I recently opened a thread and received some great answers...only to discover that the suggested cards wouldn't work with my mobo. I'm looking to upgrade my system's (HP m9340f) video card from an Nvidia 9500gs to a much more appropriate card. Needless to say I am not the most computer-literate and didn't realize that my mobo is only a single slot...while the GTS450 I was wanting requires 2 slots. Are there any cards that are similar in performance to the GTS 450 yet only single slot? I would prefer Nvidia over Radeon if possible.
Take a picture of the inside of your machine or one online that is of the same model. Because most users are not physically limited to single slot cards. If there is a physical impediment to your use of a dual slot card such as a card in the adjacent slot then go ahead and get the single slot 5770 or a 5670 if nothing else is available.
Here is a link to the mobo in my computer, just FYI I am upgrading the PSU to a Corsair 550-watt and moving the case over to a Cooler Master HAF 922 so their shouldn't be any issues concerning space/power.
Ah...so I'm going to reveal how much of a noob I am to this lol. I thought single or double slot referred to how it fits with your mobo, not room inside the case. Are you saying that if I transfer over to the HAF 922 that the GTS 450 will fit/work with my system?
Single Slot/Double Slot refers to how much space it takes inside your case, that is, if it's a double slot card, it will physically connect to one slot on the motherboard, but because of the cooler being so large, it blocks two spaces (the one that it's connected to, and the one below it because of the cooler).
So to clarify for you in reference to that picture you linked: It will take the first black slot, and cover up the tiny black slot immediately below it (ONLY if it's a dual slot card). If it's a single slot card, it will only physically take up space around the first black slot.
What Nforce was trying to say was that if you don't have a micro case, you should be fine. Looking at the specs on the HP web site, a 5770 would fit perfectly fine inside.
I see, thanks for clarifying that boris. I was told to avoid Radeon if possible because they have a lot more driver issues than Nvidia. However if you guys think I should go with the 5770 then I'll trust your judgement. Is there any performance difference between a single or double slot 5770 since they have less room to work with in the single slot?
GTX 260, better image quality, better AA, better drivers, better stability. The only thing wrong with it is the power consumption, but it isn't that bad compared to the GTX 480.
Nvidia's game maybe down, but stronger quality is always better than cheaper unstable video cards that ATI has to offer (yes, I had lots of problems with ATI drivers and the card itself).
Complete BS. The GTX260 is a generation old card that supports less features than the HD5770, image quality is also worse due to the lack of DX11 support, as well as AA due to its architecture. PLENTY of Nvidia cards crap-out and die sooner than ATIs. The fact that you're suggesting an old, overpriced and power sucking card is simply suggesting you're an misinformed fanboy.
He would rather get a GTS450 over a 260. Though ATI drives are nowhere near as bad as you say they are. Its is less robust than recent Nvidia drivers I agree, but with the correct version you can get it working perfectly.