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01-23-2015 10:30 AM
I need to replace the graphics card for my machine to get an hdmi output for my hd tv. I got a link from a forum expert that took me to newegg. There I was overwhelmed with choices. I looked at a few of these and also the reviews. The PNY cards seem to have a good rep but I'm not sure. I want one that gives excellent output for my panasonic plasma and also has a vga conn for an old pc I use occasionally, plus a DVI for my main monitor (ACER LED). I also want dual monitor capability.
I am not into gaming but I want good graphics. Low power is a necessity also for this box (P7-1155) . I think this box is 250 watts. I am confused about how much memory it needs to have (1 g,2g). If I could get a couple of good choices for graphics cards I would be happy. Looking at all the choices has given me a headache. I am running windows 7 home edition.
Maybe there is an ideal choice among them all but that's eluding me. Anyone with some input on this or best of all an obvious choice or no-brainer choice would help. I will be going thru my dvr then out to the tv.
I don't want to make a mistake here so I need expert advice. I would prefer one without a fan since a lot of the reviews talk about fan noise. I would like to keep the cost under a hundred but I don't want overkill either.
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01-23-2015 11:17 AM - edited 01-23-2015 11:49 AM
I would stay away from passive cooling (no fan), the cases from HP have too few fans in them and are too small to effectively cool a card that's designed with passive cooling.
You may want to consider installing another fan in your case even with a video card that doesn't have passive cooling.
Here are the specs for your machine.
If you look you have a 300 watt power supply, the link above requires a minimum of 300 watts, so it will work, but it's at the high end of the spec for your power supply so it may get a little warm.
I went with EVGA because I have had good experience with them, one isn't really any better then the other.
I also went with NVIDIA rather then ATI, I find that the NVIDIA control panel is easier no navigate in.
Also the NVIDIA cards tend to run cooler then ATI and the drivers for NVIDIA are less "buggy" then ATI.
As far as video RAM (memory) is concerned, most in this price range comes with 2GB, which is neither here nor there _ most of the terminology when it comes to video memory is a marketing ploy.
What you want to pay attention to is how many cores the card has and how fast they run.
You are not gaming, so none of this is really all that relevant anyway, however because you are planning to run two monitors, this card has more cores then most to do the job. (384 cores)
Here is the same card from NCIX.com (us store)
Unlike Newegg, NCIX will let you return the card if it fails to meet your needs, you will be charged a restocking fee, but you can return it, unlike Newegg, what they call their VGA return policy.
That means you're stuck with it and may only be returned if it's defective.
One more thing to consider, that you didn't mention, some NVIDIA chips support DTS-HD, and Dolby True HD sound and some don't _ through HDMI.
This card here that I am talking about is GT730, so it probably does, but it can like pulling teeth to find out for sure.
Yup It does...
What ever you decide to get, post again when it's time to install the card and I will help you with your driver if you want.
Most come with a disc, but the drivers will be out of date and finding the most recent one can be a daunting task if you don't know where to look.
01-23-2015 11:57 AM
Thanks for the quick response. It looks like this gets good reviews. I am planning to get another fan. One that I can just stick to the side over one of the vents and run from a usb. That will suck air thru the unit. So I will take a look at this at some other sites to maybe get a better price.
01-23-2015 12:21 PM
I have these small usb fans sitting over my dvr to help cool it down. They work great.
Just wondering if this card may be overkill since I am not into gaming at all. On the otherhand overkill may be a good thing in this case. Just wondering if I have room for this card since what I read says it takes up two slots. I don't have any other cards mounted right now but may need to add something later. Right now it's the stock config. Do you have any other choices that may do the job just for comparison?
01-23-2015 12:40 PM - edited 01-23-2015 12:48 PM
It's a single slot card that is 2.7 x 5.7 inches _ not very big, but measure to be sure _ it should fit though.
It's not over kill and it really wouldn't wouldn't be good for gaming at all.
It's "slightly" over kill for your needs, but not much.
This is over-kill...
It wouldn't fit in your case and you MoBo and Power supply would reject it.
As for comparison, basically what's in the Newegg link.
Or what ever manufacturer utilises the GT 730.
But you're going to drive your self bonkers looking over specs and reviews.
01-23-2015 12:47 PM
WOW! You could run a stadium scoreboard on that thing.
So, you have convinced me that this is the board I need. Well done. I don't convince easily.
So do you suggest I buy from NCIS? It seems their return policy is better if it doesn't work out.
Just looking for the best deal/price/free shipping/return policy/rep.
01-23-2015 12:53 PM - edited 01-23-2015 01:01 PM
I like to deal with NCIX.ca because I am here in Canada and because of their return policy.
Newegg here in Canada gets stuff from the US when it's not stocked in Canada and it can take forever.
I also found that NCIX is easier to deal with when making returns _ Newegg is too automated for my liking.
When it comes to an inexpensive card like this, 20 bucks up or down wouldn't bother me, but that's me.
I would rather pay more and get better service.
And that is an impressive card, I was running a GT760 and pushing a frame interpolation program.
It was throttling the 760 at 80 degrees (metric) and using around 86% of that cards resources.
With the same program the GTX980 fans are not even coming on, it runs at 60 degrees and is only using 62% of the cards resources.