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Sapphire HD 7970 3GB Vapor-X broken, need some advice to buy another one before 25th April 2014

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April 21, 2014 2:23:39 AM

hi,
first I'm gonna show my old system specs:
CPU : AMD Phenom II X4 e965 black ed.
Motherboard : Gigabyte GA-790FXTA-UD5
GPU : none atm, the last one is Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 Vapor-X 3 GHz
RAM : 4 GB from corsair, forgot the type
HDD 1 : WD1003FZEX, SATA 6GB/s, 1TB, 7200 rpm, 64 MB Cache, 3.5"
HDD 2 : WD5003AZEX, SATA 6GB/s, 500 GB, 7200 rpm, 64 MB Cache, 3.5"
Sound card : Creative X-Fi Platinum Fatal1ty Champion Series
PSU : Corsair HX850 850 Watt
Display : LG Flatron L1953S
Cooling : Air
case :Cooler Master Cosmos II

My graphic card, the HD 7970 one, just got broken at 13th April 2014, and somehow I found it pretty weird since in the beginning after I bought this product to change the HD 5870(it was really old and it actually broken) in about 7 month ago, (the condition is the graphic cards is still on but the display is still off and no sound at that moment), but when after bought this HD 7970 into my system, I was happy at the beginning but after a few weeks, it shows something weird habit, when I was playing game or watch the movies using Windows Media Player Classic, the graphics always stuttering once, and then the graphics run smoothly without showing the stuttering again for a while. I've been tried to updating the driver, and the results still same. This conditions continued until at 13th April 2014, when I was playing Phantasy Star Online 2, in the middle of battle, suddenly the display turn into save mode, and all system is like on hibernate on itself(sounds suddenly off, but all of the peripherals is still working like usual). I was trying to restarting my PC using forced reset mode, and still nothing, but after I forced it to shutdown and then trying to turn it on again, I just found the beep with 1 long and 2 shorts(indicating that my graphic cards is having a problem in the display ports).

As for your information:
- I was using a dvi to vga converter since my display is really old, and I've been tried to change the converter too, and both dvi port, and the result still the same before it was broken.
- My PC is not overclocked.

my questions is:
1. Although my graphic card is under repair, I'm still confused, why my graphic cards is broken easily under 1 years(back then my HD 5870 is running smooth for 5 years without problems)? Is it because I have miscalculation about the PSU factor?(I mean is the 850 Watt can't handle those system and should I buy a new PSU?)Or is it a defected product?

2. Since the product is under repair and it will take 1 month long, I need a new AMD graphic card to replace that for:
- gaming especially a game like Diablo III Reaper of Souls, Phantasy Star Online 2, Dishonored, Crysis 3, Castlevania Lord of Shadows 2, Metal Gear Rising Revengeance, Metro Last Light, Titanfall
- works like Ableton Live! 9
and my requirements are:
- my maximum budget is $500
- for now my monitor max resolution is 1280x1024, thinking of buy a new monitor after this
- preferably the Sapphire one
- no overclocking
- just need a single GPU since my PSU is not big enough to handle two XD
- the specs at least same like Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 Vapor-X 3 GHz, or better than that

if you don't mind, can you provide me some enlightenment so I can play again at 25 April at least?

3. Am I need to upgrade my system too especially for the motherboard and the display, since I presumed that maybe they're so old that can affect my graphic cards performance too?

maybe that's all of my questions for now, and I'm very sorry for my poor English, if I made some mistake in this thread, please forgive me. Thank you for your attention.

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April 21, 2014 2:46:34 AM

1. The PSU should be OK. Use HWMonitor to check voltages
2. Your PSU should handle 280X/7970 CF (They are the same card). Sapphire is considered very good for Radeon cards. And you sure should get a 1080p monitor.
3. Yep you should upgrade - AMD FX-8350 or Intel i5 4670k at least. Especially if you have CF 7970/280X
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April 22, 2014 2:38:17 AM

i7Baby said:
1. The PSU should be OK. Use HWMonitor to check voltages
2. Your PSU should handle 280X/7970 CF (They are the same card). Sapphire is considered very good for Radeon cards. And you sure should get a 1080p monitor.
3. Yep you should upgrade - AMD FX-8350 or Intel i5 4670k at least. Especially if you have CF 7970/280X


sorry for the long reply, since I was looking at some of the parts that you suggested, and I agreed that for the 280X I need to upgrade the processor including the motherboard too, and so far I will pick the Sapphire Radeon R9 280X 3G GDDR5 TOXIC, and the FX 8350, and as for the motherboard, I'll pick the GA-990FXA-UD5 model, but it seems in my country, neither of the GA-990FXA-UD5 nor GA-990FXA-UD7 are available anymore, if you don't mind can you give me another recommendation for the motherboards model that I can look for?
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April 22, 2014 4:08:07 AM

Your GPU is actually probably faster without a second, due to the weakness of your CPU. I would change your motherboard immediately though, as your GPU hardware failing so frequently points to possible socket issues on your motherboard. Getting an AM3 mobo would also prepare you for your eventual CPU upgrade.
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April 22, 2014 4:34:04 AM

genz said:
Your GPU is actually probably faster without a second, due to the weakness of your CPU. I would change your motherboard immediately though, as your GPU hardware failing so frequently points to possible socket issues on your motherboard. Getting an AM3 mobo would also prepare you for your eventual CPU upgrade.


yep, and atm I'm still looking the AM3+ motherboard for the FX 8350 later and Sapphire Radeon R9 280X 3G GDDR5 TOXIC, but when I'm looking at GA-990FXA-UD5 or GA-990FXA-UD7, this product are very rare atm in my country, I don't know why, but I'm still struggling so hard to find these boards, is there any good AM3+ motherboard that I can look for?
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April 22, 2014 4:38:24 AM

Plenty, what country are you in if you don't mind saying?
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April 22, 2014 5:03:49 AM

genz said:
Plenty, what country are you in if you don't mind saying?


Indonesia
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April 22, 2014 6:01:42 AM

Try

http://www.technicapc.com/motherboard/514-asus-m5a99x-e...

Arguably a better board. Same amount of SATA through same additional JMicron controller. Same amount of USB3, more PWM fan ports and that new UASP USB3 standard for 9Gb/s data rates.

Let me know if you want something cheaper, or with certain features.
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May 3, 2014 3:01:47 AM

I'm sorry for the long reply, since I was looking for the parts to build my own new systems, and with this, the problem is solved with i7baby ideas... and thanks for the help Night Owl
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