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Windows 7: Top 770 GPU ?

20 Jun 2014   #11
VXER

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Great,@Boozad that's true it only supports 330w on its original state but with this method you can shove a Titan z with a 1600w psu
and its not the system,the system has nothing to do with it ..they mean that the whole x51 system as in a whole PC cant handle it cuz it uses a AC adapter of 330w max(DEll though its better not to make anything higher than 330w for it, a so called "GAMING PC") ,but with this case mod that problem is overriding and any GPU/PSU can be used with it.
Ill be sure to open a thread about it here once i'm done with it.


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20 Jun 2014   #12
badger906

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, & Mac OS X 10.9.2
 
 

id just buy a new case.. if your investing in a new psu and a new gpu a little bit more money will get you a new case.. without having to mod anything. Its also the perfect time to do cable management as youre getting a new psu..
cant see things being cooled very well, and or vastly safe with half a psu sticking out the back..
just my 2 cents..
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20 Jun 2014   #13
paulpicks21

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Boozad View Post
I've no idea really Paul, I've just read lots of info where people have said 'the system won't support more than 330W'. I've really no idea what that means to be honest, can motherboards be capped to what power supply they're safe with?
I don't know what they mean by "system" mate, I am guessing as a whole but I am not aware of a motherboard that would limit what power of GPU you put in provided the PSU was adequate.
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20 Jun 2014   #14
paulpicks21

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by badger906 View Post
id just buy a new case.. if your investing in a new psu and a new gpu a little bit more money will get you a new case.. without having to mod anything. Its also the perfect time to do cable management as youre getting a new psu..
cant see things being cooled very well, and or vastly safe with half a psu sticking out the back..
just my 2 cents..
Good advice, even a relatively cheap case would do the job much better than you have right now.
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20 Jun 2014   #15
Boozad

W7 Pro x64 SP1 | W10 Pro IP x64 | W8.1 Pro x64 VM | Linux Mint VM
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by paulpicks21 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Boozad View Post
I've no idea really Paul, I've just read lots of info where people have said 'the system won't support more than 330W'. I've really no idea what that means to be honest, can motherboards be capped to what power supply they're safe with?
I don't know what they mean by "system" mate, I am guessing as a whole but I am not aware of a motherboard that would limit what power of GPU you put in provided the PSU was adequate.
Nor me mate, I about gave up on reading about it to be honest as it wasn't making much sense. I understood the physical constraints of the case and knew a rough-as-arseholes modification would allow the PSU to 'fit', but I couldn't find anything about anyone doing it successfully either and just kept seeing that message.

I'd go with Badger's advice though and buy a new case.
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20 Jun 2014   #16
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

I have no idea why a motherboard would care if one uses a power supply with lots of watts.
The power supply will only give the motherboard what the motherboard ask for.
If the needed upgrade in power supply doesn't fit in the case; get another case. It's that simple.
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21 Jun 2014   #17
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

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22 Jun 2014   #18
smarteyeball

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by paulpicks21 View Post
I am pretty certain ACX is the cooling system by evga google it and it should show you.
Yep. The ACX is EVGA's own aftermarket 2 fan, dual slot cooler. Pretty quiet and effective by all accounts. (Wish I'd waited an extra month for them to come into stock when I got my 780s... )

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by paulpicks21 View Post

I don't know what they mean by "system" mate, I am guessing as a whole but I am not aware of a motherboard that would limit what power of GPU you put in provided the PSU was adequate.
You got it. By system, I'm pretty sure the OP is referring to the fact that the current total system draw capability is 330W because of the low power Dell PSU. Nothing to do with the motherboard at all.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Boozad View Post
I understood the physical constraints of the case and knew a rough-as-arseholes modification would allow the PSU to 'fit',


That is a much better description that "ghetto mod".



OP, I also echo the sentiments about getting a new case rather than spending time modding the Dell case. Plenty of cheap mid/full tower cases out there.

However double check your current motherboard is either m-ATX or ATX form factor and not Dells BTX. If it's a BTX it will not fit an ATX case because the motherboard holes are different.
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22 Jun 2014   #19
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

I wouldn`t waste a dime upgrading a Dell computer.

Other then adding memory or an ssd, and the video card you could always use on a future build.
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23 Jun 2014   #20
logicearth

Windows 10 Pro (x64)
 
 

Which ever graphics card you get, it needs to be as close to reference as possible, at least physical size and it must use a blower style cooler. An aftermarket shroud and cooler will not work in this small form factor.

So do not get the EVGA ACX model.


And for fyi, the Alienware x51 is a mini-ITX system, standard mini-ITX can easily swap the board if you wanted.
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