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Could the cold damage my 770?

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November 30, 2013 8:36:22 PM

So I earned a bonus at my humble job this month and thought,"I'm going to use every penny of this to buy a graphic card," So in my mind I've already determined that I'm going to search for a 400$ card- better or not.

So I settle on the EVGA 4GB GTX 770. There was a person that told me the the r280x was a little faster in some cases and I should go with that. But I thought the 770 was the best card I could get after what I read.

So I get the thing , install it and the card will not boot past POST. EVGA tells me that the BIOS in my premade HP (h8-1214) isn't sophisticated enough for their fancy card. I find a web site that specs the 770 with different mobo's and my mobo earns a 7.4 on their scale for performance. So I believe my system is compatible. I think the card is bad, and I wonder if it being left on the porch in the cold all day may have damaged it?

So I sent it back and order the Sapphire r9 280x for 300$ (I was stoked that it comes with B4F). My system has the FX-6100 processor in it so I'm sure that it would have bottle necked the 770 (probably will with the 280x) but I'm just asking you guys: Should I be really sad that I had to send back the EVGA 770 for the Sapphire R9 280x?

I guess after all that it is the same question many have asked, "Which card is better."

Do you think the cold could be responsible for the card not working?

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November 30, 2013 8:42:17 PM

Nah, the cold isn't going to damage it. Perhaps if the card was wet, and the cold was so severe that it froze and literally burst parts on your card, maybe. Of course, if the card was wet to begin with, you were already screwed.

The 770 is faster in general, but I don't think you'd ever notice a difference between the two in real life gaming. So don't sweat it.

However, I doubt the Psu that came with your Pc is powerful enough to handle either card. You will probably need to upgrade it to at least a good 500w before being able to game. Something like: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Solid Psu that isn't a lot of money.
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November 30, 2013 10:26:57 PM

I already got a 750 cossair. I had trouble installing it b/c there was this 12v 4 pin atx input on the board and I couldn't see how to hook it up. So I first tried sliding a 6 pin in the middle of it. Then I read a post that said the 8-pin breaks in half. While doing all this I was moving the new card and my old one in and out several times. They always warn of "ESD!:ouch: " but I tried to touch the power supply and be careful. If the thing is that delicate that when can you do.


So here is a sight that says the m3970am-hp (angelica 2) board is compatible with the 770.
http://www.pc-specs.com/gpu/Nvidia/700_Series/GeForce_G...

My board isn't an "angelica 2", but just a plain old Angelica- from what I can see.
http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?cc=us&lc=en...

The socket size and chip set all seem to be the same, but you don't think this could ultimately matter do you? The 770 not working on the Angelica 1 board?

I'm guessing no.
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November 30, 2013 10:49:29 PM

Yeah, the 4+4 auxilliary power connector for the motherboard splits, and only one of them should fit. The mini-plugs are shaped differently to avoid using the wrong one. The main connector is a 20+4 pin and you shouldn't have any issues with that one. Did you remember to hook up the PCI-E power cable(s) into the new video card though? It would either be a 6 pin, or a 6+2 pin, and it might have two of them total.
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December 1, 2013 10:27:17 AM

Yea, I hooked those up a number of ways. There was a 3 and a 4 pin that had to go into the card. At first I had to use the adapters that came with it, then I looked closer at the new psu chords and found a 3 - so then I didn't have to use the adapters. What I mean to say is that I tried many combinations of the PCI-E chords.

When we first hooked every thing up no power would come on at all. Then I remember my college teacher telling me to find the source start unhooking everything and see when it powers on. Well when I unhooked that 4 pin 12v I was talking about the computer turned on. Meaning I had the wrong rail hooked in.

I couldn't have sent a bad charge to that card and burned it up in anyway could I?
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December 1, 2013 3:50:47 PM

Those cables usually won't plug in unless they are the right ones. The individual pins on the connectors are shaped differently so that doesn't happen. I'm hoping that you are just confusing the cables, because the video card uses either a 6 pin, or a 6+2pin connector for it, and may use two of those also. Not a 3 or 4 pin. If you can avoid it, don't use the adapters. Only best to use the actual pci-e cables that came with the psu.

Double check your manual for your Psu, and make sure next time you hook up the cables that you are using the right ones for the job.
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