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Windows 7: SLI with Geforce GTS 240?

18 Jan 2010   #11
SlackerITGuy

Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Here.

Now, In order to know what PSU you have, you might have to open up your DELL Studio 540.

Or.... Maybe DELL has something like a 24/7 tech chat or something...


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18 Jan 2010   #12
nad

Windows 7
 
 

I can open it but do i have to take them apart? >.<
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19 Jan 2010   #13
SlackerITGuy

Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by nad View Post
I can open it but do i have to take them apart? >.<
I think the right move would be going to DELL's Support Home Page and asking them about your PSU (whether it supports SLI or not).

Maybe opening up the case voids the warranty.
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19 Jan 2010   #14
nad

Windows 7
 
 

k i'll do that. The motherboard is manufactured by dell inc. Model is 0M017G - A00
Chipset: Intel - P45/P43 Rev.: A3
South bridge: Intel - 82801JR (ICH10R)
LPCIO Fintek - F8000

doesn't say anything about sli =/
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19 Jan 2010   #15
stormy13
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

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doesn't say anything about sli =/
And it won't for good reason, there is one little thing missing from the motherboard to make it happen, a second PCI-E x16/x8 slot,

Documentation

only has one.
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19 Jan 2010   #16
bobkn

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1
 
 

And, as the motherboard uses a G45 chipset, it wouldn't support SLI even if it had multiple PCI-E X16 slots.

nVidia licenses SLI for the Intel X58 chipset (socket 1366), and they may also permit it on some of the socket 1156 chipset, but as far as I know nVidia reserves SLI only for their own motherboards for Socket 775.

Looks like the only GPU upgrade would be a wholly new graphics card. I'm not sure what would be a cost-effective upgrade, though. An ATI Radeon HD4850 is a relatively good deal at the moment ($130 and less for the 1GB version at www.newegg.com), but I'm not sure it's enough better to be worthwhile.
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19 Jan 2010   #17
Frostmourne

Windows 7 Ultimate x86-64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bobkn View Post
And, as the motherboard uses a G45 chipset, it wouldn't support SLI even if it had multiple PCI-E X16 slots.

nVidia licenses SLI for the Intel X58 chipset (socket 1366), and they may also permit it on some of the socket 1156 chipset, but as far as I know nVidia reserves SLI only for their own motherboards for Socket 775.

Looks like the only GPU upgrade would be a wholly new graphics card. I'm not sure what would be a cost-effective upgrade, though. An ATI Radeon HD4850 is a relatively good deal at the moment ($130 and less for the 1GB version at www.newegg.com), but I'm not sure it's enough better to be worthwhile.
4850 will choke at higher resolutions. If you buy DirectX 10.1 buy one at the top of the pile like a 4890.
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19 Jan 2010   #18
bobkn

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Frostmourne View Post
4850 will choke at higher resolutions. If you buy DirectX 10.1 buy one at the top of the pile like a 4890.
Upgrading is a slippery slope. The 4890 is better than a 4850, but they are $200 and $130 cards (www.newegg.com). The 4870 is midway between ($175), and is the same as a 4890, but with lower clocks.

I don't know what's a good match to a quad 9400, in a Dell appliance PC.
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20 Jan 2010   #19
nad

Windows 7
 
 

yeah, turns out i don't even have an extra sli slot either. Along with what many of you said. Thanks for helping me guys, appreciate it. Guess i'll stick with this mediocre card for few more months and see if i want to invest money on cards like the newest gtx series.
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27 Mar 2010   #20
nathanpants

windows 7
 
 
buying gts

so what was that web site that sold the GTS 240? i've got the same problem as you and can't find one of these anywhere.
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