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Dead 8800 gt 320MB need upgrade.

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April 1, 2011 10:52:09 PM

Hello, my 8800gts finally died on me and I'm looking for an upgrade around 100 bucks that will give me the same if not more performance. I'm tired of baking it to fix it, and I would like to wait until the end of the year to build a new pc. I was looking at PCI express cards 2.0 x16 and am unsure of whether or not my motherboard supports a 2.0 x16 card or not.

My system specs are as follows:

Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 Conroe 2.4GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor BX80557E6600

G.SKILL 4GB (4 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL5D-2GBNQ

Rosewill RP550V2-D-SL 550W ATX12V v2.01 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Power Supply

GIGABYTE GA-965P-DS3 (rev. 1.3) LGA 775 Intel P965 Express ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 320-P2-N811-AR GeForce 8800 GTS 320MB 320-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card


All help is much appreciated, I only want this graphic card to get me through the year before I do upgrade, nothing special just at least equal to the performance of my old 8800
April 1, 2011 11:53:21 PM

What screen resolution do you play at? If all you need is something to get you by until a full build, I've always recommended the AMD HD5670. You can find the 1GB cards for $75 and they definitely outperform MY 8800GTS 512, which of course puts it well over your 320mb.

After rebate $65 including shipping:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I'm not sure if there is a better option regarding FPS/$ or not, (as this one is certainly cheap), but IMO that will certainly get you by for another year or so with minimal investment!
April 1, 2011 11:59:35 PM

Your next option going forward would probably be the GTS 450 or the HD5750, but after shipping they can put you over $110 in a real hurry.
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April 2, 2011 5:45:47 AM

NapoleonDK said:
What screen resolution do you play at? If all you need is something to get you by until a full build, I've always recommended the AMD HD5670. You can find the 1GB cards for $75 and they definitely outperform MY 8800GTS 512, which of course puts it well over your 320mb.

After rebate $65 including shipping:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I'm not sure if there is a better option regarding FPS/$ or not, (as this one is certainly cheap), but IMO that will certainly get you by for another year or so with minimal investment!

Thank you, is this card compatible with my motherboard though?
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April 2, 2011 5:52:01 AM

Yes it should be compatible with any board that has a PCI-e slot, i would also agree that an HD 5670 or 5770 would be a good upgrade.
a b B Homebuilt system
April 2, 2011 6:29:22 AM

Get a 5770, game, be happy. It should work just fine in your board and if you're PSU could handle an 8800GTS 320 it should be just fine with a 5770. True a 5670 would be an upgrade, but a 5770 would be a bigger upgrade an is kind of the minimum for gaming at medium settings now adays. You may also want to consider overclocking your CPU as it would generally hold back a 5770 at stock clocks.
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