8800GTX finally died, what to do next?

As my heading suggests, my 8800GTX had bit the dust after 4 years of solid gaming. Now, I have been looking at several cards and have narrowed it down to GTX 560 and ATI 6950 (the flash enabled one). I think I need to upgrade my whole system, but a friend of mine said my current system would be fine to run with these cards. Here are my current system specs:

Core 2 Duo Conroe 2.66
Rosewill 550W P/S
Seagate 7200RPM 3.0GB/s 320GB Sata drive
4GB Gskill DDR2 800
XCLIO Windtunnel Full Tower

Suggestions? I am not replacing the case, by budget is about 1000 USD.
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  1. Hello rangerdanger138;

    Is that Rosewill 550W PSU also 4 years old? Is that what killed your 8800GTX?

    If the 8800GTX expired of old age you'd be OK adding a new card to take it's place while you think about a new build. But if the PSU 'helped it along some' you might not want to slip a new card into that system.

    Your budget is certainly large though to handle a tasty new build.
  2. If you'd like to see some suggestions on what your $1000 budget could get?

    Please fill out the form in*How To Ask For New Build Advice* you'll answer all the standard questions that help us get started.
  3. If you're certain your card is dead, have you tried baking it? I just baked an 8800GT back to life tonight actually. I've also resurrected my old GeForce 7950GT and my GeForce 6600GT. I could ruin your card, but that won't really hurt you.
  4. If you've been happy with the 8800GTX, the considerably stronger GTX460 may be all you need to spend on a GPU, but especially if it is four years old, you should replace your Rosewill PSU. The old ones weren't that great (although a few actually passed jonnyguru's testing), and yours may have helped your GPU to die.
    A quality modern PSU has full range active PFC (no little voltage switch) and at least 80+ certification. Something like a 550W Antec Truepower New would do well for you.
    If you decide to build an entirely new PC, please follw WR2's link and post your answers.
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