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Upgrading 9800 GTX+ (not typo), suggestions on long-lasting card?

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March 21, 2014 8:45:26 AM

I bought this EVGA 9800 GTX+ in 2009 for $160 and it has lasted a very long time. I believe now it's pretty much on its last leg as I've started seeing issue with the video dropping completely when I play a 30min game of SC2 which I have been playing for a while. Hasn't been an issue until recently.

I didn't realize when I bought the 9800 that it would last this long but it would be nice if I could find another video card that could last me 5 years assuming I don't play all the latest and greatest games.

Considerations/Requirements:
- i7-3370 @ 3.40 GHz
- 24 GB RAM
- PSU: Corsair 550VX (550W)
- Support dual Monitor setup
-- DVI-D (Dual Link), have a Korean 27" IPS running at 2560x1440
-- HDMI or another output for a Dell U2410 running at 1920x1200
- Runs quiet, at least at idle since PC is in my bedroom and I leave it on
- Shouldn't sound like a jet taking off at load but this isn't as important as running quiet at idle

Apps/Games:
- Photoshop (editing raw files)
- Premier (video editing but not as important as PS)
- Starcraft 2 & CS:GO
- Future: Titanfall

Questions:
1) So I'm looking at the March 2014 "Card for the Money" roundup and I'm interested in both the < $300 "enthusiast" card as well as the < $200 "mid-range" card. Am I right in thinking that the GTX 760 is overkill for my needs?

2) Since my EVGA has been running fairly well for the last 5 years, I appreciate it but not loyal to it. Is there sort of a "hierarchy" of brands in terms of quality if I was looking for longevity?

Thanks in advance!

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March 21, 2014 8:54:45 AM

I think in order to get your longevity from your new GPU as you had from the 9800+ (which was a beast of a card), then the 760, 670 (preferable over the 760), a 7870ghz edition or 270X would be the cards for you. A 770 windforce or similar card with huge cooling potential (for increased life and reliability) would also be decent for a long life span at just over $300 USD normally, sometimes under if you find a good sale.
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March 21, 2014 10:57:11 AM

dwatterworth said:
I think in order to get your longevity from your new GPU as you had from the 9800+ (which was a beast of a card), then the 760, 670 (preferable over the 760), a 7870ghz edition or 270X would be the cards for you. A 770 windforce or similar card with huge cooling potential (for increased life and reliability) would also be decent for a long life span at just over $300 USD normally, sometimes under if you find a good sale.


Thanks! Any thoughts about question #2 at the bottom regarding brands (not Nvidia vs. AMD) but like EVGA vs. ASUS?
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March 21, 2014 11:09:07 AM

Definitely. I've built a lot of heavy duty workstations that use real time render engines or GPU rendering lately which really beats on the cards. I've had great luck with:

Sapphire (AMD cards), Zotac (Nvidia cards) -- same company/parts, just different brands for each manufacturer.

EVGA and Asus seem very reliable, I've used both depending on price and applications used.

I've had terrible luck with MSI and Gigabyte, no total failures but lots of issues with fans failing/making tons of noise at idle, lots of coil whine etc etc.
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March 21, 2014 2:20:57 PM

dwatterworth said:
Definitely. I've built a lot of heavy duty workstations that use real time render engines or GPU rendering lately which really beats on the cards. I've had great luck with:

Sapphire (AMD cards), Zotac (Nvidia cards) -- same company/parts, just different brands for each manufacturer.

EVGA and Asus seem very reliable, I've used both depending on price and applications used.

I've had terrible luck with MSI and Gigabyte, no total failures but lots of issues with fans failing/making tons of noise at idle, lots of coil whine etc etc.


Thanks for your input! :) 

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March 21, 2014 5:22:07 PM

7870 Ghz or HD 270x
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