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ThinkCentre m91p 7033D54 add video card

Hello everyone!

 

I've gotten a hold of the m91p 7033d54 tower and was looking online everywhere to see if i could add a video card to this computer. I realize there are other posts about m91ps discussing the range of ati HD6600 series to the 7700s but I wanted to be extra sure for my own computer's sake. If anyone has or had a thinkcentre m91p 7033d54 (since there are multiple models of the m91p, I suspected the power consumption is different), please let me know if you added a video card! or... if anyone is familiar with this model of the m91p, please help me out! I realize since it is a compact tower that I'd need a small and low-profile video card. Smiley Happy Thank you!

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to add on to that, I do like to game quite a bit (but not one who emphasizes the game's worth on the graphics) so I would like for any recommendations to be something good enough to play decent games. (honestly, my wish is for someone to tell me "I installed a 7770 [or higher] with no problem, go for it!") what i'm trying to get at is I want to get the best video card I can fit in this tower without swapping for a stronger PSU. many thanks! Smiley Very Happy
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Re: ThinkCentre m91p 7033D54 add video card

To be clear on terminology, your model is a SFF, Small Form Factor (the Tower is a different model.)

7750 is the best graphics card avail (a 6670 is work also, but has worse thermals and lower performance.) You'll need a low-profile card, and measure the length avail., as it will be tight also. Get the one with the largest fan, it will cool better with less noise. The PSU is a custom size, and not easy to upgrade.

I'm using AMD Catalyst 13.4, it's solid. Monitor system and GPU temps during gaming, you may need to remove the pci slot cover next to the GPU for ventilation.

Be at the latest BIOS, Lenovo and MSFT updates.
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i realize i chose yours as best answer but after reading a couple more forums posts, how do you know the 7750 will worK? everyone on other forums say "you need 261w PSU to run a 7750" are you currently running an m91p SFF? and are they all the same power consumption? if so, then hell yeah i believe you since you're living proof of it working haha
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Because a 6670 will work in a SFF, and has a higher power consumption, 66 vs 55w. Plus the 7750 is typically shorter and will fit without modifications.

http://forums.lenovo.com/t5/A-M-and-Edge-Series-ThinkCentre/M91p-SFF-HD-6670-Low-Profile-graphics-ca...

The factory graphics card, HD 7450 is 25w, this is 30w more worst case.

http://support.lenovo.com/en_US/product-and-parts/detail.page?&DocID=PD024088

 

btw:  I'm now running Catalyst 13.9, solid also.  And seems to be more energy efficient, my 6670 avg work day temps dropped by 1-2 degrees (I have a tower.) 

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perfect! i was just worrying that not all m91p SFF were the same power supply/power consumption amounts, but if so, then 7750 here we go!
hehe, i was recommended a 5770 since it was better, but realized it's a full size video card, an older generation card (ie won't support newer games as much), and has a much higher power consumption.
many thanks biggal Smiley Happy
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No worries. Let's know what you chose and how it's working.
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Since I'm the type to obsess over something a few weeks before buying it, I kept searching the forums and realized that the hd6670 worked with an m91p that had 280W. My m91p SFF only has 240W (so I've checked here: http://reviews.cnet.com/desktops/lenovo-thinkcentre-m91p-7033/4507-3118_7-34531253.html) and am now skeptical of it really working :x

 

This might just be me being all paranoid, but I don't like going through the hassle of buying something I've built up for so long only to have to return it and wait a while to replace/upgrade the necessary components.

 

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Given your concerns, perhaps upgrading with Lenovo components might be a better choice.

The HD 7450 I linked to above and here is certified to use on all M91 models, and provides a good upgrade over the integrated graphics. This model is OEM only, so Lenovo branded cards, HP, etc.

http://support.lenovo.com/en_US/product-and-parts/detail.page?&DocID=PD024088

You could buy direct from Lenovo, but you may find a better price from a Lenovo retailer or on Ebay/Amazon.

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SO!!! I finally bought it!

 

I opted for the Sapphire HD7750 Low Profile Card

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202002

 

It shipped within 2 days and I've used it for a couple hours now. With a PSU of 240W, it's been running really well so far, not sure about the heat, but I don't hear or feel any difference by adding the card. No BSODs or crashes *crosses fingers* *knocks on wood* Great buy! I've seen someone on newegg say their 220W was enough too... So for future reference, 240W definitely works, 220W is pushing it (but seemed to still work for that one guy) Thanks BiggAl!

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