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Dell XPS 8300 w/ Radeon 6850

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Hi all,

I just purchases a Dell XPS 8300 and am looking to upgrade the GPU. Here are the stats on the PC:

Intel Core i7 2600 3.4 gHz
8 GB DDR3 @ 1333 mHz
Geforce GT530

From what I read, this PC has a 460W PSU with one 6-pin connector. Can I run a Radeon 6850 (and will it fit the in the case)? Will I notice a significant increase in graphics performance? Is there a better option for a GPU upgrade within the limitations of the build?

Thanks!
post #2 of 7
To be honest, if you can return it you should do so since you have to upgrade a brand new rig it seems to me like it wasn't build just for you.

Other than that, the 460 watt will probably be enough for a 6850, but(there is always a but) dell use crap PSU's in their rig.
I wouldn't count on that PSU.
post #3 of 7
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I know I could have squeezed more performance out of a home-build system, but I get a sizable discount on Dell through work, so I couldn't touch the price. I got the whole system for about the cost of the processor itself. That also means no returns. The GPU is the only downfall, and I wanted to see about upgrading it at less than the cost that Dell offers upgrades at.
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I know I could have squeezed more performance out of a home-build system, but I get a sizable discount on Dell through work, so I couldn't touch the price. I got the whole system for about the cost of the processor itself. That also means no returns. The GPU is the only downfall, and I wanted to see about upgrading it at less than the cost that Dell offers upgrades at.
Then it's not bad.
You could probably run that 6850 on that power supply but be ready to shell out a few bucks for a quality 450-550 watts psu.
post #5 of 7
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Sounds good to me.

Also, how reliable are the new AMD Radeon cards? The last experience I have had was when they were with ATI approximately 8 years ago, when GPUs were single slot PCI cards with no on-board cooling. That one had such severe overheating problems that it had scorch marks on the card.
post #6 of 7
You should be fine. The 6850 doesn't use that much power. And the cards come with heatsinks and fans so they shouldn't overheat like that.
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If your worried about space, then go for a gtx 460 or 560,) (Non-ti). They're shorter than the 6850, from what I remember. Also a bit more powerful. I think the PSU requirements were 450-watt too.

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