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 Post subject: Upgrade to new Video Cards
 Post Posted: Wed Nov 23, 2011 11:15 am 
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What is the best pair (or single) of the newest Video cards I can drop in my pair of XPS 630i ?

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HDD: 750G, 500G, 500G
RAM: 8GB
Dual: nVidia GTX 660 SC 2 GB (4GB) in SLI
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 Post subject: Re: Upgrade to new Video Cards
 Post Posted: Wed Nov 23, 2011 3:34 pm 
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Hey can you give us a lot more information?

Posting your systems specs in your signature (like mine below) will help us point you in the right direction. Also your monitor size and resolution and what you use your XPS for are important. Thanks!

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 Post subject: Re: Upgrade to new Video Cards
 Post Posted: Mon Dec 05, 2011 10:51 pm 
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I have the same question. My 630I is running stock with 8gb RAM and Dual ATI 4850s that were Corssfired at one time. So essentially I have one 4850 right now and one doing nothing. I am using a 32" Sony for a Monitor at 1900x1080. It doubles for my office TV. have a 2nd video monitor that runs at 1900x12xx too, but the Sony looks good enough to use all the time.

I am wanting to upgrade to a better video card that can run Skyrim full tilt and still give me a "no jitter" performance.

Can I use a GEFORCE GTX570 HD for this?


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 Post subject: Re: Upgrade to new Video Cards
 Post Posted: Wed May 23, 2012 6:16 pm 
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I am also looking at the GTX570 ... is this as far we can go with the stock MOBO?

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I have two (2)
XPS 630i Red
Processor: Q9550 @ 2.83 GHz
HDD: 750G, 500G, 500G
RAM: 8GB
Dual: nVidia GTX 660 SC 2 GB (4GB) in SLI
Creative XFi Xtreme Gamer
O/S: MS Windows Vista Home Premium 64
40" Sony 1920 x 1080


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 Post subject: Re: Upgrade to new Video Cards
 Post Posted: Wed May 30, 2012 6:51 pm 
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Right now the only real limit to GPU upgrades in a stock 630i is the power supply. Don't expect it to run a pair of nvidia GTX 680s.

The CPU might be a limiting factor for some games, but really any GPU should work fine.

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 Post subject: Re: Upgrade to new Video Cards
 Post Posted: Wed Feb 19, 2014 5:51 pm 
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It has been awhile, but it looks like I'm about to pull the trigger and upgrade to a pair of GTX 660 SC.

It is a stright forward swap, the GTX 660 SuperClocked 2048MB require the single 6 pin power like the stock HD 4850 512MB and should just be over double the performance.

I'll let you know how it goes.

James

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I have two (2)
XPS 630i Red
Processor: Q9550 @ 2.83 GHz
HDD: 750G, 500G, 500G
RAM: 8GB
Dual: nVidia GTX 660 SC 2 GB (4GB) in SLI
Creative XFi Xtreme Gamer
O/S: MS Windows Vista Home Premium 64
40" Sony 1920 x 1080


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 Post subject: Re: Upgrade to new Video Cards
 Post Posted: Fri Feb 21, 2014 12:18 am 
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JABowders wrote:
It has been awhile, but it looks like I'm about to pull the trigger and upgrade to a pair of GTX 660 SC.

It is a stright forward swap, the GTX 660 SuperClocked 2048MB require the single 6 pin power like the stock HD 4850 512MB and should just be over double the performance.


Will increase gaming performance but because of the 630i mobo limitations with that Q9550, you will not experience the full power & awesome performance of that setup.

BTW...I highly recommend you buy either the MSI or ASUS Direct CU II OC 660. They can be OCed the highest & very easy to mod the bios for max OC & voltage (if you're into that :wink: )

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 Post subject: Re: Upgrade to new Video Cards
 Post Posted: Mon Mar 10, 2014 1:38 pm 
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I had to wait for my pair of SLI bridges to show up, and I did a test run in swapping the Video Cards... And I have issues.

Let me expound...

I have pair of "Identical" XPS 630i s. "Identical" is the catch, they are not exactly, the Sound Blaster Xi-Fi card is installed in different slots. Original Configuration: In PC1 it is installed in Slot 2 the PCI-E x1 slot (you should loose this slot when pairing Video cards but because the ATI HD 4850 is so thin it still fits. In PC 2 it is installed in Slot 3 the PCI-E x8 slot, great this is the slot it should be in. And it works great no issues. Here is the catch, when I try to move PC1’s Sound Blaster Xi-Fi card from Slot 2 to Slot 3 I am rewarded with constant BSODs.

