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Acualy Is Confusingkid

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#1 11 years ago

In a month or two, i should be getting a Dell XPS 410. It comes with 2 gb 667mhz ram,C2D 1.8 GHZ(upgrading) and a 320 GB hdd. I am going to upgrade the GFX from a GForce 8300 GS (never even heard of it) to a GForce 8600GTS. The problem is, i have to buy a new Power Supply because Dell only loads their PCs with 375W psus. But since the Case is BTX form, do i have to buy a BTX PSU? If so that sucks because i only found 1 btx PSU on newegg and it was an unknown brand. Any feedback is appreciated. Thanks




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#2 11 years ago

I dont know much about dells (to be honest i tend to steer clear of them) I really dont know if you have to buy the BTX PSU or not.. Im pretty sure there will be some way round this im just unsure as to what. What is the price difference like between them ?




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#3 11 years ago
Lawrence.Ahern;3853113I dont know much about dells (to be honest i tend to steer clear of them) I really dont know if you have to buy the BTX PSU or not.. Im pretty sure there will be some way round this im just unsure as to what. What is the price difference like between them ?

between atx and btx? my main problem is that there is 1 btx psu on newegg and it barely meets the requirements for the GFX card i'm getting.If i can use an ATX psu, i will have no problem whatsoever but if im forced to use btx, it will suck. I even looked on Dell's site to see if they had psu upgrades and they dont. Honestly, i wouldnt be getting a Dell, but it's free for me so im not going to complain.




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#4 11 years ago

Hell, if your gonna upgrade the CPU and Graphics Card why not just buy all the hardware and build the PC yourself? Probably cheaper than whatever how much Dell Wants




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#5 11 years ago

Are you sure you can't run the 8600 on that psu? I hear that people slap in 8600's and 8800's on the 375watter and have had no trouble. Dell supposedly underrates them a bit and the amperage they can handle is actually pretty good. See if you can read the psu nameplate for the 12v rail amps. If it's over 20, you're probably OK as is.

btw - here's some more BTX psu's. They are listed under ATX/BTX units. Never heard of that brand though...

ATX/BTX power supplies




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#6 11 years ago

I would go for it and use the stock PSU until it dies. Who knows, it may last for a long time.




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#7 11 years ago

I'm not sure if the 8600 even requires a power connector, especially a GTS. If not you may be OK with the 8600 if you aren't doing a lot of high end gaming, but that's mostly due to the 8600 not really being geared toward it. As always it depends on the settings you're willing to suffice with. Swapping out a PS in a name brand PC is not something you want to even try unless you go with a higher watt one fron Dell if they make one. Reason being name brand PCs have proprietary (exclusive) connector plugs/sockets between the MB and PS. This is one of the main ways other than their own hardware specs and BIOS they keep you from going elsewhere to upgrade parts. I've seen an HP PS as big as 575w now, but possible upgrade paths within each brand and model of PC are another story. Once you go custom you'll never go name brand again. Check this interesting site. You may find everything you need to know on this one page: Power It's so good I added it to my favorites and the name is easy to remember,...POWER! The thing to note on the 8600GTS in the example linked to is the processor used is a E6700 OCed to 3.2Ghz, and they're running 3DMark06, which puts a higher load than games do, and STILL they say a 400w PS ( a "quality one) can easily run the system shown. That's even if you add additional drives. If you bought a 3yr warranty from Dell and they say the 8600GTS won't break it, I'd say go ahead and use it with the existing PS.




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#8 11 years ago

*quoting everyone above* :p alright thanks for that, i heard that Dell makes good psus but i had to make sure it was enough. I didn't think it would be that big of a deal but just in case i had to ask.Thanks for all your guys' help.




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#9 11 years ago
>Omen<;3853901Once you go custom you'll never go name brand again.

So true.

Here's a link to the Dell discussion forums below. I used to read them when I was upgrading my old Dell. There are plenty of posts where people have claimed to run 8800gtx cards on the OEM Dell psu. Always good to post there before an upgrade due to possible proprietary conflicts you may encounter. From the looks of it, you can just buy your card, install it worry free and enjoy your games.

Link: Dell XPS Desktop forums




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#10 11 years ago

yeah i WAS going to do a custom build that would PWN a Dell XPS 410. Specs-EVGA 680i NForce Sli MOBO cpu-Intel C2D (not sure which model) but 2 ghz ram-2 gb a data ddr2 800 2x evga 8600 GT 250 GB hdd But the Dell is 100% free for me because my aunt is getting it for me as a VERY early graduation present. Thanks for the link EDIT: i just read some guy is using an 8800 GTX on the stock PSU. AWESOME!!




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