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March 17, 2014 9:35:34 AM

This past few months I've been saving up to upgrade my aging D0 920 i7 set-up but it seems it will have to wait since my Palit GTX670 is about to die I think.

Since November last year I have been encountering several driver crashes, BSOD, and CTDs. I did driver updates, driver roll-backs, reformats and even went so far as to reseat my GPU. It sometimes provide a temporary fix, but the problem will resurface again in a couple of days or weeks. Longest it got was 2 months without any crash. I consulted these crashes 4 months ago here on this site and followed the instructions suggested but the problem is still here.

The money I saved up for a new CPU, Mobo and RAM is enough to get me a GTX 770 4gb version (or an AMD equivalent in terms of price.). Should I upgrade my video card now because of these errors or wait for the next batch of GPUs? What do you guys think?

I'm just a student so it takes me a while to save enough money for my PC.

My current system:
Intel i7 D0 920 (2.8gb stock speed)
Foxconn Bloodrage LGA 1366 mobo
3 (2GB) Patriot RAM 1600 Tri-channel
Corsair HX620W PSU
Windows Vista 64bit Professional

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March 17, 2014 9:50:17 AM

I don't think an upgrade from 670 to 770 won't be worthwhile. I would wait and go for higher end gtx 780 or r9 290. If you are going to get 770, I recommend the 2 gb and I see the 4 gb as a waste of money since the card is not powerful enough to work at vrams great than 2. Waiting for the next badge might take a while considering Nvidia 800 series is most likely going to be released Q1 2015, so I wouldn't recommend that. 8gb of ram makes a big difference when gaming with very high end cards and would recommend that upgrade.
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March 17, 2014 11:54:26 AM

Consider cleaning the card out, dust and carpet fibre will clog the heatsink fins, causing the card to overheat which can lead to the problems you have.
Plenty of computer stores now sell cans of gas for this purpose, pop the card out, take it outside and use the gas to blow against the normal airflow of the cooler in order to blast any dust/fibre out of the cooler fins and through the fan/s. Don't allow the fans to spin freely in reverse, they'll be damaged, either hold them with a finger or use a little Sellotape to hold them. Clean their blades with a cotton bud.
As a direct replacement, the GTX760 is the answer.
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March 18, 2014 1:04:08 AM

coozie7 said:
Consider cleaning the card out, dust and carpet fibre will clog the heatsink fins, causing the card to overheat which can lead to the problems you have.
Plenty of computer stores now sell cans of gas for this purpose, pop the card out, take it outside and use the gas to blow against the normal airflow of the cooler in order to blast any dust/fibre out of the cooler fins and through the fan/s. Don't allow the fans to spin freely in reverse, they'll be damaged, either hold them with a finger or use a little Sellotape to hold them. Clean their blades with a cotton bud.
As a direct replacement, the GTX760 is the answer.


Cleaned the card today and it booted fine, but crashed again when I try to play any games.
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March 18, 2014 4:02:59 AM

Not sure what you did earlier to resolve the issue and since there seems to be no software problems I'll suggest you check the CPU temperature, reseat the memory and try another card to see if those fix the problem, otherwise, as stated, a GTX760 is a direct replacement (it's actually a slightly modified GTX670 and uses the same GPU).
Unless you're gaming above 1080 res there's no need for a 4Gb card BTW, the 2 Gb GTX770 is plenty...And cheaper than the 4Gb version.
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March 18, 2014 5:32:59 AM

coozie7 said:
Not sure what you did earlier to resolve the issue and since there seems to be no software problems I'll suggest you check the CPU temperature, reseat the memory and try another card to see if those fix the problem, otherwise, as stated, a GTX760 is a direct replacement (it's actually a slightly modified GTX670 and uses the same GPU).
Unless you're gaming above 1080 res there's no need for a 4Gb card BTW, the 2 Gb GTX770 is plenty...And cheaper than the 4Gb version.


Alright, just finished another round of Test and here is what I got:

CPU temperature: 34 degrees (idle), 58 degrees (prime95 load)

Interestingly though, I checked my RAM status before reseat them and only now did I notice that my Task Manager is reporting 4gb of RAM but My Computer and CPU-Z are reporting 6gb installed.

After that, I reseated by RAMs but my PC refused to boot, so I reseated them again and after reaching the desktop, my Task Manager still reports 4gb of ram being used.
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March 20, 2014 8:51:47 AM

Alright, I will just have to earn extra cash to buy a 780 or a 780 ti to get the most of the upgrade. Thanks for the opinion guys.
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