff about PSU, and PCI, that's why I mentioned it, but honestly, I wouldn't know what actually works.

I'm  hoping to find something under $200, with (hopefully) 4GB of ram? 
I edit video and do 3d from time to time, and as mentioned above, game.

Most of my work is in Photoshop and other design apps.

I run dual monitors, so a dual display card would be awesome, hopefully in the same type of analog or digital connection (for balanced color display purposes).

So... any ideas? I'm being very specific, but I think that's a good thing, right?

Anyway, thanks for any help! I'm hoping I can get at least one more year out of this GREAT computer!

I found this one, which looks awesome, but I think it requires more power than what the CPU has? 
www.amazon.com/.../ref=ox_sc_act_title_1


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RE: Video card upgrade for XPS 8500

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Hi OscarBlanco,

Thank you for reaching out to Dell Community Forum.

Depending on the type of motherboard below is the video cards supported and tested with the XPS 8500:

Integrated - Intel HD 2500 and HD 4000

Discrete (PCI Express x16 card) - NVIDIA GT 620/ GT 640

AMD Radeon HD 7570/ HD 7770/ HD 7870

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RE: Video card upgrade for XPS 8500

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I found this one, which looks awesome, but I think it requires more power than what the CPU has? 
www.amazon.com/.../ref=ox_sc_act_title_1

It might need a power supply upgrade, but it looks like a good budget choice.

The XPS 8500 has plenty of life in it. CPUs are not increasing in power by quantum leaps anymore.

Dan-H
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RE: Video card upgrade for XPS 8500

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GT 740 is a lackluster card. two major generations back ( there was no 8xx series for desktop cards)

I suggest a GTX 1060, or possibly a GTX 1050 ti

The 1060 comes in 3GB and 6GB versions.

www.bhphotovideo DOT com/c/product/1275083-REG/msi_geforce_gtx_1060_gaming.html

www.bhphotovideo DOT com/c/product/1292076-REG/msi_gtx_1050_ti_gaming_x_4g_geforce_gtx_1050_ti.html

Both will work with the OEM power supply in the 8500.

Dan-H
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RE: Video card upgrade for XPS 8500

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One more thing. You did not mention what monitors you have.

the GTX 10x0 series does not have VGA. They dropped the analog.

Hopefully you have DVI or display port otherwise you should look at a GTX 9x0 series graphics card.

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OscarBlanco
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RE: Video card upgrade for XPS 8500

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I actually just noticed my mistake.

The CPU is not a 8500 but a 8700!

Sorry about this.

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OscarBlanco
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RE: Video card upgrade for XPS 8500

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Thanks.

I have two monitors, both have capacity for dvi.

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Dan-H
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RE: Video card upgrade for XPS 8700 i3

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I actually just noticed my mistake.

The CPU is not a 8500 but a 8700!

Sorry about this.

The 8700 requires BIOS A10 for GTX 9x0 or 10x0 cards to work, and A11 if you are on Windoze 10.

The BIOS update must be done before you install the new card,  otherwise,  the same suggestions for the xps 8500 still apply.

The GTX 1060 is perhaps the best bang for buck upgrade because you don't need a power supply upgrade.

Note that some graphics cards have a single 6 pin PCIe connector, and some have a single 8 pin. The Dell PSU has two six pin, so if the card has an 8 pin, you need a power cable adapter that takes two 6 pin PCIe connectors and combines it to one 8 pin. Some of the cards include this adapter, some do not. If it is not included you can find them on eBay or new egg or maybe amazon for under $10 shipped.

If you want to see lots of examples of what others are doing, you can checkout this thread. I would start at the end and work back because much of this is 970 and 980 cards before the 1060/1070/1080 cards were released.

http://en.community.dell.com/support-forums/desktop/f/3515/t/19611037

good luck !

OscarBlanco
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RE: Video card upgrade for XPS 8700 i3

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Thank you so much!

I looked up the card on amazon, what version would be the one you're talking about?

www.amazon.com/.../B01KIJ7XQG

I assume I would get the BIOS upgrade somewhere on the Dell website right?

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Dan-H
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RE: Video card upgrade for XPS 8700 i3

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MSI sells fourteen models of the GTX 1060. Here is my opinion to narrow it down.

I like MSI graphics cards, and (we family) have owned four recently (GTX 760/770 and two GTX 970).

I like the "Twin Frozr" cooler and have the MSI GTX 970 gaming 4G in an xps 8700 and it runs cool and quiet.

Which GTX 1060 is a price per sub-feature.

The first choice is 3GB vs 6GB. I would spend a little more for the 6GB.

The next choice is the "Gaming 3G vs the "Gaming X 3G

The difference is subtle. basically the X has slightly more overclock in Gaming and OC mode, and a slight memory overclock in OC mode. The bold lines are the differences.

GeForce GTX 1060 GAMING 6G
1746 MHz / 1531 MHz (OC Mode)
1733 MHz / 1518 MHz (Gaming Mode)
1708 MHz / 1506 MHz (Silent Mode)

GDDR5 192­bit
8000 MHz (OC Mode)
8000 MHz (Gaming Mode)
8000 MHz (Silent Mode)

GeForce GTX 1060 GAMING X 6G

1809 MHz / 1594 MHz (OC Mode)
1784 MHz / 1569 MHz (Gaming Mode)
1708 MHz / 1506 MHz (Silent Mode)

GDDR5 192­bit
8100 MHz (OC Mode)
8000 MHz (Gaming Mode)
8000 MHz (Silent Mode)

if it were me, I'd spend a little more for the Gaming X 6 GB, and run it in Gaming or OC mode.

BH Photo has it on sale for $239 after rebate.

 www DOT bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1264797-REG/msi_geforce_gtx_1060_gaming.html 

I've bought from BH Photo before without any concerns. The've been in business for decades. They are closed for taking orders on Saturday's. Also looks like they are out of stock so shipping is delayed. Same on Amazon I think.

Good luck.

ps: I am thinking of buying this card to upgrade the GTX 760 in one of our 8700s. Waiting for a killer price. This isn't bad but I was looking for $199.

And yes, hit the support page for your system and you'll find drivers and downloads there.

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