greetings. I am having a slight problem. About a year ago I bought an HP pavilion m9500y. It still works well for most things. However, after a year I figure it is time to upgrade the stock video card, a Geforce 9500 GS, that came with the package. So I go buy a Geforce 9800 GT. Put in the card...... turn on the comp.... and get a series of beeps ....... After a little research I realize I failed to plug in the power into the P10 slot on the card. However, the m9500y does not come with a p10 power plug, so I buy a VGA adapter from newegg.com. try it again. All is good and well.. Geforce 9800 GT runs and works well. Except there was a loud noise coming from the cpu now which sounds like a fan on crack. I check it out and conclude that the CPU fan is running at a vastly faster rpm than before. It is unbearably loud and constant. So I take out the 9800 GT and put back the 9500 GS. Problem fixed.... I enquire to some of my more tech savy friends about why that Video card would seem to make the fan run at higher rpm. They think it could be that the pavilion m9500y only has a 350w psu. The 9800 GT eats significantly more power than the 9500 GS. And the pavilion m9500y has a quad core processor which eats allot more power than a dual core as well is what they explain.
So without looking at the pc.. only the specs they found, the conclude that the Geforce 9800 GT is sucking all the power from the psu and that combined with the quad core means the cpu fan is not getting sufficient resources and therefore is acting up. They suggest I replace my psu.
Does this sound right to you guys, and what would you deduce about this problem? I am an avid mmorpg player and would like the best video performance I can get, however atm I can't use my 9800 GT. I know that most of the time, unless you build it yourself, the computer manufacturers use wierd configurations and things to make upgrading or using parts not of thier making almost impossible to use.
Now I have heard of people not having problems with this particular card on a 350W psu, but i do not know if they had a dual or quad core processor. According to my friends it would make a difference and is possibly the case that they were not runnign a quad, and becuase I was, is what could be causing the issue with the cpu fan running at high rpm all the time, seeing as it theoretically would not be receiving the needed power supply required to run properly.
Which leads me to the next question. If I had to replace certain parts of the unit to get the 9800 GT to work properly without any problems what parts would work with that system?
But it sounds to me that your PSU is too weak. Those 1st gen Phenoms are power hogs. That combined with a power hunger nVidia card could cause your computer to be unstable. I can't believe with only a 350 watt PSU you're still able to make it run? Hopefully today's standard PSU will fit in that HP case. HP and Dell are known for having proprietary PSU, but from the pictures, it looks like a standard size.
9500gt needs minimum 400w psw http://www.nvidia.com/object/product_geforce_9800gt_us.... + m9500y got heating up too fast problem need a good fan to keep it cool so while you are at upgrading your system may as well put in am2+ socket in it and buy a small stand fan and keep the case side open and place the fan next to it by doing that you wont have any heating up problems you can even put gtx 580 in it with 750 w power supply and it will work fine