All Around Upgrade Dell XPS 8300

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As the title suggests I am looking for an all around upgrade to my Dell XPS 8300 (post recall)

I did buy it @ Best Buy earlier this year.

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Dell+-+Studio+XPS+Desktop+/+Intel%26%23174%3B+Core%26%23153%3B+i7+Processor+/+8GB+Memory+/+1.5TB+Hard+Drive/2247075.p?id=1218315551929&skuId=2247075&st=dell xps 8300&cp=1&lp=2

I am fairly good with computers and techonology as a whole, but this is my first time @ Tom's Hardware so I apologize if I miss something! Thanks :)

Any and all suggestions are more than welcomed! But, I am most interested in a nice graphics card upgrade (don't game much or use photoshop but if I ever do, I want to know that I can without any hiccups), a network card that can connect to my 5GHz band (my apple machines can always connect to both of my router's bands, but my PCs can't :(, a bigger PSU (but only if needed)

Thanks again! I really appreciate it. Like I said all suggestions are more than welcomed so feel free to offer advice if I am missing something.

-Andrew

PS: I will definitely be building my next desktop, it does make things easier!

EDIT: whoops also forgot to add that I want a better sound card thanks!

 
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As the title suggests I am looking for an all around upgrade to my Dell XPS 8300 (post recall)

I did buy it @ Best Buy earlier this year.

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Dell+-+Studio+XPS+Desktop+/+Intel%26%23174%3B+Core%26%23153%3B+i7+Processor+/+8GB+Memory+/+1.5TB+Hard+Drive/2247075.p?id=1218315551929&skuId=2247075&st=dell xps 8300&cp=1&lp=2

I am fairly good with computers and techonology as a whole, but this is my first time @ Tom's Hardware so I apologize if I miss something! Thanks :)

Any and all suggestions are more than welcomed! But, I am most interested in a nice graphics card upgrade (don't game much or use photoshop but if I ever do, I want to know that I can without any hiccups), a network card that can connect to my 5GHz band (my apple machines can always connect to both of my router's bands, but my PCs can't :(, a bigger PSU (but only if needed)

Thanks again! I really appreciate it. Like I said all suggestions are more than welcomed so feel free to offer advice if I am missing something.

-Andrew

PS: I will definitely be building my next desktop, it does make things easier!

EDIT: whoops also forgot to add that I want a better sound card thanks!

Anything else I can add to get a reply? Any more info needed to get some advice? Thanks!
 
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For the 1k you spent on that pc you could have had a way nicer pc lol XD

To ansewer your question with another question, what kind of budget are you working with for upgrades, what are you trying to accomplish with this build, what sites are you wanting to shop from?

If you are looking to spend over $600 id suggest sell ur current pc and build a newer one with way better stuff all around and future ready hardware.

Finally thanks! Yeah I figured. I think it was a mixture of being impatient and not having the time to really build. I didn't want to spend very much maybe less than $500 USD. I guess if I had to narrow it down, I want to get a better graphics card for lite gaming and smooth photoshop performance. I want a better sound card and definitely (and most importantly) a better network card so I can make use of my 5GHz connection.

I think if I sell it I would lose too much. I kind of have to bare threw it and buy a new one when I can really spend (probably a $2000+ machine). I live in Los Angeles so I usually buy from Newegg and Microcenter. But, honestly I am open to any and all advice. I am all ears.

Hope to hear soon! Thanks again p07h34d!
 
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Well if you are going to upgrade from a 5770 then I suggest something like a 6950 if you want to stick with ATI

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127562
MSI 6950 2GB Twin Frozr II : $289.99 ($269.99 after MIR)

If you want a card that exhausts outside the case go with something like

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102945
Sapphire Dirt3 Edition 6950 2GB : $264.99 ($244.99 after MIR)

Both cards are non-ref designs which are much more reliable than ref cards.

Twin Frozr II review : http://www.guru3d.com/article/msi-r6950-twin-frozr-ii-oc-review/

Sapphire review : http://www.pureoverclock.com/review.php?id=1303&page=1

The twin frozr is the better performer but exhausts heat inside the case so you will need good air flow.

The sapphire comes with Dirt3 which is nice and is a non-ref black card which is a big bonus and exhausts heat outside the case which just makes it well worth the $244


If you went with the sapph that would leave you with $256 to spend on your net card and sound card. (I don't have much experience in those fields so I will leave that to someone who knows what they are talking about.)

Hope I helped ^_^

off to bed with my stoned-face

It did help thanks. I'm going with the sapp, but if I get it will I need a bigger PSU? Also can someone else help with the network and sound cards? Thanks!

PS: Love the signature. I slept like a baby last night! :)