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Windows 7: Looking for a Graphics Card recommendation

27 Jun 2010   #11
Ross

Windows 7 Professional / Windows 7 Professional
 
 

I've just had to remeasure the case as I didn't expect the PSU cables not to be long enough to relocate the HDD. I'm now restricted to an 8inch (20.3cm) GFX card, so it looks like I will be stuck with low profile short GFX cards (trying to find one with dual DVI, seems to be impossible).


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27 Jun 2010   #12
gingem

Win7 & XP Pro
 
 

Hi Ross

I work a lot with graphics and 3D cadcam, 2 of my major programs on their next release require win7 64bit. Since I use these all of the time I decided to just buy a whole new system with some good parts. Here is the configuration; Asus motherboard with Intel I7 2.83, 8GB ram, Asus gtx480-15mb, 1TB drive, 27" Asus HD monitor. Hopefully this will keep me going for a long time. It's a little crazy trying to network the Win7 with the XP systems but I'll get there.

My other machines use GTX9800 boards and they are really good and not as expensive.
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27 Jun 2010   #13
Faladu

Windows 7 Ultimate Retail Box (64-bit installed) + Service Pack 1
 
 

Laughing at some saying their 480 is great, DUH.

Oops I missed the 2nd page, I wish card dimensions was given in specs.

Get cables extensions if that is the problem.

4870 should be good choice for your needs.
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27 Jun 2010   #14
Ross

Windows 7 Professional / Windows 7 Professional
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Faladu View Post
4870 should be a good fit for you, good card! Laughing at 480 is great, DUH.
I was told the 4870 was 25cm long, which is slightly too long.
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27 Jun 2010   #15
Faladu

Windows 7 Ultimate Retail Box (64-bit installed) + Service Pack 1
 
 

How much too long, it looks like a 4850 is shorter than a 4870, in pictures with these two cards by SOME.

4850: Newegg.com - HIS H485FM1GH Radeon HD 4850 1GB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

vs

4870:
Newegg.com - ASUS EAH4870/2DI/1GD5 Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

4850 is decent card if stuck going that route also.
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27 Jun 2010   #16
Ross

Windows 7 Professional / Windows 7 Professional
 
 

Thanks for the reply.

The 4870 is a bit too long by a mere 4.7cm
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27 Jun 2010   #17
bobkn

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ross View Post
I've just had to remeasure the case as I didn't expect the PSU cables not to be long enough to relocate the HDD. I'm now restricted to an 8inch (20.3cm) GFX card, so it looks like I will be stuck with low profile short GFX cards (trying to find one with dual DVI, seems to be impossible).
I'm confused.

I checked the Inspiron 530 at support.dell.com. It looks like it would accept a longish, full-height graphics card, although it might require the HD to be moved to the location of the optional second HD. (That's right next to the normal HD location, as you know.) Dell doesn't provide cables that support that location? A little Web searching found at least one user who used a normal-sized 4870, although he/she had to remove the HD from the #1 position.

It looks like the case doesn't require low-profile cards at all.

If your machine is a 530S (slim), it's another story. Low profile would be your only option. If you need two DVI ports, that makes it harder. I see that they make some nVidia Geforce 210 low-profile cards with DLP outputs. (That has a single many-pin output connector on the card itself, with a Y adapter after to provide two independent DVI ports.)

Perhaps you could verify which Inspiron you have.
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27 Jun 2010   #18
Ross

Windows 7 Professional / Windows 7 Professional
 
 

Hi,

I have the Inspiron 530 but the second optical drive bay is in use. I was going to put the drive 1 on it's side rather than vertical, but the PSU connections prevented me from doing so.

Cheers,

Ross
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27 Jun 2010   #19
bobkn

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ross View Post
Hi,

I have the Inspiron 530 but the second optical drive bay is in use. I was going to put the drive 1 on it's side rather than vertical, but the PSU connections prevented me from doing so.

Cheers,

Ross
Glad that it's not a 530S.

Perhaps I'm being dense, but it looks like you should be moving the HD to the location for an optional second drive:

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27 Jun 2010   #20
Phone Man

Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64bit, Windows 7 HP 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Joshatdot View Post
Since you work mainly with 2D apps ... FWIW, this review was about 5 or 6 months ago, Toms Hardware did a 2D acceleration review on various cards. The some of the 5xxx cards scored low in W7 w/Aero, and they let ATI/AMD know, and they soon released a Hotfix (I think it was CCC 10.1?)

edit: I think the slow performance before the hotfix might also be with the lower memory & core clock speeds in 2D.

2D, Acceleration, And Windows: Aren't All Graphics Cards Equal? : Part 1: Laying A Theoretical Background

Part 2: 2D, Acceleration, And Windows: Aren't All Graphics Cards Equal? : Introduction: Why GDI Output For 2D Graphics Remains Relevant

Interesting read, it's funny that older onboard GPUs performed best.
Here is a follow up article with new drivers that seems to have solved the 2D problem.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/ati-2d-performance-radeon-hd-5000,2635.htm

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Jim


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