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 Post subject: XPS 630i GPU Adventure
 Post Posted: Wed Oct 15, 2014 10:13 pm 
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Greetings all!

I have been reading these forums for years, but never joined until recently. I took an extended break from gaming for a while...having kids will do this...but I am looking to get back into the fold. The caveat to this is that I am not willing to sink in a ton of money to do so. I want to gauge the time spent before I go too far.

Since I now work from home, I have witnessed the choppiness with what I currently have and I fully expected it. After the stock one burned out a few years ago, I get this one as a freebie and never thought twice about it. Well, I am thinking twice about it now. I would like to upgrade to something that will cause the least amount of resistance. So, I was hoping I could get a little insight from the masses.

With that being said, I have been eyeballing the GeForce GTX 660, GTX 750 Ti, and the GTX 760. All of those can be found for a decent price and would allow me to watch HD material and game without issue. Does anyone have a preference or any tips on what I should watch out for?

I appreciate it.

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 Post subject: Re: XPS 630i GPU Adventure
 Post Posted: Thu Oct 16, 2014 5:40 pm 
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IMO it depends on how long you plan to keep your 630i in stock condition; if you have no plans to upgrade for a couple years or so, I would go with the GTX 660, since (IIRC) it should give the best return on performance without being bottlenecked by your (old by today's standards) CPU. The 6xx-series of cards are the 'last stop' in that regard.

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 Post subject: Re: XPS 630i GPU Adventure
 Post Posted: Thu Oct 16, 2014 8:33 pm 
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Agree with gdonner; however, you might want to give some consideration to a 750Ti. The performance is very good (although less than the 660); the big plus is very low power requirements...doesn't even need an auxiliary power cable to the card...and it's a little cheaper.

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 Post subject: Re: XPS 630i GPU Adventure
 Post Posted: Thu Oct 16, 2014 9:01 pm 
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Realistically, those are the two that I am really torn between. Ultimately, I would say that this has about a 12-24 month shelf life at maximum. I have a backlog of games and movies that I want to enjoy as I prepare for some upcoming releases.

If I were to consider upgrades, I would have to take a deeper look at things. Where would you guys recommend I start? Power supply, RAM, or dare I say the Mobo? It's been a while since I tinkered so I am just being cautious.

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 Post subject: Re: XPS 630i GPU Adventure
 Post Posted: Sat Oct 18, 2014 8:07 pm 
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The GTX 660Ti works fine in the 630i. You could always upgrade ram to 8Gb and if your able to get it, get Windows 7 64 bit upgrade. Vista is terrible.

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 Post subject: Re: XPS 630i GPU Adventure
 Post Posted: Tue Oct 21, 2014 5:24 am 
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I think I am leaning towards this card: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6814130967. The price and performance combination appears to be good. Anyone heard any negatives or have a thought on it?

Also, I think I am going to upgrade the RAM as well. I need to break open the case and review what's in there. I obviously upgraded at one point, but don't remember what I bought. If memory serves right, I think this is a DDR2, 240-pin. If that's the case, then I believe this might be a winner: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6820231209.

With both of those and a potential OS upgrade, I think I will be set for a while. What do you guys think?

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EVGA GeForce GTX 660 Superclocked
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Hitachi 750GB HD
Windows Vista Home Premium (64 bit) SP2
Dell 22" Digital Monitor Model: 2208WFP
HP 20" Elite Display Model: E201
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 Post subject: Re: XPS 630i GPU Adventure
 Post Posted: Tue Oct 21, 2014 8:11 pm 
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With both of those, you should be able to squeeze some more performance out of it, so long as you're not expecting to play the newer games at higher resolutions or frame rates. Ultimately, new mobo, DDR3 RAM and an i5 or i7 CPU will give you a significant boost, and will be a good match for your GTX 660.

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 Post subject: Re: XPS 630i GPU Adventure
 Post Posted: Tue Oct 21, 2014 8:32 pm 
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I figured as much.

