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Help! My 8800GT exploded and I need an upgrade!

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January 30, 2010 1:02:36 AM

Hey guys,

Was trying to think of a catchy subject haha. Long story short, my 8800GT graphics card which has served me well has exploded (i think it was the stock 500W PSU that came with my SMILODON tower.) Anyways, I have since replaced the PSU with an ANTEC 650W which seems to be a great improvement.

Question is, what should I replace my gpu with? Short summary of current specs are as follows:

*E6750 @ 2.66GHZ,
*Memory: A-Data 4GB (4x1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM,
*Vista 32, WD320GB HD, *
Replacement* GPU: SAPPHIRE 100196L Radeon X1950 PRO 512 MB, 256-bit, GDDR3, *
*MOBO: Gigabyte GA P-35DS3L LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX; *
*Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W

I don't feel that i need the top end graphics card as the only games I play much of these days are WoW and Crysis here and there. With that being said, I would like to get a marked improvement of my former 8800GT without spending much more than $200.

What do you guys think?

Thanks in advance!!

a b U Graphics card
January 30, 2010 1:09:27 AM

1. Overclock your CPU to 3.0GHz if on stock cooling, and 3.6-3.8GHz+ if on good aftermarket cooling.

2. $200: 4890 or GTX275
$150: 4870 1GB or 5770
$125: 4870 512mb
$100: 4850, 4770, or GTS250/9800GTX+

ATI cards are the better option currently since they perform equal to or better than their Nvidia counterparts while being either at the same price range or being cheaper.
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a c 106 U Graphics card
January 30, 2010 1:30:41 AM

I say go for the Radeon 5770. It's a DX11 card, well within your budget, and should serve you well.
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January 30, 2010 4:37:22 AM

So whats the difference between the 5770 and the 4 series? Is it just the pro DX11 on the 5 series?
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a b U Graphics card
January 30, 2010 4:40:46 AM

The difference is all the 5x00 are 40nm so they use less power/runs cooler, and they support dx11 and eyefinity.

The 4x00 are cheaper.
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a c 376 U Graphics card
January 30, 2010 4:47:02 AM

The HD5000 series cards are DX11, can support 3 monitors and are 40nm which makes them much more power efficient/cool. This;
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
is a great deal and very nice upgrade over your 8800GT.
If your resolution is under 1920x1080 it's mostly pointless to consider anything more powerful.
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a b U Graphics card
January 30, 2010 3:55:35 PM

+1 5770. Simply a nice card and great performance, options at the price.
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January 30, 2010 4:35:22 PM

wait a little while and go for the 5850its worth it
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a c 190 U Graphics card
January 30, 2010 5:18:25 PM

@ Terec: You missed the monitor resolution in your specs, you naughty boy ;) 
Have a look here:

http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/geforce-310-5970,review-3...

If you are going to stay with the games you mention then stick with Nvidia-Crysis is well known to prefer their hardware and any card that can run that game well will laugh at WoW. For those reasons I'd say the GTX260 fits your needs best of all.
The next best fit is the HD5770, not quite as fast as the GTX260 but it's a lot cooler and, if it's anything like mine, as quiet as a Church mouse.
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February 6, 2010 7:57:29 PM

Well thanks guys I did go with the 5770 and it has been pretty damn good with the exception of a wg game in WoW where I was lagging extremely bad. Hopefully that was just that one experience.

Thanks for the advice everyone!!
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February 6, 2010 8:13:13 PM

Go for a radeon hd 5770..
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