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Cheap GPU to replace dieing 6600gt

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July 5, 2008 6:59:39 PM

Hey
I have 6600gt at the moment. However i am having a lot of trouble with it. Recently it has started making a funny noise, coming from the fan. And i have noticed a distinct drop in performance. I used to be able to play games like 2142 now there is just too much lag.

So i've decided i need to just buy a super cheap card that will let me play games like 2142, Empire Earth 2, Counter Strike Source until i get enough money to buy my new rig.

I've had a look around a the best cards for what i want appear to be the Ati 3450 256mb and the 8400gs 256mb

Will either of these cards be good enough for what i need, which one is best? If not what would best suit my situation?

Thanks
Ryan
July 5, 2008 9:34:48 PM

Depends, what kind of slot do you have for the card? AGP or PCI-E? Some other specs would be nice too, like RAM and CPU.
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July 5, 2008 9:42:37 PM

Those are both pretty poor cards. Try to find a 3650/2600XT/2600pro. You should be able to find one of those for around $50.
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July 5, 2008 11:52:35 PM

You could always change the fan with an aftermarket cooler
July 5, 2008 11:57:27 PM

What kind of system do you have? Maybe you need to defrag your hard drive and remove all that spyware and other crap off your computer. How much memory do you have ....etc......etc.......etc.........
July 6, 2008 2:44:18 AM

3.2ghz P4
2gb ddr ram
Pci-express

Not too much spyware crap, if any i formatted a few weeks ago to try and fix the problem.
Well, i was thinking if i can pick up a cheap card, itll be better then my 6600gt so its not worth screwing round putting a new fan on.

Ryan
July 6, 2008 3:48:06 AM

check the fan for dust. cards throttle their speed if the fan doesn't cool it well enough.
July 6, 2008 3:58:59 AM

ryan93 said:
3.2ghz P4
2gb ddr ram
Pci-express

Not too much spyware crap, if any i formatted a few weeks ago to try and fix the problem.
Well, i was thinking if i can pick up a cheap card, itll be better then my 6600gt so its not worth screwing round putting a new fan on.

Ryan


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - 3850 AMD 99$ - any cheaper than this would probably just be total crap :p 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - 9600 GT 120$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - 3870 AMD 125$ - these two cards are comparable performers


If you want a GPU that you could actually use in your new build in a crossfire setup with a second card later:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - Visiontek AMD 4850 195$, your current system will hold it back but this will have quite a bit more potential than the first set of cards I listed.

If you can get your current GPU to work properly then i'd hold off until your new build, but those above would be my recommendations in for cheaper gaming gpus~
July 7, 2008 12:10:20 PM

^^^ disagree.
I have a P4 3.0ghz, and i replaced my 6600gt with a 3850 AMD. Completely bottlenecked, it only let me run OLD games at higher settings. Any new game could not run past 30fps because of CPU bottleneck. So i tripled my RAM from 1GB to 3GB. Didnt help.

I recommend a 3650.
July 7, 2008 6:09:06 PM

go with the 8400gs their reliable and on the cheap end
July 7, 2008 8:26:50 PM

Aurora18 said:
go with the 8400gs their reliable and on the cheap end


That's TOO low. I think the 6600GT beats the 8400GS.
July 7, 2008 8:28:17 PM

8400 gs isnt a good card if you do any gaming. Its great for watching hd though. It has a 64bit bus and is very slow, like 10x slower than a 9600gt.

I would go nvidia, i have had nothing but problems with ati and wont use them again. Poor quality of product and the drivers are a nightmare.
July 7, 2008 8:38:27 PM

it all depends on the game you want and besides ryan93 said cheap
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July 7, 2008 11:28:20 PM

What depends on the games you want? The 7300GT is as fast as the 8500GT, so the 8400 is very bad. VERY bad. I wouldn't go any lower then the 3650/2600XT. (for Nvidia, that would be the 8600GT.) The AMD cards should be around $50ish, not sure about the 8600GT, its been awhile since I looked at it.

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I would go nvidia, i have had nothing but problems with ati and wont use them again. Poor quality of product and the drivers are a nightmare.


Have you used anything since the Rage days? Perhaps you've heard of their new series, called Radeon. My last three cards have all been ATI/AMDs, never had any issues with them. (card before that was an Nvidia, didn't have any issues with that either.)
July 8, 2008 8:31:25 PM

Ya, i bought one last year, it died in two weeks. So i contacted customer support and it took me 8 emails and 1month for them to figure out that it is "really" an ati card.

So i spent $14 sending it back, only to find my replacement dies in three days. Not worth the time or shipping money to bother with those people.

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July 8, 2008 8:47:24 PM

Scan any forum, someone had a bad experience with everyone. Someone on this forum even had a bad experience with XFX. (it might have been eVGA, its been awhile since I was in that thread.) To rule out all AMD cards because you had a bad experience with one company is rather dumb.

Dud cards can be anywhere. You've had two bad ones, I've had three great ATI cards. Neither of which means anything.
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