Question Help upgrading graphics card (pc noob)

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Well if you are happy enough with performance now, I wouldn't upgrade.

Then if you really want an upgrade, I would suggest seeing if your PSU can be swapped out and then upgrade PSU and GPU.

In a few years as GPUs get more efficient, there may be something that offers much better than GTX1080 performance while drawing an acceptable amount of power for an OEM 460w.
 

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Well if you are happy enough with performance now, I wouldn't upgrade.

Then if you really want an upgrade, I would suggest seeing if your PSU can be swapped out and then upgrade PSU and GPU.

In a few years as GPUs get more efficient, there may be something that offers much better than GTX1080 performance while drawing an acceptable amount of power for an OEM 460w.
Those are my thoughts exactly, once again thank you everyone for your help and for tolerating my incredible lack of pc knowledge 😂
 
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Oh ok then op don't do that
If it's a Dell XPS system, it can be replaced - see my sig below. I replaced the PSU in my XPS 8700 with a Seasonic FOCUS.

In a few years as GPUs get more efficient, there may be something that offers much better than GTX1080 performance while drawing an acceptable amount of power for an OEM 460w.
Unless the Dell BIOS won't play nice with it. That's a distinct possibility with some of their machines.
 
Ah, I am ALMOST certain that they use the same PSU as the XPS towers, and are thus replaceable with any standard ATX power supply.

EDIT: slightly older version, but this seems to confirm it.

https://www.windowscentral.com/dell-alienware-aurora-review

About 1/3 of the way down:
There's nothing inside the Aurora that can't be replaced. It uses a standard ATX modular power supply (though swapping this isn't easy thanks to the latch system on the arm), a standard motherboard design and full-sized graphics cards from either AMD or NVIDIA. That's cards plural, too, as you can fit a pair of GPUs inside this thing.
 
Agreed, especially with an i7 CPU and an RTX 2080.

I've used 190-195W GPUs (R9 285 factory overclocked by Gigabyte, and a PowerColor RX 580) on the standard Dell 460W PSUs, but both times that was with an i5 (Haswell in one, Skylake in another). I'd be uncomfortable going over 200W on a GPU and an i7 CPU with that PSU.
 
Agreed, especially with an i7 CPU and an RTX 2080.

I've used 190-195W GPUs (R9 285 factory overclocked by Gigabyte, and a PowerColor RX 580) on the standard Dell 460W PSUs, but both times that was with an i5 (Haswell in one, Skylake in another). I'd be uncomfortable going over 200W on a GPU and an i7 CPU with that PSU.
Just curious, who OEMs those units?

Dell uses anything from AC-Bel to Delta, so its a little hard to tell what they are using. Given it hasn't caught on fire yet with his 1080, I doubt its from AC-Bel.
 
I can't speak for all of them, but the one I pulled from my XPS 8700 is a Shenzhen Huntkey.

I'm given to understand that, overall, whatever Dell's using has improved in quality - though, I've had Dells from 1996, 2012, 2014, and 2016, with none of them failing.

Also, the article I quoted might be overstating the case about replacing the PSU with Dell's swing-arm mount. The XPS 8910 and later XPS machines use the same kind of swingarm that the Alienware does. When the 8910 showed up, it had a 350W variant of the PSU instead of the 460W, so I had them send me the correct PSU.

I'm a bit of a klutz, but, while a little awkward, it didn't seem unusually difficult to swap.
 

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I can't speak for all of them, but the one I pulled from my XPS 8700 is a Shenzhen Huntkey.

I'm given to understand that, overall, whatever Dell's using has improved in quality - though, I've had Dells from 1996, 2012, 2014, and 2016, with none of them failing.

Also, the article I quoted might be overstating the case about replacing the PSU with Dell's swing-arm mount. The XPS 8910 and later XPS machines use the same kind of swingarm that the Alienware does. When the 8910 showed up, it had a 350W variant of the PSU instead of the 460W, so I had them send me the correct PSU.

I'm a bit of a klutz, but, while a little awkward, it didn't seem unusually difficult to swap.
Thanks everyone, I am very glad to hear that it sounds like I can replace the psu in my pc, I think this will be my first upgrade. Something like 650w would do fine for a 2080 am I right?
 

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