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November 24, 2008 1:04:59 AM

My initial apologies if this isn't the right forum for this post. I didn't see any section for "general questions."

So, today, my video card decided to die on me. 100% no video, although the sound works: this allowed me to verify the system successfully boots -- I can hear the "logged in" audio. The monitor if fine. The card actually did flake out a couple times before video just complete went blank.

I was already planning to upgrade next year, around spring time. Now, I'm thinking, "IT'S A SIGN!"...alright, not really. But you get the point: upgrade now?

What are your opinions on that? I'm not looking at getting the top of the line of everything: generally I just go for 1 or 2 steps below. The question is; is it work upgrading now? Or just buy a video card (like he ATI 4850) and wait a few months before doing the rest of the system?

For the curious, my current system is:
AMD Athlon 64bit 4000+
2g DDR PC3200 RAM
ASUS A8N Deluxe (939 chipset)
7600GT (which died)

I built it in '05. Back then, it was good. ha.
The primary purpose of my system is gaming. Naturally, that system IS a bit due for an overhaul for today's games. There's no upgrade paths, and any better video card will be bottle necked by the CPU.

Worth upgrading now? Or wait a bit more?

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November 24, 2008 1:16:46 AM

I would get a cheap ATI 4670 (which should beat your 7600gt.. I think XD) and wait that i7 and Deneb become more mainstream before doing another computer.
November 24, 2008 1:32:00 AM

+1 ^

I wouldn't spend more than $160 on a new card for that system. It isn't worth it
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November 24, 2008 1:37:21 AM

Bigburn hit it on the head. Your best bet right now, IMO, is to drop in a 4670. It won't require you to replace your power supply just to run it, yet it will hand your old 7600gt it's ass in terms of gaming performance.

MSI Radeon HD 4670 512MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card - Retail $79.99 ($64.99 after $15 mail in rebate) with free shipping and free game (Rainbow6 Vegas 2)

At that price it shouldn't really put you off of your plans to do a complete rebuild next spring.
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November 24, 2008 1:38:45 AM

A HD 4850 would be a huge difference compared to what you've had so far. You need a 450W PSU or larger and decent case cooling.

A HD 4670 should handle anything that the 7600GT used to handle. That is, if you're planning to keep using the same old games, the HD 4670 is plenty. If you want to try newer games, the HD 4850 is worth it.

Download Driver Cleaner and run it before installing ATI drivers.
November 24, 2008 1:42:10 AM

I wouldn't spend more than $100 for a video card for that system.
November 24, 2008 1:42:12 AM

Yeah like they said, buy a cheaper card now and wait for the i7/deneb to hit the market harder and come down in price.
November 24, 2008 1:52:17 AM

jeteryankees22 said:
Yeah like they said, buy a cheaper card now and wait for the i7/deneb to hit the market harder and come down in price.


deneb is? That's the second time I've herd that, but I hadn't seen any details on it. I know of i7.
November 24, 2008 1:55:57 AM

deneb will be the new line of CPU form AMD
November 24, 2008 2:05:45 AM

BigBurn said:
I would get a cheap ATI 4670 (which should beat your 7600gt.. I think XD) and wait that i7 and Deneb become more mainstream before doing another computer.

Alright, sounds like the plan. I'll look for one here in the next day or two.

mtyermom said:
MSI Radeon HD 4670 512MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card - Retail $79.99 ($64.99 after $15 mail in rebate) with free shipping and free game (Rainbow6 Vegas 2)

At that price it shouldn't really put you off of your plans to do a complete rebuild next spring.

Good point. Thanks.
November 24, 2008 2:31:26 AM

Even though your power supply could handle it, anything more powerful than the 4670 will be bottlenecked by your CPU anyway. So I still feel the 4670 is the best fit for that system.
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November 24, 2008 3:28:58 AM

A 4850 would be a better fit, IF the screen resolution was at about 16x12 or bigger. The 4670 is the smartest buy, unless he wanted to buy the 4850 now and use it in the computer upgrade later.
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