I bought a new HP computer that had the "Sandy Bridge" chipset issue (Basically, the chipset/motherboard had a defect, and HP is replacing my new computer with a NEW new computer with the improved motherboard).
Here's my system:
HP Pavilion Elite HPE-570t PC
• Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
• Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-2600 quad-core processor with Turbo-Boost [up to 3.8GHz, 8MB cache]
• 8GB DDR3-1333MHz SDRAM [4 DIMMs]
• 1.5TB 7200 rpm SATA 3Gb/s hard drive
• 1GB DDR3 ATI Radeon HD 5450 [DVI, HDMI, VGA adapter]
• No speakers
• LightScribe 16X max. DVD+/-R/RW SuperMulti drive
• Wireless-N LAN card
• 15-in-1 memory card reader, 1 USB, audio
• No TV Tuner
• Beats Audio -- integrated studio quality sound
• HP USB keyboard and optical mouse
Note: I presently have an HD 5450 video card.
Also note: this is a 300W system.
My monitor is an LED with 1920x1080 resolution.
I have no intention of overclocking.
I had been told I could upgrade to a 460W PSU for $57. And someone had said I could upgrade to an HD 5770 for only $10. I was planning to go for that.
But now I'm being told I CAN'T upgrade to the 460W PSU. And here are the video cards they say I can upgrade to (subject to change):
1GB DDR3 AMD Radeon HD 6450 [DVI, HDMI. VGA adapter]
1GB DDR3 ATI Radeon HD 5570 [DVI, HDMI, DP, VGA adapter]
2GB DDR3 NVIDIA GeForce GT 420 [DVI, HDMI, VGA adapter]
2GB DDR3 AMD Radeon HD 6570 [DVI, HDMI. VGA adapter]
2GB DDR3 ATI Radeon HD 5570 [DVI, HDMI, DP, VGA adapter]
1.5GB DDR3 NVIDIA GeForce GT 440 [DVI, HDMI, VGA]
3GB DDR3 NVIDIA GeForce GT 440 [DVI, HDMI, VGA, includes 350W power supply]
The only actual prices for an upgrade I got were these:
1 GB HD 5570 = additional $21.75 US
2 GB HD 5570 = additional $76.13 US
I have been told that Nvidia isn't so good for photoshop, which is a major priority for me. But I'm not sure whether the Nvidia-Photoshop thing is true.
I'm not sure how good/bad the HD 5450 I presently have is, or how much of an improvement I would get with these upgrade options. I also don't know if it wouldn't make more sense to hold off on an upgrade and buy the components I want later on (I've never opened up a computer before, but would be willing to replace components if the job wasn't beyond my abilities).
Nvidia video cards are actually recommended over their AMD counterparts when it comes to Adobe applications.. And am sure photoshop is still an Adobe product.. Thus its recommended you get a Nvidia video card.. Having said that, since you already have a video card, i'll suggest you stick with it.. No need to upgrade unless it is malfunctioning..
I'll have to look into the Nvidia/Photoshop thing. It was something to do with Direct X and I came across the issue as someone was describing the Photoshop product crashing and the error message blaming the Nvidia card.
Obviously, I need to do some further investigating.
I've got to be more clear: I wouldn't just be buying a different card. Rather, because of a defect in the chipset, HP will be replacing my computer with a brand new one. And I have the option to choose a different video card than the HD 5450 that is the "base" card for the computer.
What I am wondering is if I should upgrade to a better card (with the list of cards the customer service reps provided), or whether I'm just as good sticking with what I've got.
If I were to hold off, I would plan on waiting at least a couple of years until after my warranty had expired. And then replace both the card and the PSU.