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Old October 2, 2008, 04:43 PM
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Originally Posted by b1lk1 View Post
No no no no no no no. The 1GB card is senseless since the 256-bit memory bus effectively kills the usefulness of 1GB. The card will never ever get the chance to use more than 512MB of that memory, and it is most certainly timed slower than the 512MB cards memory. The 1GB card is pure marketing hype. Do not get it it is not worth it even for $1 more.

Your power supply is gonna croak under the load and probably kill your whole system too. That crappy 300W unit is probably capable of 200W sustained load for any length of time. Don't waste your time putting a high performance card in a low performance PC. Save your dough and build your own.
You realize that the power supply can easily be upgraded without replacing the entire computer, right ?

Anyways, onto the card itself, do NOT get the 1 GB card. Yes, it's slower than the standard 512 MB card in most applications, although the difference will likely not be noticable. The major factor why you shouldn't get the 1 GB card is you likely have a 32-bit version of Windows installed on your PC and, if you have 3GB or more RAM installed, you're going to have significantly less than that after installing a 1 GB card due to the limited address space of the 32-bit operating system.

Also, those HP cases are cramped and tight. Odds are a single-slot would be a better choice.

Also, if you have an M-series HP, forget about cards that long. You'll have to settle for a card like the ATI Radeon HD 4670 as cards longer than 8" just aren't going to fit due to the placement of the HDD.
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Old February 15, 2009, 11:11 AM
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Default It ended up fitting but went into another puter!

Thanks for the replies but I need a solution to my wife's problem in another thread...

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