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Old October 11, 2013, 05:02 PM
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I have a client with a decent Dell XPS and the current GPU is a 560 I believe. The problem is that their kids are playing games which are causing the card to overheat (maxes out at 104c during the Heaven benchmark) and then the display goes to sleep mode due to no signal and the computer freezes. The two options are getting a card that works in the current configuration (460W PSU and 3770, nothing else power wise to speak of), or going with a new PSU and a card in the $200-$300 range (best bang for buck).

They have a 24" 1080p monitor and not entire sure which games they play but they do have a steam account if that helps.

I know the client would rather just get a GPU and be done with it so that would be the first choice but I offered to quote both options.

What would you guys do?

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Old October 11, 2013, 05:05 PM
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Getting another card isn't going to help nothing. You need to get more cooling through that system pronto or EVERYTHING is going to cook.
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Old October 11, 2013, 05:07 PM
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I have a client with a decent Dell XPS and the current GPU is a 560 I believe. The problem is that their kids are playing games which are causing the card to overheat (maxes out at 104c during the Heaven benchmark)

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That's problem no1. Fan/coling issues? I still run a 560ti448, the Twin Frozr edition from MSI and rarely see anything above 65c last I checked. Hitting 90+ shows there is something wrong there to begin with. Performance degrades with heat for sure also.
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Old October 11, 2013, 06:24 PM
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OP,

My only warning....make sure you double check all connector types you need for that XPS rig...mobo and everything...sometimes DELL uses proprietary connectors. sometimes, the MOBO power connector is weird and different on a purpose, so regular custom PSUs don't match....

Also, cooling is bad in those cases. My buddy tried to upgrade his XPS, but had several issues, then he chose to start CUSTOM from scratch...

There is MOD logs out there for some people like you who are trying to MOD an XPS...maybe that would help....
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Old October 12, 2013, 09:28 AM
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Go with a GPU of comparable power, but with a good cooling solution. I would look at a 7850 should be in the same power range or lower. Is difficult to add additional cooling on brand computers, maybe a fan on the side, if the side is perforated, but usually the problem is cooling and is done like that intentionally so you keep buying new stuff.
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Old October 12, 2013, 09:30 AM
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Aren't there cards that vent out of the case? That would probably help the situation quite a bit.
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Old October 12, 2013, 10:43 AM
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Personally I would try fix the heat issue before upgrading... open the side and point a desk fan at it (after giving everything a good clean) and see what it does then..

If it is seriously lacking cooling I would sort that first then look at upgrades if needed and, as said above, be wary of non-standard connections etc.
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Just so that the people here can get an idea of the airflow, is your client's Dell the one in the following link (save for the 7870)? Dell XPS 8500 Review - Desktops - CNET Reviews

If you want straight up product suggestions. I'd go with a GTX 650 ti boost and a PSU of your choice maybe something like: EVGA GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost - System Build - PCPartPicker Canada

Probably get a good 120 exhaust on the case too.
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