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Replacing 8800GTS - Suggestions?

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January 29, 2010 12:55:33 AM


Hello all,

Recently I fired up my computer to find a number of blue vertical lines across the screen. After some testing it seems they're related to the video card.

I have an nVidia 8800 GTS that has served me well for the last 3 or 4 years and I'm looking to replace it because of this problem.

I'd like to be able to play some relatively new games such as Modern Warfare 2, Crysis etc. But I wouldn't call myself a hardcore gamer. Usually I play SC or World of Warcraft (yes, lame but a great way to chill after work and school).

I was considering a GeForce 250 because it's low price and still offers better performance than the 8800 GTS. Would you guys consider this a good choice or is there something better?

I should mention that I will likely be building a second system within 6 months so this card doesn't have to be the be-all and end-all; I'll save that for the new box.

Since I'm admittedly a noob, I was also wondering if I could get your input on manufacturers. I notice that there are 4+ companies making the same cards (i.e. BFG, Asus, Sparkle, Gigabyte, etc.) and I've no idea how much of a difference this makes. I'd appreciate any insight into this as I'm completely clueless here.

Thanks in advance, any info is appreciated!

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January 29, 2010 2:08:13 AM

Hey Izanami,

The GTS 250 would be an upgrade from the 8800GTS but not a massive one.

Do you need to keep the card in the old system-- or do you want to get a new card that you transfer over?

If you want to transfer the card I would suggest you kick it up to a 5770 at around $160ish. Its a good value and has DX 11 so it will be useful for a long time.

If this is a temporary card, or one that will stay with the old build, I would get one of the $99 4850s available on newegg. (as powerful as the GTS 250--just cheaper)

Edit: brand shouldnt matter too much. Im inclined not to trust a brand called "sparkle" but thats just me. BFG, ASUS, EVGA, XFX, Sapphire, Gigabye etc are all good brands.

Edit 2.0 what kind of PSU you got?
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January 29, 2010 2:27:23 AM


Hey,

Thanks for the reply. The power supply I have at the moment is an Antec 650.

The card I get now would probably stay in the current (old) system and my girlfriend can use it. I'd likely buy a new card for the new system I'll be making within 6 months.

As it turns out, one of my 3 drives is no longer showing up in the "My Computer" browser or the Device Manager... so this problem may be more than just a faulty video card.

Now I get to investigate ways to find potentially lost data. Awesome.

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a b U Graphics card
January 29, 2010 2:40:39 AM

Even if the drive starts working again get the stuff off it-- sometimes they come back for a couple days before failing completely.

If its just staying in the old computer I think the $99 4850 would be a good value unless you want to spend less.

Good luck
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January 29, 2010 2:49:15 AM


Thanks for the advice. I'll go check that one out tomorrow.

:) 

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a b U Graphics card
January 29, 2010 3:12:37 AM

If it is the 128 Core 8800GTS 512MB then there would be a 5% increase average, the GTS 250 is the 9800GTX+ which is a die shrink of the 9800GTX which is an overclocked version of the 8800GTS 512MB 128core.
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a b U Graphics card
January 29, 2010 1:26:16 PM

sabot is right, what was the memory size of the 8800 GTS? was it 640/320 or was it 512?
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January 31, 2010 12:37:08 AM


Heya,

The old 8800 GTS was a 512 MB card.

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a b U Graphics card
February 1, 2010 2:48:52 AM

you will not get much benefit from a GTS 250 over an 8800 GTS 512. maybe 5%, it's basically the same thing, my picture followed by my quote will explain it best.
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a b U Graphics card
February 1, 2010 2:51:04 AM

Well there was a 112 SP version & a 128 SP version, just like the GTX 260 & GTX 260 Core 216.
The 640/320 MB versions were ALL 112 SP, some of the 512 MB were 112 SP & some were 128 SP.
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February 1, 2010 2:56:40 AM

get a 5770+, dont settle for anything less or else you wont really notice the upgrade in performance.
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a b U Graphics card
February 1, 2010 3:43:36 AM

Resolution is a missing piece of the answer, if 1680x1050 or lower I would suggestion the 5750, if 1920x1080 or higher, 5770. Any choice for 2/3s the cost will not carry the same potential or features. If there is a hard price ceiling, then the $99 4850 would indeed be a solid price performer.
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February 1, 2010 7:10:20 PM

The problem is that a 4850 isnt much of an upgrade compared to a 8800gts 512....
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a b U Graphics card
February 1, 2010 7:15:35 PM

Thus, why I mentioned the proviso "If there is a hard price ceiling...". If one only has 99 to spend, hard to spend that 99 dollars better than a 4850.
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February 1, 2010 7:55:05 PM

June 2007 not as old as my 2006 640mb G80 i picked up on december of 2006 one but old imo none the less. it's 2010 already! granted only febuary

4850/GTS250 would both be upgrades i'd just go with what ever one you can find cheapest they aren't much of upgrades though but you shouldn't lose performance.
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a c 272 U Graphics card
February 1, 2010 8:05:36 PM

IzzyCraft said:
June 2007 not as old as my 2006 640mb G80 i picked up on december of 2006 one but old imo none the less. it's 2010 already! granted only febuary

4850/GTS250 would both be upgrades i'd just go with what ever one you can find cheapest they aren't much of upgrades though but you shouldn't lose performance.

That was just the first article I found showing the pre 512mb 8800GTS's, the good old G80's.
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February 1, 2010 8:14:43 PM

Buy yourself an ATI Radeon HD 5850 and be happy !!!
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