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nVidia GTS240 upgrade ( DELL OEM)


Antz

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My dell XPS 8100 (i7 860) based PC is running with an OEM nVidia GTS240 graphics card. The PC uses a Liteon PS6351 PSU 350watt. I need to change out the graphics card as the fan is beginning to fail. I'm trying to get something a little better spec'd that can be matched with the 350Watt PSU. I really can't afford to be upgrading too many components at the moment. I've read that the Radeon HD 5750 may be an option. Does anybody have some words of wisdom?

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gengiscant

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For a start you will be changing a Nvidia graphics card to an ATI graphics card which will make any swap just a little more tricky as you will need to remove Nvidia drivers and them install ATI drivers. Not a big deal but it would be easier to remain with Nvidia and just upgrade.

You have not mentioned a budget which would help.

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Antz

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gengiscant.......first of all , apologies for dual post, had already posted in other forum when I found this one to be more active.

I don't mind swapping out drivers although I have heard that nVidia cards give better results with Flight Sim ( for some reason). My budget is about £100 sterling. I'm not a performance junkie , the only game I play is FSX which is more reliant on CPU than GPU but I would still like to get something decent while I'm at it. I really would like to keep the 350W PSU though as I am a bit stuck for cash at the moment. BTW, there are no addition cards in my case so space doesn't appear to be a problem.

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gengiscant

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The power supply might be a stumbling block but I should think that it might be possible to upgrade the PSU,if necessary and the GPU for £100. I'll have a look and get back to you.

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gengiscant

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About the best I could come up with is a GTX460 768mb preowned would be a nice step up and would leave enough £ left over to buy a cheapo psu.

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Antz

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Thanks a million, It does look like I will have to spend a few quid to make my purchase worthwhile. I'm amazed at how little has changed in 2 yrs. The GTS 240 isn't a bad card when you look at the specs compared to other sub £100 cards around at the moment.

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