Hi all, I have a Dell Studio 540 (Quad core 2.33ghz, 4gb RAM, 500mb HD, 350w PSU, currently running Vista 32-bit but getting Win 7 64-bit next week) with an Ati Radeon 4670 PCI-Express graphics card installed and running fine.
My question is - would the newly-released ATI Radeon 5870 physically fit into my studio 540 case? I'm prepared to fit a new PSU to power it (although it actually has quite low power requirements for a brand new, high-end GPU), I'm just wondering if it would actually fit in there as space is limited (1 PCI-E slot for the gfx card and 1 PCI slot, doesn't look like much space around the PCI-express slot to work with).
Here's the card itself;
Dimensions: approx. 11.5" (L) x 3.75" (W) x 1.5" (H)
in centimetres: approx. 29.21cm (L) x 9.53cm (W) x 3.81cm (H)
For more details on the 5870: http://www.guru3d.com/article/radeon-hd-5870-review-test/1
Hard to say. I doubt if there are any 540 owners that have tried to put this card in their system. All you can do is take tape measure to see if you have the length available. I would probably go with the HD 5850 instead as it is much smaller and still beats the GTX 285 in performance. I probably would not get the 5870 unless I had one of the best processors to go with it such as the i7 core or a top of the line quad to get the best performance out of the card. Most reviews you will see will have it matched up with the i7 such as the one you linked. Anything less and you will not get the same performance as you are seeing in these reviews. The new 5770 would probably be the best match up for your CPU, but this is up to you.
Hi JMICHAEL, thanks a lot for your reply. Yes I think the idea of fitting a 5870 probably was overkill 🙂 I'm intrigued by the idea of installing a 5850 though.I've looked it up and the 5850 measures 9.5 inches, though you also have to allow for a further 0.75" for the power connectors at the back of the card, so it's actually more like 10.3" in length in practice, I'll take a tape measure to the case and report back exactly how much length I have in the next few days.
I remember you saying in a previous thread you have a GTS 250 installed in your computer? And that there would still be enough space for the GTX 260? I understand the GTS 250 is 9" in length and the GTX 260 is a big 10.5", so hopefully there should be room. I only have 1 hard disk drive and 1 optical drive and I'm happy with that. I would also need a new PSU to power the 5850 - I'm thinking either a Corsair 450W or 500W PSU. Here's a n00b question for you - if a PSU only has one PCI-Express power connector (like the corsair 450w I've been looking at) is there anyway to get another power connector? As the 5850 requires two and I don't really want to shell out for a 500 or 550W PSU, seems a bit over the top (and more expensive!)
Thanks for your help.
If you are wanting to get the 5850, then you really want to get a power supply that has two 6-pin PCIe power connectors. The Corsair 450 is $64.99 with a $15 MIR. The Corsair 550 is $79.99 with a $20 MIR making is only $10 more that the 450. See HERE.
Also, THIS OCZ is only $39.99 after MIR as has 2 PCIe connectors. I had seen a really good review on this power supply sometime ago so it would be worth considering for this cost.