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Radeon HD 5450 overheating. Please suggest replacement

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July 25, 2014 5:05:05 PM

I'm fairly sure my old Radeon HD 5450 is failing as I get video lockups and then bluescreened. The temp of the GPU hits about 68C (from what I can tell using Open Hardware Monitor) and then I get the BSOD.

Here's what I have:

Dell XPS Studio 7100 - bought around November 2011.
8gb DDR3 RAM
Two 1gb WD hard drives
460W PSU
ATI Radeon HD 5450 1GB GPU

For the replacement I'd like to stay around $300.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: ASAP

USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Studio audio editing using Reaper as a DAW. It's very CPU and GPU intensive. Other than that, I use it to watch Netflix, 1080p videos and to play Bioshock.


CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: ATI Radeon HD 5450 1GB - 460W PSU.

OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: AMD Phenom II 1035T with 6 cores. Dell MoBo OGK1K2.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com

PARTS PREFERENCES: An AMD card would be preferable as it would integrate nicely with the CPU.

OVERCLOCKING: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: As long as I'm here, one of my IT8721F chips is running at about 70C temperature-wise. That sounds pretty high to me, and this makes me wonder if the two overheating probs are related. Maybe not.

Thanks!

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July 25, 2014 8:53:01 PM

For what it's worth, that isn't a high temp for a gfx card. In fact, downright good. I suspect your BSOD is caused by something else. A bad memory stick often causes BSODs. Have you run memtest? http://www.memtest.org/
Driver and software conflicts and registry errors are another culprit. Run CCLeaner and do the Clean and Registry portions both. https://www.piriform.com/CCLEANER

But if you still want to upgrade your gfx card, what is the make/model of your "460W" PSU? Not all PSUs are created equal. And a $300 card will be a bit more than the 2.6GHZ Phenom II can keep up with.
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July 26, 2014 11:24:28 AM

Thanks for your reply. It's good to know the GPU is not causing the BSOD problems.

Actually I would still like to upgrade my video card.

Since the $300 mark seems to outclass my processor, I've been thinking of alternatives.

Would a ATI Radeon HD 7770 or 7850 work? Or are there better alternatives in that price range?

clutchc said:
For what it's worth, that isn't a high temp for a gfx card. In fact, downright good. I suspect your BSOD is caused by something else. A bad memory stick often causes BSODs. Have you run memtest? http://www.memtest.org/
Driver and software conflicts and registry errors are another culprit. Run CCLeaner and do the Clean and Registry portions both. https://www.piriform.com/CCLEANER

But if you still want to upgrade your gfx card, what is the make/model of your "460W" PSU? Not all PSUs are created equal. And a $300 card will be a bit more than the 2.6GHZ Phenom II can keep up with.


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July 26, 2014 11:55:17 AM

Those are good choices. The HD 7850 has been replaced now by the R9-265. So you could consider that one too. The HD 7770 is now the R7-260, and the HD 7790 is now the R7-260X. Here is a hierarchy chart of gfx cards and a rough guide as to where they rank.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-car...
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July 26, 2014 12:06:13 PM

Thanks! You're fantastic!

clutchc said:
Those are good choices. The HD 7850 has been replaced now by the R9-265. So you could consider that one too. The HD 7770 is now the R7-260, and the HD 7790 is now the R7-260X. Here is a hierarchy chart of gfx cards and a rough guide as to where they rank.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-car...


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August 3, 2014 12:14:37 PM

I've been looking at the R7 260X and it looks like it's taller (takes up two bays.) My GPU is pretty short (looking at it from the video connector.)

I just want to make sure I'm buying the right upgrade. Sorry if this is a redundant post.

I appreciate your help.

Thanks!

clutchc said:
Those are good choices. The HD 7850 has been replaced now by the R9-265. So you could consider that one too. The HD 7770 is now the R7-260, and the HD 7790 is now the R7-260X. Here is a hierarchy chart of gfx cards and a rough guide as to where they rank.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-car...


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August 3, 2014 12:49:11 PM

Is this what your PC looks like inside? http://hothardware.com/articleimages/Item1527/XPS_7100_...
Which R9-260X are you looking to get? They usually are pretty short cards. Open your PC up and measure from the back of the case to the first obstruction the card would run into. Then compare that to the card's listed length.

Most decent cards are all 2 bay wide. That's the room necessary for the cooling apparatus. But if the above case is yours, that shouldn't be an issue unless you have a card below the Gfx card slot.
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August 3, 2014 1:42:12 PM

Yep, that's my case all right.

I was looking the MSI R7 260X 2GD5 OC Radeon 2GB PCI Express 3.0

Here's the link.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

It's not the length of the card that worries me. It's the head-on height. My bays look shorter than what the R7 260X looks like in the pictures. But it sounds like, from what you're recommending, that shouldn't be an issue.

I think I'll just go ahead and buy it. I've been having bluescreen issues and I've narrowed it down to either the GPU or a driver incompatibility.

clutchc said:
Is this what your PC looks like inside? http://hothardware.com/articleimages/Item1527/XPS_7100_...
Which R9-260X are you looking to get? They usually are pretty short cards. Open your PC up and measure from the back of the case to the first obstruction the card would run into. Then compare that to the card's listed length.

Most decent cards are all 2 bay wide. That's the room necessary for the cooling apparatus. But if the above case is yours, that shouldn't be an issue unless you have a card below the Gfx card slot.

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August 3, 2014 1:49:33 PM

That case is a mATX. It shouldn't be a slim line that would require a low profile card. Look at the back of your case. There might be a removable bracket over part of the expansion bays. With that removed, the length of the expansion openings/covers should be around 4 1/2". That is the size of full height expansion openings.
That card should fit fine as long as there's no card in one of the lower slots. I don't know if you'll be able to use that gfx card support that Dell puts in the case. But you don't need it. It's mainly for shipping or moving the PC around.
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August 4, 2014 8:44:45 AM

OK, thanks. It's a single slot height bay with no bracket between the slots. I guess I can either cut out the separator between the bays or just replace with the same card.
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August 4, 2014 12:19:17 PM

Ravoblex said:
OK, thanks. It's a single slot height bay with no bracket between the slots. I guess I can either cut out the separator between the bays or just replace with the same card.


Wait. What? Cut what out? Is this the way the back of your case looks? You don't have to cut anything out.
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August 19, 2014 10:56:02 AM

Okay. I got the R7 260X and installed it. Works a treat! Thanks for all your help. I was just a little muddled about how the card looked versus how the back of my case looked. Everything's all sorted now. Thanks much!
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August 19, 2014 11:54:45 AM

Ravoblex said:
Okay. I got the R7 260X and installed it. Works a treat! Thanks for all your help. I was just a little muddled about how the card looked versus how the back of my case looked. Everything's all sorted now. Thanks much!


Glad to hear. Yes, it can get a bit intimidating the first time you attempt something new like that.
The R7-260X should be a big improvement over your HD 5450: http://www.hwcompare.com/15567/radeon-hd-5450-vs-radeon...
Thanks for checking back with the results.
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