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May 20, 2011 12:50:45 PM

Hello,

I've got a HP Pavillion M9517C. The fan on the Nvidia 9300GE is dying fast.

Base processor
Phenom-9550 (A) 2.2 GHz (95W)
3600 MHz HyperTransport 3.0
Socket AM2+
Chipset
GeForce 9100

Motherboard
Manufacturer: Pegatron
Motherboard Name: M2N78-LA
HP/Compaq motherboard name: Violet-GL8E

Power supply
350W

Ram Memory: 8G

Graphics card: Nvidia GeForce 9300 GE (25" monitor using HDMI)

I need to replace the video card but am limited to 350 W, unless I upgrade the Power Supply (which isn't out of the question if I can find one that fits and will work wiith existing plugs, etc)

Could someone please recommend a card and manufacture that will work?

Thanks,
Norm

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May 20, 2011 1:07:10 PM

BTW, I do a little bit of home video editing with Sony Vegas on this computer.

Thanks again for any help.
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a b U Graphics card
May 20, 2011 6:14:21 PM

I have a Dell Optiplex 745 with 280w PSU
and after ALOT of research
the HD5670 is the best performance vs wattage used
it doesnt need any power connector and at max wattage
only uses 64w
It can game at reasonable settings and resolutions though
it main purpose is multimedia
in US they are under $80
it has Directx11,UVD 2.0 (helps encoding/transcoding),Bluray,3d capable
and some cards support 3 monitor Eyefinity setups (though not great for gaming
on Eyefinity but it is good for having 3 monitors for applications)
I also use Sony Vegas Pro 8 which my HD4650 works fine so the HD5670 should be good though the real trick with Vegas is setting up network rendering machines
to handle the render jobs to take the load off of your main tower
I am actually waiting on UPS right now to deliver the HD5670 I just bought

too be fair a Nvidia GT240 is also a good option
the HD5670 edges it out in FPS and features but if it is a lot cheaper
it is a good deal

though are your options with current PSU
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May 20, 2011 7:37:58 PM

king smp said:
I have a Dell Optiplex 745 with 280w PSU
and after ALOT of research
the HD5670 is the best performance vs wattage used
it doesnt need any power connector and at max wattage
only uses 64w
It can game at reasonable settings and resolutions though
it main purpose is multimedia
in US they are under $80
it has Directx11,UVD 2.0 (helps encoding/transcoding),Bluray,3d capable
and some cards support 3 monitor Eyefinity setups (though not great for gaming
on Eyefinity but it is good for having 3 monitors for applications)
I also use Sony Vegas Pro 8 which my HD4650 works fine so the HD5670 should be good though the real trick with Vegas is setting up network rendering machines
to handle the render jobs to take the load off of your main tower
I am actually waiting on UPS right now to deliver the HD5670 I just bought

too be fair a Nvidia GT240 is also a good option
the HD5670 edges it out in FPS and features but if it is a lot cheaper
it is a good deal

though are your options with current PSU


Thanks for the response! I'm looking at this...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

and assuming this is the one that would work?

or this...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Also, Network rendering? That's news to me. I need to find more info on that!

Thanks Again,

Norm
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a b U Graphics card
May 20, 2011 7:53:51 PM

I like the HD 5670 in your links
XFX is a good company
As I am writing this UPS just dropped off my MSI HD 5670 low profile
So I am going to install it

I just learned and set up a network rendering machine with Vegas
If you click on my Avatar and then send me a Private Message
I can give you a beginners lesson
The help manual is decent but there a few tricks
You would need a second machine networked through a router
for a render machine
I used a Pentium 4 2.8 HT I had laying around the workshop
it is slow for a render machine but the jobs I was doing were not\
time critical and it helped by not having my machine tied up at 100 percent
CPU
pretty cool since you can be editing and sending jobs to renderer at same time
and still keep on editing
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a b U Graphics card
May 20, 2011 7:59:02 PM

I can add that, AFAIK Sony Vegas doesn't support regular video card for any type of acceleration, so it's not a deciding factor.

+1 to the 5670 8)

Cheers!
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a b U Graphics card
May 20, 2011 10:54:53 PM

I didnt think the video card mattered too much with Vegas
I do use my Ati hd4650 and now HD5670 with the AMD video converter
I can transcode a 5 minute h264/mkv to PSP format in under ten minutes with
the HD4650
I am gonnat est right now with the HD5670

I have to create a thread about MSI HD5670 low profile and Dell Optiplex 745 slim
desktop
that card did not fit because of the fan assembly hitting the CPU fan/heatsink

I had to remove the fan assembly and use a diagonal cutter to chop
the fan shroud/mount (it is a dual fan setup) and make it
into a single fan mount

Works good
right now as I am typing this
it is 36C in a 72F room
at 34 percent fan speed
with a maxed out MSI Afterburner OC of 850 core/4200mhz QDDR GDDR5 memory

I ran Furmark for an half hour and it maxed out a 73c max load


Kinda of scary chopping up the fan assembly
Didnt like voiding the warranty/return but
had no choice
Hopefully the MSI military parts will hold up LOL
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May 21, 2011 2:25:14 AM

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