I have an 8600 GTS. I was playing a game until everything became a mosaic art. I had no choice but to close the game. The colors were fine on Window's desktop. I decided to reboot. Weird colored square boxes and lines appeared during the bootup screen. And Windows could not bootup. So, to double check, my card is fried right?
If so, may I get an advise on what card I should get?
My specs are the following,
Psu - Enermax 535w
Cpu - e6300
MB - p5nsli
4gigs of ram and 2 hard drives
I would like to know what is the best graphic card I should+can get for my comp. Any help or suggestion is appreciated. Thank you.
As for a new card, what is the budget and is it for games?
As a fairly cheap upgrade the HD4670 can be found for under $70 US and needs no extra power connector, and the low power 9800GT is around $110 US, anything more powerful will need one (or possibly 2) PCI-E power connectors from the PSU to power it.
coozie7, thank you for that link. It was very informative. Definitely looks like the gpu is damaged.
As for the upgrade, I would like a gaming card and I use 1280x800 or 1440x900 resolution. My budget is $100-200. However I know I have a weak CPU, so if that matters, I don't want something too powerful where my CPU would limit the GPU ( if that makes sense).
Also, to double check, my MB is SLI only right? But can I still use a single Ati card?
As a minimum upgrade the HD4670 or 9600GT will be good but anything over the GTS250 or HD5750 would probably be a little too much.
Also check the power needs of any card you are thinking about, if your PSU has one 6 pin power lead then only look for cards that need one, if the PSU has two, then fine, but do not stray over the top cards, higher rated units may strain the powersupply, even if it has the required two power leads.
Yeah you can use an ATI card, just not 2 of them.
If that is the old 1.8ghz E6300(likely) then yeah, not very good. If it's the newer 2.8ghz one then that's not bad. If you have the old one you'll probably want to upgrade the processor. The newer one is still ok as it is but overclocking it would be a good idea.
Fortunately that resolution is low and even a cheap card should do quite well with it so buying both a good new processor and a good card for your resolution doesn't have to cost more than your stated budget. For $65 you can get an E5200 and OC the hell out of it. All Wolfdale chips OC very well and you should be able to get 3.3-3.5ghz just on stock cooling. Your motherboard seems like it can handle any C2D chip though so you may want to up your budget a bit and go for a decent quadcore like a Q8400($160.)
As for video cards an HD4670 or 9600GT($50-80) would be good for that resolution. An HD4770 or GTS 250($110ish) would be great. In between those is the 9800GT or if you can find one the HD4830 at around $90.
From my limited GPU knowledge, this looks like a pretty good card (for its price) compared to the available HD4830/50 on Newegg. Should I wait for more HD48x0s offers or is this deal really good and I should snatch it now? I would really like to get a good card that will last me for awhile. A card that will keep up with me when I upgrade my CPU and monitor down the road. I'm not in a tremendous hurry to have my desktop up and running at the moment (but sooner the better).
No, that's definitely not a good deal. There's a reason no one mentioned that card and that's because it's quite overpriced. For example the HD4830 that you think isn't a good enough deal is $5 cheaper and almost 40% more powerful.
Here, maybe this will help;