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8800gt vs gt240 or other near $100 recommendations

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August 13, 2010 3:13:01 AM

I am having some issues with my current build and am going to upgrade my MB. I don't think the problem is with my video card which is an 8800gt but if it is I would like a fairly cheap card around $100. I was looking at the gt240 and was wondering if that would be a reasonable comperable replacement to my 8800gt. I really don't game that often but when I do it's Crysis, World in Conflict or Flight Sim.
a c 271 U Graphics card
August 13, 2010 6:32:56 AM

A GT240 is comparable to a 9600GT, a downgrade in your case.
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a c 169 U Graphics card
August 13, 2010 7:04:34 AM

Right^
In that price range,a HD 4850 is faster than your current card,but not significantly
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a c 376 U Graphics card
August 13, 2010 8:47:49 AM

Best card for $100 is the HD4850 that Maziar mentioned and it would be a slight upgrade. It only makes sense if your current card is not functioning properly.
Don't consider the GTX 260 linked above even if you can afford it. An HD5770 would be both better and much cheaper;
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
It is the minimum worthwhile upgrade on your current card if you would like something better. It's about 50% faster than the 8800GT while using less power and would give you DX11 compatibility.
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a b U Graphics card
August 13, 2010 10:11:44 AM

^^Are you expressing your views here or helping out the OP?
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a b U Graphics card
August 13, 2010 10:15:46 AM

Quote:
I'm starting to get sick of Nvidia and Ati Debates!!


this isn't even relevant to the thread, as there is no debate on the subject. in fact, i have found toms to be the least fanboy infested forum around here...

to OP, if you can afford it i would really recommend getting a 5770. its performance is admirable (i put one in my HTPC, which is fast replacing my main rig since it can handle all the same games as its big brother), and it will be cooler and quieter than your current card.

if you dont want to spend more than 100 though, you can get a 5750 here for 100 AR : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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a b U Graphics card
August 13, 2010 1:34:47 PM

did i, did i, sta sta stutter ? LOL
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August 13, 2010 7:11:43 PM

I would like to stay with my current card but I'm not sure if that's the problem with my system. What's happening is that the system boots up and everything is running but there is no video out put from the card even though the fan on the GPU is spinning. When ever I plug into the MB video it works but gets horrible resolution and the system pauses and has completly crashed once. When I look at my drivers it says there is no video driver, I tried reinstalling the Invidia drivers but it did not see the GPU. This started about a week and a half ago. It did boot up one time since then and everything was fine but. I'm thinking it's a Windows problem or something with my MB so I'm going ahead with uprading those.
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a b U Graphics card
August 13, 2010 7:47:25 PM

disable the onboard video from the bios
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August 14, 2010 2:15:37 AM

wiinippongamer said:
disable the onboard video from the bios


No luck, now how can I reset my bios as now I have no video period?
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a b U Graphics card
August 14, 2010 2:19:33 AM

Clear CMOS.

remove the battery from the motherboard, wait 5 minutes, re-insert and reboot.
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a c 376 U Graphics card
August 14, 2010 2:30:44 AM

If you look in your motherboards manual there is usually a jumper you can take off to clear the BIOS settings rather than actually removing the battery.
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August 14, 2010 2:30:45 AM

Does this sound like a GPU issue or something else possibly. Heat is not an issue I have a Raidmax Smilodon with 5 fans including an intake over the GPU and I'm only running a duel core 2.6 GHz AMD not overclocked. The case also sits next to an AC outlet blowing cool air.
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a b U Graphics card
August 14, 2010 2:32:26 AM

Not likely to be heat. otherwise you'd be getting crashes or artifacts. not just a lack of display.
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a c 376 U Graphics card
August 14, 2010 2:33:38 AM

If even while running the onboard video you are having problems it likely isn't the card. It could be the motherboard like you suspect or perhaps your power supply is dieing.
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August 14, 2010 11:05:37 PM

Well I just replaced the motherboard with an Asus M4A77D and I get power up but again no video. Also the reset button dosen't work and holding down the power button only powers down for a second then it kicks back on. This morning I reset the bios on the old motherboard and everything came up and the GPU was working just fine.
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August 16, 2010 1:18:45 AM

Ok tested the PSU no problems so I'm going to see about sending in my card to XFX have them check it out.
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a c 376 U Graphics card
August 16, 2010 1:35:23 AM

How did you test the PSU exactly?
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August 16, 2010 1:39:53 AM

Underload with a paperclip and a fan.
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a c 376 U Graphics card
August 16, 2010 1:41:55 AM

What?
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a c 376 U Graphics card
August 16, 2010 1:59:20 AM

That test only shows basic functionality. It tells you nothing you didn't know and applies in no way to your problems.
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August 16, 2010 2:04:59 AM

Do you have any ideas of what else I can look into? I'm at a complete loss of what to do at this point.
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a c 376 U Graphics card
August 16, 2010 2:40:54 AM

Could you try the card in a different system?
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August 16, 2010 2:45:10 AM

Unfortunately I do not have access to another desktop. Though I am trying it on a new motherboard because I was getting no video on the old board.
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