I return the computer to its original configuration and all is fine. So after doing several hours of testing with PC1 and the issues I had from relocating the sound card, my video card swap has been delayed.

Remember the intent is to keep both machines identical. *

My current plan is to:
1. Keep the original Configuration of video cards, move the sound card and get it up and running in Slot 3 then do the video Card swap.
2. Remove the Sound Blaster Xi-Fi card and just use the onboard sound chipset (remembering to turn it on in the BIOS)
3. If option 2 is used, once the system is stable with the new video cards, reintroduce the Sound Blaster Xi-Fi card into Slot 3 and see if I can get the system up and running without the BSODs.

* Identical systems allow me to have a single cloned HDD so that when (and it has happened) a primary drive fails, I can quickly swap it out and be up and running again.

I write this in hopes that maybe someone else has experienced this and can share with me what they did to overcome the BSODs from the Sound Blaster Xi-Fi card being moved into Slot 3 from Slot 2.

Thanks for your time…

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I have two (2)
XPS 630i Red
Processor: Q9550 @ 2.83 GHz
HDD: 750G, 500G, 500G
RAM: 8GB
Dual: nVidia GTX 660 SC 2 GB (4GB) in SLI
Creative XFi Xtreme Gamer
O/S: MS Windows Vista Home Premium 64
40" Sony 1920 x 1080


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 Post subject: Re: Upgrade to new Video Cards
 Post Posted: Mon Mar 17, 2014 5:57 pm 
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UPDATE:
PC-1
-HDD Cloned
-2 x nVidia GTX 660 SCs (SLI) installed and working without issue.
-Creative Sound Blaster XFi Xtreme Gamer PCI-E issues, will not work in MOBO slot 3 (PCI-E x8) slot. when installed causes BSODs and other failures.
++ Yes I still have sound, via the Digital Out, DVI-D to HDMI ++

PC-2
-HDD Cloned
-2 x nVidia GTX 660 SCs (SLI) installed and working without issue.
NOTE: Creative Sound Blaster XFi Xtreme Gamer PCI-E was installed in the MOBO slot 3, no issues.
Path Forward:
I will attempt to install one of my older Creative Sound Blaster Live! 64 cards (PCI) later.

Makes me wonder how many other 630i came in the Crossfire configeration with the sound card mounted in either the MOBO slot 2 or 3?

James

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I have two (2)
XPS 630i Red
Processor: Q9550 @ 2.83 GHz
HDD: 750G, 500G, 500G
RAM: 8GB
Dual: nVidia GTX 660 SC 2 GB (4GB) in SLI
Creative XFi Xtreme Gamer
O/S: MS Windows Vista Home Premium 64
40" Sony 1920 x 1080


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 Post subject: Re: Upgrade to new Video Cards
 Post Posted: Mon Mar 17, 2014 7:59 pm 
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I never had a slot issue with my Xtreme Gamer card I bought years ago for my 630i, but I ditched it due to horrible popping noises and Creative's "go jump" attitude toward their customers with the whole refusing-to-update-drivers fiasco.

In comparison, my ASUS Xonar DX 7.1 has worked very well. Once in a blue moon the audio will lock up requiring a reboot, but it's very rare. I don't think there are any audio cards out there that function 100% all the time (I know; big surprise there). :)

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 Post subject: Re: Upgrade to new Video Cards
 Post Posted: Fri Mar 21, 2014 5:33 pm 
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PCI sound card did not work. I tried a Sound Blaster Live 64, drivers wouldn't load.

Decided that I'll just forgo the sound card, since I have sound though the DVI-D to HDMI connector to the TV I use as a monitor, I'll just use the Audio out with RCA male to 3.5 mini female plug, hook my speakers up that way.

Now, I'll look at doing the Video Card Upgrade to my XPS 720... let the fun continue.

Parting Shot: The paired GTX 660 SC, work great, I have been able to increase eye candy levels across the board and eleminated video stutter on some of the more intense games.

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I have two (2)
XPS 630i Red
Processor: Q9550 @ 2.83 GHz
HDD: 750G, 500G, 500G
RAM: 8GB
Dual: nVidia GTX 660 SC 2 GB (4GB) in SLI
Creative XFi Xtreme Gamer
O/S: MS Windows Vista Home Premium 64
40" Sony 1920 x 1080


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