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A quiet upgrade from an 8800GT; $200 budget

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May 27, 2010 8:02:16 AM

Hi guys,

I bought a Sapphire 8800GT about 2 years ago and I'm considering an upgrade, partly because it's showing it's age and partly because it's pretty noisy. Any suggestions for an upgrade that is around $200, quiet, and if possible, power efficient?

Here are my specs:
Intel E8500 Core 2 Duo 3.0 GHz
600 W PSU with two 6-pin PCI connectors (but I'm willing to change this to suit the card's needs, exclusive of the budget)
Intel DG33FB motherboard
22" display running at 1680x1050
4GB DDR2 RAM

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a c 130 U Graphics card
May 27, 2010 8:14:33 AM
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Hi, Welcome to the forum.

Your post reminded me of this review http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/MSI/HD_5770_HAWK/
The card is very capable at your resolution for all but the most demanding games and even then if you dont mind turning the detail levels down a notch it should hold up fine.

I feel it pretty much ticks the box's you specified and is a good balance between quiet/efficient and capable.

Mactronix
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May 27, 2010 8:24:49 AM

Sapphire 8800 GT? It's probably a different company, lol.

It looks like your best bet is the HD 5770, or HD 5830 if you can still find one for around $220 dollars, with specials and what not. Your current 600W PSU would be fine for either the HD 5770 or HD 5830.
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May 27, 2010 8:31:33 AM

thanks for the suggestions, I'll check those out... :) 

and yeah, sorry, my bad, it turns out to be a Sparkle 8800 GT... got confused there... :na: 
May 27, 2010 9:37:47 AM

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