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November 19, 2010 1:40:53 PM

I am trying to replace my graphics card which got its capacitors blown up.

Below is my existing configuration:

Existing Graphics Card: XFX GeForce 8600GT 256MB DDR3
Mother Board: Abit IP35E
Processor: Intel E8400
Monitor: Samsung Syncmaster 932NW --> it has only RGB input. no DVI port!
PSU: cooler Master Extreme Power 600 Watts
UPS: APC UPS ( Back UPS ES 500)

1) Could you pls suggest a good graphics card suitable for my configuration, within a budget of Rs.5000 to Rs.6000
The card should be suitable for both gaming & wathcing HD movies.

2) Should I go for ATI or NVIDIA ?

3) Which brand should I chose for more reliability... I dont want to encounter a bad capacitor issue again :( 

4) After quite bit of searching in the forum I have ATI HD 5670 in my mind, is it good choice for my configuration above ?
But I also gathered that DX11 games wont be playable in this card.. though the card supports it..

5) What benefits would I get by chosing DX11 card instead of a faster 4XXX series card..

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a b U Graphics card
November 19, 2010 3:09:24 PM

The 5670 seems to be a good choice for that resolution.However if you increase your budget to around 7000-8000 rupees, you can get a HD 5750, which is capable of doing handling DX 11 games much better than the 5670.Regarding brands, I prefer XFX, Sapphire, Asus and Gigabyte.
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a b U Graphics card
November 19, 2010 4:01:24 PM

+1 Or if nvidia, check prices for gts 450
If you want even better performance over the 5670, the 5750 will do or 5770 even better.
It will help you for gaming-
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November 20, 2010 10:01:31 AM

Thx for the responses...

I have a doubt whether my PSU (Cooler Master Extreme Power 600W RP 600 PCAR) will be able to handle 5670, 5750 or 5770 suggested above ??

output specifications for my PSU:

DC output Max Power
+3.3V 25A
+5V 30A
+12V1 18A
+12V2 18A
-5V 0.8A
-12V 0.8A
-5Vsb 2.0A
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a b U Graphics card
November 20, 2010 10:36:17 AM

Your psu will handle any of these cards just fine, it will even support more powerful cards-
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November 20, 2010 11:42:29 AM

hey zerotwo,
I will recommend u GTS 450 or HD 5770.They also seem to be future proof.
Go for GTS 450 if u have budget.
Your power supply is able to run even more powerful cards.
Best of luck.
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a b U Graphics card
November 20, 2010 12:33:20 PM

HD 5770 if you can afford it, it will bridge the gap for high end games and give you a little more time. HD 5750 would be or GTS 450 otherwise. Your PSU is fine. Do you OC your cpu at all?
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a c 147 U Graphics card
November 20, 2010 12:50:29 PM

Does XFX not have a lifetime warranty on their cards? I would call them up and have it replaced. If they do not have a replacement they will replace it with a modern equivalent. I've seen people luck on on this several times. Lets say you return a 8600GT, they don't have any and may replace it with something like a gt 240. Just a thought. Even if you are looking for an upgrade you can get a free card out of the deal.
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November 20, 2010 3:35:43 PM

jay2tall said:
Does XFX not have a lifetime warranty on their cards? I would call them up and have it replaced. If they do not have a replacement they will replace it with a modern equivalent. I've seen people luck on on this several times. Lets say you return a 8600GT, they don't have any and may replace it with something like a gt 240. Just a thought. Even if you are looking for an upgrade you can get a free card out of the deal.


In India it is only 3 year warranty, I also read that it is really cumbersome to get a replacement.
Neverthless I will definitely try this..

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November 20, 2010 3:38:07 PM

KaKkaR0T said:
5670 would be your choice in the 5k-6k range, if you can get your budget a little higher, a 5750 or a 5770 would be very good.
And no matter what do not get a Biostar card, the beset brand would be XFX or Asus.

ASUS 5750 Formula - http://techshop.in/store/asus-radeon-hd5750-eah5750-for...

Sapphire 5770 - http://techshop.in/store/sapphire-radeon-hd5770-1116302...

Zotac GTS 450 - http://techshop.in/store/zotac-nvidia-geforce-zt4050110...



Thanks for the suggestion, but I am bit reluctant to go for XFX due to bad experience with my current card.
Would you still recommend XFX over Sapphire or Asus ?

And for 5770 would it be compatible with my PCIe 1.1 port in my motherboard ?
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November 21, 2010 2:30:10 AM

zerotwo said:
Thanks for the suggestion, but I am bit reluctant to go for XFX due to bad experience with my current card.
Would you still recommend XFX over Sapphire or Asus ?

And for 5770 would it be compatible with my PCIe 1.1 port in my motherboard ?



Yes, if you are in delhi, otherwise go for Asus.
In delhi the RMA service is handled by Rashi peripherals, which is very poor.
If you are outside delhi, then Go for Asus.


5770 should be compatible with your mobo, although there have been issues with 2.1 in a 1.0 mobo, but they are very rare, i myself am running a 5670 2.1 in 1.0 DG31PR.
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