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Replacing dead 8800GTS suggestions

Hey all, looking for some video card replacement advice. I'm fairly confident that my MSI GeForce 8800GTS 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 has died and i'm looking for a replacement asap.

My primary usage is gaming - WOW, Civ V, D3 when it finally releases.

My motherboard is a GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS3L LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX and it has 1 PCI Express x16 slot and 3 x1 slots so that is my constraint.

CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: MSI GeForce 8800GTS 512MB and Corsair 520HX 520W PSU

OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: Windows Vista 64-bit, 4GB Kingston RAM, Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz 6MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: (e.g.:, -- to show us selection & pricing) COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: (e.g.: Grand Fenwick)

PARTS PREFERENCES: no preference


MONITOR RESOLUTION: was running at 1680x1050

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: This is primarily a gaming rig. I would like to stay below $250 if possible.

Thanks so much for your input and help.
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  1. At your resolution a GTX 460 or ATI 6850 would be appropriate as an upgrade. :) Anything more powerful would probably be wasted on your CPU and Resolution.

    MSI Hawk GTX 460 $179.99 - $20 MIR = $159.99 (Custom Cooler + OverClock)

    Sapphire ATI 6850 $184.99 - $15 Promo Code - $20 MIR = $155 (promo code HARDOCP1215A)
  2. ^^ Agreed-
  3. GTX 450 could be best for you. your CPU and mobo will be the bottle for a GTX 460.
  4. yanje03 said:
    GTX 450 could be best for you. your CPU and mobo will be the bottle for a GTX 460.

    You mean the GTS 450?
  5. Great! thank you so much for the advice. I was afraid that my mobo would be the main restriction factor (amazing how much tech changes in just a few years).
  6. For a slight upgrade over the dead 8800GTS, do you see any issues going with the GeForce GTX 460 ( ) ? From what I can see, it should work with my current set-up but wanted to double check.

  7. Best answer
    The GTX 460 would suit you perfectly well. You might also consider this GTX 460:

    Zotac GTX 460 1GB ($179 - $30 MIR = $149.99)

    For $10 more money, you'd get the 1GB version. This not only allows for more memory (good at higher resolutions or newer games with increasingly larger textures) but is also a faster card. The 1GB version of the GTX 460 actually has more processors in it than the 768MB versions do. :) And for $10 it's not a very expensive upgrade.

    Either way though, both cards should do fine for you. :)
  8. The GTS450 is a small upgrade, more of a replacement really.
    At 1680x1050 the GTX460 is n't going to be heavily restricted by the Wolfdale CPU,
    so I'd suggest spending the extra $10 and getting the faster 1Gb model and using its extra grunt to turn up the eye-candy.
    BTW the Duchy of Grand Fenwick is in Europe (where did you see those 'mouse' movies?) so Newegg is no good for prices etc ;)
  9. Missed the fact that the OP is in Grand Fenwick. They listed as a preferred site so I went with it. :(
  10. Hehe, guess i failed the "cut and paste" test for formatting my original question from the template. The country of origin is the less than exotic SW Missouri region.

    Thank you very much for your input on the card replacement/upgrade. I went ahead and pulled the trigger on the 1GB card and will hopefully be up and gaming again in a few days.

    Thanks all!
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