Upgrading alienware X51 R2

So I'm upgrading my computer by taking everything and putting it in a bigger case so I can improve the GPU. But I need advice on the parts I need. Guy at best buy said I'd need a gen 4 motherboard, 750 power supply with 80 bronze or better, evo heat sink.

Precessor: Intel core i7-4790 CPU GHz 3.60
Ram: 16 GB
System type: 64 bit
Memory: 16348 MB

Here is what I got so far.
-rosewill ARC full tower gaming case supports 420mm long VGA card, 5 fans preinstalled, fan speed control-nighthawk

-evga super nova 850W G2 220-0850-XR 80+ Gold fully modular

-Asus QT7T/CSM LGA 1150 Intel Q87 HDMI sata 6gb/s USB 3.0 thin mini-ITX

-cooler master hyper 212x-cpu cooler with dual 120mm PWM fan

-looking at upgrading the memory card but wasn't sure what type would be best. Unless any one will work that hs a 2 or 2.5 TB

-i want to get a graphics card but not sure which would work with my setup. I was hoping for a 1080TI
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  1. One thing I wonder about, a full tower case but a mini ITX motherboard? Or was that supposed to be mini ATX?
  2. nathanaelhudson said:
    So I'm upgrading my computer by taking everything and putting it in a bigger case so I can improve the GPU. But I need advice on the parts I need. Guy at best buy said I'd need a gen 4 motherboard, 750 power supply with 80 bronze or better, evo heat sink.

    Here is what I got so far.
    -rosewill ARC full tower gaming case supports 420mm long VGA card, 5 fans preinstalled, fan speed control-nighthawk

    -evga super nova 850W G2 220-0850-XR 80+ Gold fully modular

    -Asus QT7T/CSM LGA 1150 Intel Q87 HDMI sata 6gb/s USB 3.0 thin mini-ITX

    -cooler master hyper 212x-cpu cooler with dual 120mm PWM fan

    -i want to get a graphics card but not sure which would work with my setup. I was hoping for a 1080TI



    a 1080 ti only needs a 650w power supply


    what cpu do you have?
  3. dontlistentome said:
    One thing I wonder about, a full tower case but a mini ITX motherboard? Or was that supposed to be mini ATX?


    It's what a person suggested I get on newegg since i have a 4th gen motherboard and need something that is also 4th gen since im using all the componets from my X51 in the new case. I wanted a gaming tower that had the blue led light so i might have gotten to big of a case, but ill end up upgrading it more in the future. Here is a link to the motherboard that they suggested.


    https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA2F84D69447&ignorebbr=1
  4. dontlistentome said:
    One thing I wonder about, a full tower case but a mini ITX motherboard? Or was that supposed to be mini ATX?


    maxalge said:
    nathanaelhudson said:
    So I'm upgrading my computer by taking everything and putting it in a bigger case so I can improve the GPU. But I need advice on the parts I need. Guy at best buy said I'd need a gen 4 motherboard, 750 power supply with 80 bronze or better, evo heat sink.

    Here is what I got so far.
    -rosewill ARC full tower gaming case supports 420mm long VGA card, 5 fans preinstalled, fan speed control-nighthawk

    -evga super nova 850W G2 220-0850-XR 80+ Gold fully modular

    -Asus QT7T/CSM LGA 1150 Intel Q87 HDMI sata 6gb/s USB 3.0 thin mini-ITX

    -cooler master hyper 212x-cpu cooler with dual 120mm PWM fan

    -i want to get a graphics card but not sure which would work with my setup. I was hoping for a 1080TI



    a 1080 ti only needs a 650w power supply


    what cpu do you have?


    My processor is a intel core i7-4790 CPU 3.60 GHz

    i know the 1080ti only needs 650 and i should go with the 750 power supply as that was suggested when i had it looked at best buy. But i figured putting a little more in like a 850W wouldn't hurt.
  5. nathanaelhudson said:


    My processor is a intel core i7-4790 CPU 3.60 GHz

    i know the 1080ti only needs 650 and i should go with the 750 power supply as that was suggested when i had it looked at best buy. But i figured putting a little more in like a 850W wouldn't hurt.


    pointless as you cannot overclock

    all you need is a GOOD 650w unit
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