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I've been searching these forums for hours and have been unsuccessful in answering what I expect is a basic question:

"What are recommended video cards for my new XPS 8300?"

I am not particularly interested in upgrading my power supply.  Obviously, this will dramatically cut down on the available cards. 

I've ordered an XPS 8300 with an i5 CPU and want a more gaming-capable video card.

These cards may be ordered with a new system similar to mine:

1GB GDDR5 NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 545
AMD Radeon™ HD 6770
AMD Radeon™ HD 6870

Can anyone tell me what specific manufacturers' versions of these cards are installed by Dell?  Or what other manufacturers/models fit and work in an XPS 8300?

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  • Following-up:

    I purchased a XFX Double D HD-687A-ZDFC Radeon HD 6870 and it fit very easily in my XPS 8300.  It is whisper-quiet, and the operating temperature is very cool. 


    No modifications to the power supply.


    Thanks for your assistance!

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  • Tulanian

    http://en.community.dell.com/support-forums/desktop/f/3514/p/19442678/20088799.aspx#20088799

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  • Hi, Shesagordie, this information is helpful, listing the OEM graphics cards.

    I called Dell and got quotes on the in-stock video cards.  Unfortunately, the few which were in stock were extremely expensive, compared with aftermarket models.  For example, an OEM Radeon HD 6870 lists for $470!

    So, I'll repeat my request: can anyone tell me, definitively, what are better video cards which they know to work with an XPS 8300?  Preferably cards within a price range of $150 - $250.

    I found this discussion, in which a  Gigabyte GTX 560 Ti 1GB OC (900MHz) is found to work without a PSU swap:

    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/329824-33-dell-8300-460w-geforce

    I may go with this configuration myself; anybody else have recommendations for known-to-work cards for an XPS 8300?

  • Following-up:

    I purchased a XFX Double D HD-687A-ZDFC Radeon HD 6870 and it fit very easily in my XPS 8300.  It is whisper-quiet, and the operating temperature is very cool. 


    No modifications to the power supply.


    Thanks for your assistance!

  • I saw your post and am interested in the card you are suggesting. I have an XPS 8300 from about 8 months ago, and I believe the PSU is 460W. The existing card is a 5450, and I have checked and I have 2 6 pin connectors. On the website for XFX it says it needs a 500W power supply.

    I am concerned about the PSU and it fitting in. It looks short so it would probably fit, but I haven't found the dimensions yet. Do you know if your PSU is 460W as well ? 

    Thanks

  • Hi, according to the specs located at the site where I purchased mine, the dimensions of this card are 10.3" x 4.4" x 1.5".

    I, too was nervous about putting in this card; I was reassured by these posts:

    First, from this forum, Dell Liason Chris M saying that a Radeon HD 6950 would work: linky

    Note that this site lists the power requirements for both the 6950 and the 6870 to be an identical 500 watts: linky

    This user from another board found the 6870 to work fine in his XPS 8300: linky - this is the single-fan version of the one I purchased.

    Viewing the comments for the XPS 6870 dual-fan, one other user commented on it fitting in his XPS 8300: linky

    I found a number of discussions on Tom's Hardware forums where the consensus was that Dell is conservative in rating the output for the PSU for the XPS 8300.  This seems to confirm it.  If you want to be conservative, a Radeon HD 6850 is a little bit slower, but has a power rating of 450 watts.  It's shorter and cheaper, too!

    I am no PC bulder, but I was able to locate the two six-pin connectors, and, with no tool other than a screwdriver, get the card installed.  The only challenge was getting one of the cables (I recall it was a SATA cable from the motherboard to a hard drive) to "stretch" around the end card and still plug in.  A few choice swear words later, it was in.

     

  • One more link: from this forum, a list of video cards verified to work in the XPS 8300.

    http://en.community.dell.com/support-forums/desktop/f/3514/p/19442678/20088799.aspx#20088799

    The text below includes the model number for the Dell OEM version of the card, the card name, the Passmark benchmark score and, according to Passmark, the average discount price, as of April, 2012.

    HWHRN                AMD Radeon HD5670       1235         70
    GCJ42                   AMD Radeon HD5770       1691       114
    2XTG4                   AMD Radeon HD5870       2748       199
    HCVMH                 AMD Radeon HD6450         358         39
    8F60V                    AMD Radeon HD6670       1196        74
    8PJF8                    AMD Radeon HD6770       1749       109
    Y9XH7                   AMD Radeon HD6870       2827       159
    4VDWW                 AMD Radeon HD6950       3050       249
    WGP2G                 Nvidia GTX560                    2909       230

     

  • Hi im new to forums like this one! though i would like to know if the old xps the 8300 not the 8500 supports the new amd cards i want to get a hd 7770. Will it work with my system?