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Old 12-31-2012, 08:20 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi everyone,

I have just bought a pc off my brother and want to upgrade it for gaming as much as possible and maybe a bit of future-proofing at the same time. I have about 500 and system is as follows:

dell XPS420
Q6600 processor at 2.4GHz
X38 motherboard
3GB ram
450GTS 1GB graphics card
uprated power supply (not sure what exactly)
windows vista 32bit

I was thinking of getting a windows 8 64bit and increasing RAM to 8GB as a start but not sure what to do from there?

many thanks

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Old 12-31-2012, 01:22 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Difficult to upgrade DELL PC's - mainly due to power supply- I do not think you can just buy any PSU and switch them out- something about a proprietary power supply- so you have to order from DELL, and Dell only- you need to confirm that as I have no actual experience with that- but had heard/read that that is the case. First, check that out and see if you can get a rated power supply in it and go from there. Without a better PSU - you will be very limited on upgrading the GPU, etc. Also at a CPU speed of 2.4 Ghz you will still be limited, not sure about overclocking on a DELL MOBO either. How old is the PC?
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With the dell XPS420 s you can use any standard power supply.

Unless you need a new video card, you don't need a new one.

The lable should have the ratings which will tell you the info.
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He has a 450, how does he not need one?

New PSU, Windows 7 or 8 64bit, 8GB of RAM, and a better GPU somewhere in the GTX660ti range and you will be good if you can afford all that. The CPU is still decent, but getting a tad aged for today's games.
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Thanks for the help,

the PSU is already upgraded to a novatech 80 plus 500W modular

was thinking of going for 8GB of RAM and have now updated to windows 8 64bit.

If I was to get a GTX660ti would I need to up the power supply, it says 450W minimum on the nvidia website? I'm assuming the GTX660 would just fit straight in too?

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The psu will "work" but its just enough.

Your biggest concern with the 660ti will be physical size in the case, so do some measuring.
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660ti should be about the length of that board. Weary on that PSU but it should work for either that or the ti.
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hmmm... I thought that dells were tough to change out parts? OR it is because his is a XPS versions it can be upgraded? Or has dell changed and all the Dell PC's can be upgraded now?
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Certain models have proprietary parts. For instance, you can't put another board in that case and you can't put that board in another case. His PSU is just a standard ATX PSU though. Some XPS cases can accept different PSUs and boards. It just all depends on how they made it.
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