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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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.
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.