I am just having a huge internal debate between the 750Ti and the 660 now. I know that the latter will provide better performance, but I wonder about the heat and the power efficiency.

This is very intriguing 750Ti at a $109 price tag: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6814487028. However, it's only $40 less than the 660 after discount and rebate: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6814130967.

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750w power supply (stock)
EVGA GeForce GTX 660 Superclocked
8GB RAM (2 x 2GB GSkill (F2-6400CL5D-4GBPQ), 2 x 2GB Corsair XMS2)
Hitachi 750GB HD
Windows Vista Home Premium (64 bit) SP2
Dell 22" Digital Monitor Model: 2208WFP
HP 20" Elite Display Model: E201
Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 @ 2.83 GHz


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 Post subject: Re: XPS 630i GPU Adventure
 Post Posted: Wed Oct 22, 2014 5:15 pm 
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I decided to break open the case last night and I discovered that I have 2 x 2GB Corsair XMS2 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6820145241) along with 2 stock 1GB RAM. Since I am looking to upgrade those last two for this GPU upgrade, I was wondering what the consensus was on those Corsair entries. Should I just buy two more of them or should I be looking at something else? I know that DDR2 is outdated, but I have never really looked into the different types of RAM out there. Are there preferences? Does it really matter based on what I have and where I am going?

I appreciate everyone's input so far. Thanks!

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EVGA GeForce GTX 660 Superclocked
8GB RAM (2 x 2GB GSkill (F2-6400CL5D-4GBPQ), 2 x 2GB Corsair XMS2)
Hitachi 750GB HD
Windows Vista Home Premium (64 bit) SP2
Dell 22" Digital Monitor Model: 2208WFP
HP 20" Elite Display Model: E201
Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 @ 2.83 GHz


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 Post subject: Re: XPS 630i GPU Adventure
 Post Posted: Wed Oct 22, 2014 5:51 pm 
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Well, DDR3 is the most inexpensive, and DDR4 is already showing up on the market (albeit slowly as always for new tech). But any upgrade to either of these next gen RAM types requires a new motherboard and CPU. It's your choice on how much you're willing to spend right now and for what performance you feel you'll be happy with. Again, if you want to swap out what you have for 8GB of DDR2, it will get you by; but it won't give you the performance that DDR3 with a new motherboard and CPU will bring.

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 Post subject: Re: XPS 630i GPU Adventure
 Post Posted: Wed Oct 22, 2014 8:01 pm 
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GDonner - I totally get that. I apologize for not clarifying. I was asking within my DDR2 world should I just get another set of the Corsair or something else. Something like http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6820231122 or http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6820231209 from G.Skill. I have never ventured out to deeply research "gaming" RAM or anything more than what I needed. I am not even sure why I picked up the original Corsair upgrade.

And you have certainly peaked my interest on a new MoBo. I have found myself looking at them more and more. However, I am not ready to make that switch just yet.

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XPS 630i (silver & red) case
Stock MoBo
750w power supply (stock)
EVGA GeForce GTX 660 Superclocked
8GB RAM (2 x 2GB GSkill (F2-6400CL5D-4GBPQ), 2 x 2GB Corsair XMS2)
Hitachi 750GB HD
Windows Vista Home Premium (64 bit) SP2
Dell 22" Digital Monitor Model: 2208WFP
HP 20" Elite Display Model: E201
Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 @ 2.83 GHz


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 Post subject: Re: XPS 630i GPU Adventure
 Post Posted: Thu Oct 23, 2014 1:13 pm 
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Sure; within the DDR2 area, I would go with the first one you listed--the Model F2-6400CL5D-4GBPQ RAM; excellent reviews, plus it's a bit cheaper, and its shorter physical profile is good too.

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 Post subject: Re: XPS 630i GPU Adventure
 Post Posted: Thu Oct 23, 2014 7:17 pm 
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Dear Dwalk2. I would just like to say that you will not go far wrong if you take gdonner's advice. I took his advice & I have not regretted it for one minute. Good Luck.

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