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January 18, 2010 5:05:46 AM

I currently have a NVIDIA GeForce 6800...and it seems the card has over heated and I need to replace it...what is a a card I can replace it with?
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a b Î Nvidia
January 18, 2010 5:31:28 AM

I would recommend an HD5670 for $99.
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January 18, 2010 5:51:44 AM

ok...looking into .just got 1 more noob question...it appears as though the standard connection, the one I use to plug my monitor in isn't the same...is there an adapter available so I can use the monitor I've already got?...and this card will fit into the slot I've got the old card in...???

again, thanks for your help...
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January 18, 2010 5:57:35 AM

Impossible to say with the details provided. Most of the 6600GTs were PCIe, while most of the 6800/GTs were AGP. Both cards were released in both forms however, so we would have no idea. What motherboard do you have? Try using CPUz to tell us.
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January 18, 2010 6:17:49 AM

ok...got it...

Dell Inc.
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...I hope that's the info you need...thanks once more for all your help, I truely do appreciate it...
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January 18, 2010 6:21:46 AM

I hope this isn't TMI...but here's more info...




CPU-Z TXT Report
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Binaries
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CPU-Z version 1.53.1

Processors
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Number of processors 1
Number of threads 1

APICs
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Processor 0
-- Core 0
-- Thread 0 0

Processors Information
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Processor 1 ID = 0
Number of cores 1 (max 1)
Number of threads 1 (max 2)
Name Intel Pentium 4 540
Codename Prescott
Specification Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 3.20GHz
Package (platform ID) Socket 775 LGA (0x4)
CPUID F.4.1
Extended CPUID F.4
Core Stepping E0
Technology 90 nm
Core Speed 3192.0 MHz
Multiplier x FSB 16.0 x 199.5 MHz
Rated Bus speed 798.0 MHz
Stock frequency 3200 MHz
Instructions sets MMX, SSE, SSE2, SSE3
L1 Data cache 16 KBytes, 8-way set associative, 64-byte line size
Trace cache 12 Kuops, 8-way set associative
L2 cache 1024 KBytes, 8-way set associative, 64-byte line size
FID/VID Control no



Thread dumps
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CPU Thread 0
APIC ID 0
Topology Processor ID 0, Core ID 0, Thread ID 0
Type 01001003h
Max CPUID level 00000003h
Max CPUID ext. level 80000008h
Cache descriptor Level 1, D, 16 KB, 2 thread(s)
Cache descriptor Level 2, U, 1 MB, 2 thread(s)
Cache descriptor Level 1, T, 12 KB, 2 thread(s)

CPUID
0x00000000 0x00000003 0x756E6547 0x6C65746E 0x49656E69
0x00000001 0x00000F41 0x00020800 0x0000441D 0xBFEBFBFF
0x00000002 0x605B5001 0x00000000 0x00000000 0x007C7040
0x00000003 0x00000000 0x00000000 0x00000000 0x00000000
0x80000000 0x80000008 0x00000000 0x00000000 0x00000000
0x80000001 0x00000000 0x00000000 0x00000000 0x00100000
0x80000002 0x20202020 0x20202020 0x20202020 0x6E492020
0x80000003 0x286C6574 0x50202952 0x69746E65 0x52286D75
0x80000004 0x20342029 0x20555043 0x30322E33 0x007A4847
0x80000005 0x00000000 0x00000000 0x00000000 0x00000000
0x80000006 0x00000000 0x00000000 0x04006040 0x00000000
0x80000007 0x00000000 0x00000000 0x00000000 0x00000000
0x80000008 0x00002024 0x00000000 0x00000000 0x00000000

MSR 0x0000001B 0x00000000 0xFEE00900
MSR 0x000001A0 0x00000000 0x20C40089
MSR 0x00000017 0x00120000 0x00000000
MSR 0x0000002C 0x00000000 0x10120210



Chipset
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Northbridge Intel i925X rev. B1
Southbridge Intel 82801FB (ICH6) rev. 03
Graphic Interface PCI-Express
PCI-E Link Width x16
PCI-E Max Link Width x16
Memory Type DDR2
Memory Size 1024 MBytes
Channels Dual
Memory Frequency 199.5 MHz (1:1)
CAS# latency (CL) 3.0
RAS# to CAS# delay (tRCD) 3
RAS# Precharge (tRP) 3
Cycle Time (tRAS) 8
MCHBAR I/O Base address 0x0FEDA0000
MCHBAR I/O Size 4096
MCHBAR registers
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January 18, 2010 6:26:23 AM

That processor maybe a bit of a bottleneck for the newer generations cards. What PSU do you have and also what's the total budget you have??
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January 18, 2010 6:30:05 AM

not sure what PSU is...??? my budget...I like the $100 price tag that shadow spoke of...back to the PSU...what is it...and how do I get that info...???
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January 18, 2010 6:36:24 AM

PSU is also known as SMPS. You open your cabinet's side panels, you would see a box on the top which is the PSU. It may have a sticker on it saying its rating. That very important. But If you are going for HD5670, you would do just fine.
HD5670 is somewhere around the 9600GT is performance. But for $100 you can HD4850 which is a far better performance than the HD5670. Only thing is that no DX11.
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January 18, 2010 6:55:02 AM

lol, that was an interesting waltz through my computer...PSU is 350 DB A...not sure what it means...but that's what it says...
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January 18, 2010 7:36:05 AM

Just get an HD4670. There's no point in a more expensive/powerful card with that CPU. It's several times better than your 6800 and pretty cheap. Should be ok on that PSU;
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Another gig of ram(or two) would be a very good idea in general and especially for gaming.
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January 18, 2010 7:38:22 AM

Start saving and get upgrade. PIV is like the Jurassic age of PC's now!
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January 18, 2010 7:38:45 AM

ty, I truely do appreciate all your help...
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a c 176 U Graphics card
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January 19, 2010 12:12:40 AM

You have a 925 chipset, so you have a PCIe slot. The 4670, 4770, 5670, 9800GT, etc should all work fine. Seeing as you most likely have a junk 350W, I'm not sure I'd go for anything more then what I listed. As a matter of fact, I'm not sure I'd risk any card with a PCIe plug on that. Unless you upgrade the PSU (Power Supply Unit) as well.
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