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Help Upgrading Alienware X51 Graphics Card


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#1 38devand

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Posted 03 April 2015 - 09:31 PM

Okay so I've seen other people have asked this question but I can't help but want to ask as well just to be 'really' sure. I always get nervous when buying stuff for my pc, but I have been having problems running some newer games and I need to upgrade.

Here is a link to the dxdiag info from my pc: http://a.pomf.se/fnpqqa.txt


And here is a link to the graphics card that I was thinking about buying: http://amzn.to/1J1PVYt


Will there be a problem with me using that card? I selected it because, after looking at the alienware website, that particular card, the 960, is the card that is used in the top of the line tier of X51 pc's that are available to purchase today. I figured that it would work because of that but I need to know for sure.

I love my pc and have a pretty good grasp on most software but I have never been the most knowledgeable when it comes to PC hardware. Please any help would be very appreciated!



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Posted 04 April 2015 - 07:41 AM

Okay so I've seen other people have asked this question but I can't help but want to ask as well just to be 'really' sure. I always get nervous when buying stuff for my pc, but I have been having problems running some newer games and I need to upgrade.

Here is a link to the dxdiag info from my pc: http://a.pomf.se/fnpqqa.txt


And here is a link to the graphics card that I was thinking about buying: http://amzn.to/1J1PVYt


Will there be a problem with me using that card? I selected it because, after looking at the alienware website, that particular card, the 960, is the card that is used in the top of the line tier of X51 pc's that are available to purchase today. I figured that it would work because of that but I need to know for sure.

I love my pc and have a pretty good grasp on most software but I have never been the most knowledgeable when it comes to PC hardware. Please any help would be very appreciated!

 

38Devand,

 

Yes, that video card should work.

 

The only issue that I am concerned about is the power supply unit (PSU).

 

According to the specs shown in this link:

 

http://www.evga.com/Products/Product.aspx?pn=02G-P4-2962-KR

 

Your computer must have a minimum of 400 watt PSU.

 

Turn off your computer, unplug it from the backside. Then, remove the side panel and look at the PSU label.

Look for wording like 'Total Watts'. That will tell you what you have in the computer.

 

If you have that already, then you are good to go!

 

If not, you will have to get a higher watt PSU.



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Posted 04 April 2015 - 09:06 AM

Hmm I think I might have an issue with my PSU, here is some more info that I gathered on other support sites where I posted this same issue:

 

Here is copy pasted info from Speccy:

Operating System
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
CPU
Intel Core i7 3770 @ 3.40GHz 54 °C
Ivy Bridge 22nm Technology
RAM
8.00GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 798MHz (11-11-11-28)
Motherboard
Alienware 06G6JW (CPU 1) 28 °C
Graphics
E241i-B1 (1920x1080@60Hz)
1535MB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 (NVIDIA) 45 °C
Storage
1863GB Seagate ST2000DM001-1CH164 ATA Device (SATA) 38 °C
Optical Drives
DTSOFT Virtual CdRom Device
HL-DT-ST DVDRWBD CA40N ATA Device
Audio
High Definition Audio Device

I looked through the inside of my tower and couldn't find any sticker like I've read that is supposed to be displayed for the PSU info, but took a look at my AC/DC adapter and the only info on it that I could make out was this:

AC/DC Adapter

Input: 100-240v ~ 4.4A 50-60Hz
Output: 19.5v - 16.9A

 

If what is written on that adapter is accurate for my power supply it looks like 240v is the maximum for my PSU  what do you think?



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Posted 04 April 2015 - 09:29 AM

Hmm I think I might have an issue with my PSU, here is some more info that I gathered on other support sites where I posted this same issue:

 

Here is copy pasted info from Speccy:

Operating System
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
CPU
Intel Core i7 3770 @ 3.40GHz 54 °C
Ivy Bridge 22nm Technology
RAM
8.00GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 798MHz (11-11-11-28)
Motherboard
Alienware 06G6JW (CPU 1) 28 °C
Graphics
E241i-B1 (1920x1080@60Hz)
1535MB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 (NVIDIA) 45 °C
Storage
1863GB Seagate ST2000DM001-1CH164 ATA Device (SATA) 38 °C
Optical Drives
DTSOFT Virtual CdRom Device
HL-DT-ST DVDRWBD CA40N ATA Device
Audio
High Definition Audio Device

I looked through the inside of my tower and couldn't find any sticker like I've read that is supposed to be displayed for the PSU info, but took a look at my AC/DC adapter and the only info on it that I could make out was this:

AC/DC Adapter

Input: 100-240v ~ 4.4A 50-60Hz
Output: 19.5v - 16.9A

 

If what is written on that adapter is accurate for my power supply it looks like 240v is the maximum for my PSU  what do you think?

 

38Devand,

 

No, 240v is not what we are looking for.

 

You do need to take the side panel off and see if you can read the label that is on the power supply unit.

 

If you cannot read it or if the label is on the other side... then you need to take off the other side panel in order to read the info that you need.



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Posted 04 April 2015 - 10:41 AM

from http://www.dell.com/us/p/alienware-x51-r2/pd, if you scroll down to bottom half of page, under sub-category of Chassis, there are power supply ratings for various Alienware x51 builds. They are all listed as either 240 Watt or 330 Watt.

 

If your computer has a PSU that is 330 Watts or less, you shouldn't buy this card. From what I have read, this card might draw up to 200 Watts by itself, while gaming. That is why you want a bigger PSU - 400 Watts may be enough, hard to say for sure.






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