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Dell Precision T1500 & Nvidia FX 1800 Graphics Card, Solidworks 2010

I'm looking to purchase several Dell Precision T1500's complete with either an Nvidia FX 580 grahpics card or ideally and Nvidia FX 1800.
The problem I have is Dell will sell me the cards but can not guarenetee that they will work with the machines,

The cards will fit, hopefully there is enough power in the PSU to drive everything.
Has any one else ran this config or can tell me if it will work ok?

Thanks in advance.
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thegiantsmurf
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NeilParbrookCommented:
I cannot forsee any problems with this as long as the specifications of the card match the motherboard.  I have added nvidia card to various dells in the past, but I havn't done it in a while so therfore can't give you a garentee that it will.
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thegiantsmurfAuthor Commented:
My main concern is the power consumption.
The FX1800 graphics card pulls some 59 W where the FX580 only sucks 40 W.

There is no extra ports on the graphics which requires a PSU adaptor.
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nobusCommented:
if you know the parts, calculate the power consumption here : http://www.extreme.outervision.com/psucalculatorlite.jsp
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NeilParbrookCommented:
Whats the spec of the machines?
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thegiantsmurfAuthor Commented:
Full spec pulled from Dell Quote :

Precision T1500 : Standard Mini-Tower (Vertical orientation)
            Processor : One® Intel™ i5-670(3.46GHz,4MB,DC)
            Ship Accessory : UK/Irish Docs with UK/Irish Power Cord
Resource DVD : Precision T1500 Diagnostics and Drivers
            Memory : 8GB (4x2GB) 1333MHz DDR3 Non-ECC
            Hard Drive : 250GB (7200RPM) Serial ATA II with NCQ and 16MB DataBurst Cache
            Optical Drive : PowerDVD 8.3 Software and Media included
Optical Drive : Roxio Creator 10.3 including software
Optical Drive : 16X DVD+/-RW Drive
            Display : Not Included (for Bundles only)
            Graphics : 768MB PCIe x16 NVIDIA Quadro FX 1800 (2xDP+DVI or DP+2xDVI or DP+DVI+VGA) Graphics
            Audio : Sound Card Not Included (No discrete sound card included)
            Speakers : Not Included
            Mice : Dell Laser Scroll USB (6 Buttons) Black Mouse
Keyboard : UK/Irish (QWERTY) Dell Standard Quietkey USB Keyboard Black
Operating System : English Genuine Windows 7 Professional (64Bit OS)
OS Media : MUI Windows 7 Professional (64Bit OS) Resource DVD
Software : English Microsoft Office 2007 Basic (Word, Excel, Outlook) with Recovery CD
AntiVirus : Norton Internet Security 2010 (30 day subscription)Software MUI (CZ, DT,
NL,UK,FI,FR,DE,HUN, POR,IT,NO,PO,SE,RU,ES,TUR
Precision Order - United Kingdom
1Yr Basic Warranty - Next Business Day - Minimum Warranty
Base Warranty
Declined ProSupport
3Yr Basic Warranty - Next Business Day
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NeilParbrookCommented:
Any RAID?

What's the size of the psu?
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thegiantsmurfAuthor Commented:
I've removed the raid config as Solidworks works quicker without it.
The PSU on the Dell site is '350 watt 65% efficient power supply'
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thegiantsmurfAuthor Commented:
On the Nvidia website it details the consumption (http://www.nvidia.co.uk/object/product_quadro_fx_1800_uk.html) on this Dell spec sheet (http://www1.euro.dell.com/content/products/featuresdetails.aspx/precision-t1500?c=uk&l=en&s=bsd&cs=ukbsdt1&~lt=popup) it shows that it will support 'upto 150 watts' but is this card a Gen 2 Graphics card ?

I've got a feeling that Dell really want me to have the T3500 range, which means more money / less processor and RAM for my money, but why wont they just say it will work?
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NeilParbrookCommented:
I would say it is a good bet that given the lack of raid and therefore only one hard drive? that the PSU should be OK to handle the card.

The nvidia cards do not have additional power sockets by design as the power consumption is relativly low.

Whilst it would be difficult for me to say it will be OK, if it was me I would take the risk as I would think that there is a 99% chance it will be OK.

It would be worth considering not filling the box up with other cards and the like as this will just reduce the available power.
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NeilParbrookCommented:
Please bare in mind that the differance between the FX580 and FX1800 is only 19 watts, not a lot more than an energy saving lightbulb!
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thegiantsmurfAuthor Commented:
My other concern is the warrenty from Dell, knowing my luck (and sod's law) something would / might blow on the motherbaord in 2 years time.
The instant responce from Dell would be 'unsupported graphics card in the mahcine' .

Taking a big step back, I think I'll have to bite the bullet and opt for the T3500 range of PC's, be covered with Dell Warrenty, and have a lower spec'ed Processor, as my next problem is that Solidworks dont like Quad Core Processor's....they run faster with Dual (so I've been told)
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NeilParbrookCommented:
CHeck this benchmarking information compilled by Anna Wood a6t Anna's Solid Muse

http://spreadsheets.google.com/pub?key=pz7wTpIkC7LA28ybEyxyTPw

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nobusCommented:
did you try the calculator i suggested?
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thegiantsmurfAuthor Commented:
Sure did, it came back as needing 295 watts, where the PSU kicks out 350 watts.
It's going to be too close to call.
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nobusCommented:
i agree with that, since it is anolder PS, it will put out less
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