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Upgrade compatible 8800 gts

Purchase Date: As soon as possible

Budget: Somewhere between $150-$200 (The lower the better)

Usage: I am a part-time hardcore gamer (when I do it, I want to do it right :). I also use the desktop as a video editing platform.

Current GPU: EVGA GeForce 8800GTS 640 MB

Power Supply: BFG 650W

Other System Specs:
MOBO: EVGA nForce 680i SLI socket 775
CPU: Intel Core 2 Q6600 Quad Core LGA775 Kentsfield 2.4GHz 1066FSB 8MB
CASE: Coolermaster CAC-T05 ATX 5x5.25

Running Windows XP Sp3

Preferred Websites: NCIX, TigerDirect

Parts Preference: Since I've burned through 2 8800 GTSs, I'm not looking for an EVGA product.

Overclocking: Prefer not to. And I never bothered utilizing SLI, so that's not a factor

Monitor: 19" 2000:1 1440x900 2MS HDCP VGA DVI-D Samsung

Comments: No sympathy from EVGA with their 2nd dead vid card, so no EVGA products so long as compatibility is not an issue.

I am in crunch time so don't have a lot of research myself on what's new and what will work. Pointing me in the right direction would be a huge help.
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  1. lol - I'm looking for a new graphics card if that wasn't clear.
  2. You should check this article out if you haven't already.

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-460-radeon-hd-5570-gaming,2697.html

    I would make sure your system isn't running too hot. That can kill your video card.

    I like shopping at newegg.com myself.
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    If you are in the US I'd go to Newegg.com. They ususally have good pricing and post any mail in rebates. They are also amazing to work with if you have to return the product.

    At $200 I would recommend a GTX 460 768MB card. They are new, they are powerful, they are awesome.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125334

    On the lower side of your budget I would recommend a 5770 1GB card
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102898&cm_re=5770_1gb-_-14-102-898-_-Product

    I've listed the cards that I would personally recommend. There are other good models but the GTX460 Gigabyte has an upgraded cooler and a slight overclock. The 5770 Sapphire VaporX has an upgraded cooler and a nice MIR. The GTX460 definitly outperforms the 5770, but the 5770 is still a very capible card. Get what you can afford, but the 460 is deffinitly worth the 200 bones.

    Enjoy.
  4. Thanks for the feedback. Sorry - I didn't specify I'm in Canada.

    My first GTS lasted 3 years before it died. The 2nd one was DOA.

    For the Saphire card - is PCI Express 2.1 a compatibility issue with my mobo?
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