So i bought this HP Pavilion Elite m9500f after my previous rig that i built myself died after 6 years (it went through a lot of upgrades, but finally one day the power supply fan had two blades snap, get stuck in the grill of the fan itself, which stopped the fan from spinning, which overheated the PSU, which then made toast out of most of my hardware). I live in Japan so it's usually a hassle to get good quality parts: i either have to order them and have them mailed here from the USA, or stick with the always-out-of-date local PC shop's supply.
So, this m9500f came with a GeForce 9500 GS video card. It's not bad...and it works very well. However (and it's not just me, according to a quick google search) the damned video card starts sounding like a lawnmower. Mine just started this earlier this week, and i've had the PC for about two weeks. What it supposedly is, is the fan on the video card (actually, the bearings/axle from what some others have stated). They posted a video about how to lube up some PC fans on youtube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zkweJKSOYgo, however i don't have any industrial oil, so i'll probablyl end up using canola oil or something.
Anyway, after reading about the BS that HP knows about it, will still give you crap for wanting a replacement, and that the replacements normally have the same problem, i'm trying to decide what other video card i should stick in there. Now, when i bought this PC, i bought a GeForce 8800 GT to throw in there. What i didn't realize (having never bought a PC from an actual proprietary company before) is that it has next to no space for upgrades in it. I mean hell, the drive bay is buried all the way under this proprietary "HP Media Drive" bay (which now houses extra cables...so i got to clean some of the mess up). After fitting the 8800GT in there, i realized that it was extremely hot...i never even thought about it.
But one day after playing some COD4 online, my FPS started to drop dramatically, and touching the side of the case was uncomfortable. I've since then taken the card back. i could have bought an extra fan, or heat sink, or something for it....but there just wasn't any room.
So in my closet i've got the Radeon x1950 Pro, x1650 Pro, and that's it. If anyone has any ideas on some other cheap cards (if neither of these are good), i'd like some ideas...but they can't be this new "long" type model that most video card companies are producing. Everything about the PC has gotten smaller (except for storage size) in the past 10 years except for Video cards, which are now getting larger....it's very strange!
So yea...GeForce 9500 GS vs Radeon x1950 Pro, which is better (minus the fan noise)? Just want to make sure this x1950 Pro can run Sins and The Last Remnant (new game from Square Enix) before i pop that thing in.