x51 r2 questions

dfresh24

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Hello everybody i'm new here and in much need of some help. So recent a game by the name of apex legends came out and i'm addicted to the game. Unfortunately my gpu is straight booty cheeks. I'm currently using a gtx 750ti and its so hard to play with everything chummed down to pixels. So i was going to upgrade to the 1060 i will include a link as to which one,after doing much reserch the only style i know that works are the blower types,but there aren't many to chose from.This was the one i was looking into https://www.amazon.com/EVGA-GeForce...rds=evga+1060&qid=1550032527&s=gateway&sr=8-1. With that being said i also know i need to upgrade the psu to the 330w. Here is my concern,upon doing some research i seen a thread about the power board needing to be able to accept a 330w psu. So how can i find out if i do have the 330w power board capabilities? Also was wondering a good source for the 330w psu,the dell one is 160 bucks which is really steep at the moment.

System Specs: Alienware x51 R2
Processor: intel core i7 4790@3.60ghz
ram 16gb
64 bit os windows 10
bios-a12
hd 1tb
gpu-nvidia gforce gtx 750ti
psu-240w

Any help would be greatly appreciated
 

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You can grab the 330W PSU from eBay. Here in Australia I can grab one for about $60 so if you're in the US it should be even cheaper. You have the i7 so I can't see why the 330W wouldn't work. Maybe the i3 option was different.
I'm about to get a 1060 too and I had looked into the same card you linked. I'm also finding blower 1060's hard to find for a decent price. Many people have said that the temps aren't too bad with a single fan 1060. That one having a smaller design also helps.
 

dfresh24

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You can grab the 330W PSU from eBay. Here in Australia I can grab one for about $60 so if you're in the US it should be even cheaper. You have the i7 so I can't see why the 330W wouldn't work. Maybe the i3 option was different.
I'm about to get a 1060 too and I had looked into the same card you linked. I'm also finding blower 1060's hard to find for a decent price. Many people have said that the temps aren't too bad with a single fan 1060. That one having a smaller design also helps.
Thank you Matt,the only thing that has me worried at the moment is the power board situation,as I can find zero on this for the x51 r2,id hate to drop all of this money around 300$ and not be able to enjoy it. I don’t think heat will be an issue as it’s generally cold in my room. I know I need the 330w psu,I also know that with a 330w psu for a gpu that requires a standard of 400w it can’t exceed a constant over 150watts at all. This is all that’s holding me back from being able to enjoy my pc again
 

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Nvidia suggest 400w but the GPU and CPU won’t need nearly that much. There’s a video online with a guy running a 1060 and his entire system is only using 180w.
 

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Nvidia suggest 400w but the GPU and CPU won’t need nearly that much. There’s a video online with a guy running a 1060 and his entire system is only using 180w.
i think,but not sure if i saw that one or not,but if i'm not mistaken the card he was using was the 1060 fe,and unfortunately that dosen't help me because i don't know if a 330w will work.....i'm really starting to think i just need to order than damn thing now,and test run it for like a week,then get the gfx card....=(

Also i read somewhere that with the x51 config its best to flash the bios? ive never heard of such a thing installing a gfx card?
 
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Yeah I heard that too. I've flashed lots of BIOS' and never had a problem so that's no big deal for me. There are lots of people running 1060's in X51's with 330W PSU's so I'm pretty confident it will work without a problem. I'm going for it once I can find the right card
 

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Yeah I heard that too. I've flashed lots of BIOS' and never had a problem so that's no big deal for me. There are lots of people running 1060's in X51's with 330W PSU's so I'm pretty confident it will work without a problem. I'm going for it once I can find the right card
I mean why do you need to flash the bios? I’ve never done that before ever for any graphics card I’ve installed ever,and I’ve installed several of them over the years.
 

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I've had to do it on some older laptops to get a newer GPU to work with a modded driver. It just has something to do with the age difference between the parts and how the mobo was originally programmed. I wish I knew more about it though. I usually just do some research and do what people suggest and cross my fingers! :p
 

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Do you think I would have to flash the bios with this card cuz if so not good.....
 

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I couldn't say for certain but I will find out once I get myself a 1060 or maybe one of the new 1660ti cards being released later this month. Mine is an R1 so I'm expecting to have to do it.
 

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Do you think the r2 may differ in that way? I’m also looking into possibly picking up a 1060 founders edition used,I’m trying to make this as easy as possible I don’t feel confident in any way about this,nor do I have faith in my x51. =[
 
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