Alienware X51 R1 GPU Question


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Jun 27, 2015
I'm looking to upgrade my GPU in my X51 R1 with the R1 board. I have a 330W PSU and I will post all my other specs below. I want something that will work out of the box without modification. I've been doing a lot of research and it's hard to find a definite answer. I've been looking at two different cards the PNY GTX 960 4GB and the EVGA stock 970. I'm thinking that the PNY 960 will be my best bet. One of my questions is how much of an upgrade is the 960 over my current stock Nvidia GTX 660 TI? --- PNY 960 --- EVGA 970

Alienware X51 R1 Andromeda R5 330WPSU
Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-3770 @ 3.40GHz CPU 3.90GHz Turbo
Seagate Barracuda ST2000DM001 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" HDD
Alienware AW2310 23" Full HD 3D Monitor 120Hz
Alienware TactX Keyboard & Mouse

Update: I talked to dell support today and I asked them if I could upgrade to a GTX 970 and they said yes. They said that the PNY 970 would work and if it didn't I could return it within 21 days.

Update 2: I spoke to a second dell support agent today and they said I could upgrade to a gtx 970 as well. I also found this link which says the 330W PSU for the R1 can handle up to a 175W GPU. Although the 970 is not listed

Update 3: PNY 970 TDP 160W EVGA 970 145W PALIT 970 150W MSI 970 148W ASUS 970 145W
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Sep 20, 2014
I think it can handle more than that. Through personal experience I had an R9 290 in my R2 with the 330w powerboard and I was not only able to benchmark this setup thoroughly but also able to achieve a fairly high overclock (for air cooling), and even under 100% load it was stable with a little voltage tweaking. The R9 290 is listed as a 275w card and it had no issues running in my system. It was a bugger to fit in the case, but it ran fine once it was installed.