I need some help please. I have an HP D5000T computer that is 2-1/2 years old. It is pretty well loaded with Intel quad, large hard drive, plenty of RAM, etc. So I want to keep this computer if possible. I have 100+ applications installed -- it would be a pain to replace it. It originally came with a NVIDIA GEForce 9800 GT board. The original died after only about 13 months. HP sent out a replacement board, despite the machine being out of warranty. They sent me a one-for-one replacement. I installed it about a year ago -- today the replacement died!
What do you all suggest as a replacement (I definately don't want to get another NVIDIA if possible). I do no gaming at all but heavy on business applications, some photoshop type applications, etc.
I am 62 years old but reasonably tech savvy (but not about hardware).
Thanks to both of you for your replies. I should have also mentioned:
1)... I have 2 large monitors which will be driven by the new card.
2)... my prime monitor (Samsung 275T) is used for my photography work - color calibrated every few months. So although no gaming ... I still use it for graphics-intensive work.
3)... I'm on Windows 7 Ultimate
4)... I will place a high weight on quiet cards
PS ... I understand your point Omnisome -- I've had maybe 6 or 7 computers with NVIDIA cards without a problem. But 2 for 2 bad ones dampens my enthusiam.
Basically everything in Photoshop is handled by the CPU not the GPU. The GPU is basically just displaying a regular 2D image, as if you were at desktop. There's a few exceptions, like if you do anything that handles 3D work.
Then take a look at the 5770. It's powerful enough for gaming, but still a good price. My friend got one which I helped him set up, and I couldn't even hear the fan on it so it should be nice and quiet.
I would recommend one with a larger fan as opposed to the reference design which has a small centrifugal fan at the rear. Those fans tend to be whiney at high speeds.
Brand doesn't matter too much. The main difference is that some offer better warranties than others. Unfortunately I'm not really sure which is the best in that regards. Personally I like Sapphire, Gigabyte, and Asus the most but that's just me.
The 5770 is a 2 slot card. It's very rarely an issue. The interface to the motherboard requires a standard PCIe 16 slot, which would be the same as your 9800GT. I think some 9800GT's were single slot, some dual slot. It's easy to tell the difference tho:
Single: See it here
Dual: See it here
Unless you have another card directly below, it's rarely ever an issue.
According to the AMD website, the 5770 needs … “450 Watt or greater power supply with one 75W 6-pin PCI Express® power connectors recommended.” OK, fine.
I opened my computer and looked around – I also pulled out the GEForce 9800 GT card. My power supply has a label that states … “Output Max Power 460W” but below that … “The total power on +12Va +12Vb +12Vc Not Exceed 385W.”
So I guess I am down to 2 questions:
1)… is my power supply sufficient to drive the 5770? I would think “yes” since the Max rating is 460 Watts. Right? I would guess the 385W limit is only if the computer is being used to drive other devices via USB connections, etc.
2)… what is a “75W 6-pin PCI Express® power connector”? I do know that I pulled a 6-pin connector from the back of the 9800GT (male connector on the card, female connectors on the socket). I am guessing this is the 75W power connector?
Wolfram23, you’ve been a great help.
Thanks for any additional advice,
PS … it does appear I have room for a duel slot card.
Yeah sounds like the PSU should work. Just so you know, the premade PCs like this don't put in very good PSUs as they can save some cash that way. I think it might be worthwhile to spend a little money and get a new one. That said, the one in there has what you need to get it working.