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compatible video cards for 660??

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i have a 660 inspiron running windows 7 64bit, it has the i5-3330 3.0ghz cpu, 8gb ram. id like to install an amd 7950 or something similar in speed, i know i have to change the psu,  

what do i need to buy to make this happen???

THANK YOU

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  • I know you have the mini tower, but you don't have that depth where the video card goes in place.  The Corsair 650 is more than enough power for the HD 7950 and that's good.  Only a 500 watt is recommended.  You need to measure from the back of the case to the hard drive cages to see if there is space because most are over 10" and some are over 11" long.  I thought I had seen where anything over 9" or 9.5" may not fit.  

    The i5-3330 3.0ghz cpu is good enough.  My only concern is compatibility as some video cards and some Dell systems don't seem to work together.  I have seen this with the XPS 8500, XPS 8300 and the 660.  

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  • Hi,

    Welcome to Dell Community Forum.

    On the Dell Computer Parts & Upgrades link below, please enter your System Service tag in the Service Tag Search Box and you will get a list of recommended upgrades for your Dell system.

    http://dell.to/6OyXgU

    Hope this is helpful.

    Please reply in case of any further questions.

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    Babita S
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  • yea i looked but it doesn't really help me out :(

  • Hi,

    Thank you for your reply.

    There are some options for compatible video cards mentioned under  Page 5 or 6 for Dell Recommended Upgrades for your Dell Inspiron desktop. You may access the page with the link below:

    http://dell.to/13dg8Cl

    Also, the link mentioned below has specifications for the VisionTek AMD Radeon HD 7950 3GB PCIe Graphics Card.

    If you click on the sub-link for Compatibility, you will see the list of compatible systems and the Dell Inspiron 660 is not mentioned in this list.

    http://dell.to/15iZRMB

    Let me know if further help is needed.

    Thanks and regards,
    Babita S
    #iworkforDell 

    For easy access to drivers, manuals and product updates, please visit our Support Site .

  • I would look at getting a Corsair 650 watt PSU and then you should be fine.  A GTX 660 Ti would also offer similar performance.  You just need to be careful about card length due to the location of your hard drive cages especially if the power connectors are at the rear of the video card.  An external exhaust model like this EVGA HERE may be a better choice to get the heat out of the small mini tower based on having limited fan cooling and air flow in the case.  When you put in a retail power supply and a large high performance video card things get pretty cramped inside.  

  • I don't have the slim version it's the regular 660 with 17.32in depth...I do want to upgrade to a 7950...will the corsair 650 be enough to power the 7950 and will it fit in the housing where the stock power supply is/was?
  • Basically I want to know if the 650 corsair and 7950 will work in my setup, will my CPU handle everything?!

  • I know you have the mini tower, but you don't have that depth where the video card goes in place.  The Corsair 650 is more than enough power for the HD 7950 and that's good.  Only a 500 watt is recommended.  You need to measure from the back of the case to the hard drive cages to see if there is space because most are over 10" and some are over 11" long.  I thought I had seen where anything over 9" or 9.5" may not fit.  

    The i5-3330 3.0ghz cpu is good enough.  My only concern is compatibility as some video cards and some Dell systems don't seem to work together.  I have seen this with the XPS 8500, XPS 8300 and the 660.  

  • Thanks for your help....I DON'T have the mini tower version...regular size, NOT MINI

  • They are called mini towers.  If you have ever seen a mid size retail case, you would see a big difference in size.  Regular = Mini Tower with Dell.  This versus the Dell small form factor cases.  Even the XPS 8500 is a mini tower.  They use Micro ATX motherboards because standard size boards would never fit in these cases.  

  • I recently placed an order for the Inspiron 660 with i5 3330.  The computer is currently shipping and I would like to purchase a graphics card via auction that will end prior to the arrival of my computer.  I would like to install the Gigabyte Geforce GTX 660.  I am aware that I will have to upgrade the power supply.  My question pertains to the clearance from the back of the computer to the hard drive cage.  These are the card dimensions:  H= 42mm, L=256.3 mm, W=131 mm.  Will this GPU fit in the Inspiron 660? Does anyone have a exact measurement for the space marked in the above picture?

  • Kelbear1
     Even the XPS 8500 is a mini tower.  They use Micro ATX motherboards because standard size boards would never fit in these cases.  

    Micro-ATX became popular in the Aughts, with a trend to build in functionality into mainboards rather than have it added later via expansion cards.

     

  • That's going to be close.  I would not recommend it.  I would choose instead one of these HERE.  The MSI card is 9.25" long and the EVGA is 9.5.  The Gigabyte card is over 10" long and may be a problem.  The EVGA is also an external exhaust card which is helpful in these smaller Dell cases versus keeping the heat it creates inside.  

  • those bays look like they come out. Buy some Velcro tape, get a SSD drive and just tape it to the bottom of the case. Now you have all the room in the world.