i have a compaq 8000t with an nvidia geforce fx 5900 ultra. i was running ut2k4 with antialiasing and all that good stuff off and the card kept at a temp of 70 C. the game gets a little choppy but i dont think thats any thing but a heating problem cuz the system isnt that bad. i was wondering what i could do to cool it all down. heres the specs on this:
2.8ghz P4 @800mhz
1gb pc3200 (4x256mb)
80gb maxtor hd
audigy 2 sound card
nvidia geforce fx 5900ultra
dvd-rom drive and cdrw drive
the system only has 1 exhaust fan, a 250 watt psu, and a 80mm intake fan.
Ouch, that power supply's not good, and I don't think you could change power supplies with those computers. It could be the heat if your idle temperature is at 70C. But the FX5900U will go up to 140C before GPU cooldown kicks in. I think it's the power supply, not providing enough power for the video card.
I'm not saying power supply's making the card hot, FX5900 are nuclear reactors, Under 140C's fine, why wouldn't you suspect the psu? 250watt definently isn't enough for that rig. on the minimum requirement of a FX5900 is a 300watt psu. I would recommend at least a 350watt powersupply right away.
what kind of psu should i get for this computer ? im pretty sure its atx and its connectors dont look much different from the ones in other computers, although it maybe a little smaller than the one in my other computer. does any one know what kind and where i can get it ? i called compaq and they were no help at all.
Can you even remove the power supply? If you could, then check the size to a standard ATX powersupply, if it's much smaller, then you're out of luck, if it's same size. Then Enermax or Fortron or Antec makes great power supplies.
You can pick up a very ergonomic Antec SX835-II enclosure with an Antec 350W PSU for about $90 at a place like Fry's Electronics. I use this enclosure almost exclusively. It's very easy to work in, it has drive rails and a HDD cage with an intake fan-mount. It has a quick-release side panel and front USB/Firewire ports, and like I said, it comes with a PSU which should be sufficient for your rig.
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Guys! I don't think he is having problems with his PSU. The PSU is <i>not</i> the reason for a hot video card. He doen't complain about an unstable system, so I bet his PSU is able to supply enough power. Getting a larger PSU will <i>not</i> solve his heat problem!
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Ever run a 9800pro with a 2.6c with a 250w powersupply?
Probably not, becuase the 9800pro runs like donkey balls and sometimes the video card wont even allow some games to play. it would hang on black screens.
i know this becuase before one of my good friends decided to upgrade his powersupply he tried it, and nothing but bad luck. Some games would actually play fine, but certain newer games being halo and ut2003 would somewhat play and once more polygons were added it started to run choppy and sometimes would eventually either kick him out of game or just hang till it calmed down.
If it's anything i've learned from these forums it's how important a good power supply is. I'm witnessing a 2.6c right now be crippled with a 420w generic power supply. It's just chills there at 1.462vcore while it's set at 1.8vcore.
He wonders why it freezes or runs slow.. i've told him but he doesn't believe me. His 40 dollar case/420w psu is godlike. It wont be so god like when it fry's his mobo and cpu.