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Upgrading video card in a Studio XPS 7100

  1. Hi all,

    I'm looking at upgrading my vid card and was looking for some outside opinions on what I should be aiming for. I have a studio XPS 7100 desktop with the following specs, AMD Phenom II X6 1045T 2.7ghz processor and also a 450W psu. I'm wanting to be able to run newer games. And do I need to upgrade my processor as well?


    Manufacturer Dell Inc.
    Model Studio XPS 7100
    Total amount of system memory 6.00 GB RAM
    System type 64-bit operating system
    Number of processor cores 6
    Storage
    Total size of hard disk(s) 919 GB
    Disk partition (C:) 772 GB Free (919 GB Total)
    Media drive (D:) CD/DVD
    Graphics
    Display adapter type ATI Radeon HD 5450
    Total available graphics memory 3839 MB
    Dedicated graphics memory 1024 MB
    Dedicated system memory 0 MB
    Shared system memory 2815 MB
    Display adapter driver version 8.740.0.0
    Primary monitor resolution 1920x1080
    DirectX version
    DirectX 10
     
  2. LukeDJ

    LukeDJ TS Addict Posts: 414   +112

    What sort of budget do you have for the graphics card?

    Your processor isn't too bad, and shouldn't give you a whole lot of bottlenecking issues unless you get a very high end graphics card.
     
  3. BrandonPedersen

    BrandonPedersen TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Well, the budget is flexible. I'd like to be around $100 to $150 if possible
     
  4. BrandonPedersen

    BrandonPedersen TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I'm looking at the radeon hd 7770 as an option. It looks like what I'm gunning for
     
  5. Blkfx1

    Blkfx1 TS Addict Posts: 890   +171

    For $100 - $150 I would recommend the 650Ti and if you could open up your budget a bit more. I would then go a bit higher for the HD 7850.
     
  6. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 3,566

    Exactly what Blkfx1 said.
     
  7. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 3,566

    Looks like they have a 460w psu. Should be ok, but I'd calculate to make sure: http://www.extreme.outervision.com/psucalculatorlite.jsp

    You will also want to confirm that your PSU has a GPU line. Easiest way to find out fast would be to peak inside your case and see if there is a power supply cable connected directly to your GPU. I'd be surprised if there isn't but you never know.
     
  8. JC713

    JC713 TS Evangelist Posts: 7,018   +912

    Brandon, make sure you dont get an OCed version since those suck up a lot of power and you dont have much flexibility here.
     
  9. BrandonPedersen

    BrandonPedersen TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks for all the help guys. I've checked out the 650Ti and it looks pretty solid and right about what I'm looking for. Just gonna check out for a GPU line and see how my power supply will hold up and should be good to go! Stoked!
     
  10. JC713

    JC713 TS Evangelist Posts: 7,018   +912

    Good luck.
     
  11. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 3,473   +622

    5450 isn't going to have a power cable attached. It's a Dell, with their own PSU... :(
     
     
  12. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 3,566

    I don't think dell has used proprietary parts for a while now have they? I thought they broke that habit. Let me do some homework, I'm curious now.
     
  13. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 3,566

    Here are a couple of ppl and their experiences:


     
  14. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 3,566

    You'll still need to confirm whether or not your current psu has the power connector going to your GPU. If not, you'll need a new PSU before you can upgrade your GPU.
     
  15. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 3,473   +622

    Well, yeah, that was my emphasis. The current PSu is designed for that machine, with GPU's containing power connectors most likely not supported.

    Secondly, depending on the model (as you investigated :) ) it may not be standard ATX form factor! Seems like in OP's case, he may be in luck on upgradeablity.
     
  16. BrandonPedersen

    BrandonPedersen TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Well fellas, thanks for all the help. My 650ti installed without a hitch and boy its beatiful!! Thanks again for helping a noob out
     
  17. BrandonPedersen

    BrandonPedersen TS Rookie Topic Starter

    There was a spare power connector already hanging out in the tower just waiting for a mate
     
  18. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 3,473   +622

    Good stuff, enjoy!
     
  19. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 3,566

    Great news!
     
  20. JC713

    JC713 TS Evangelist Posts: 7,018   +912

    Good luck with your new card. Install drivers from nvidia not from the CD!
     


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