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July 31, 2011 11:29:47 AM

One of my video cards (Gigabyte HD4850 1GB) can no longer be found in device manager. This happened while the computer is on (the monitors went blank), and I unplugged and replugged it, and ensured it has power supply, but it appears dead.

My other card (HD4350) is fine.

My setup is Core i7 920 (2.67 Ghz, not overclocked) with 6 GB of RAM and a Asus P6T (Intel X58, S1366, PCI-E) MB. I need to run three monitors (2560x1600 + two of 1600x1200) for my work.

I game a little bit, mostly World of Tanks. The HD4850 1GB seemed fine for my needs, but I'd like to use this as an opportunity to upgrade to something better. On some games the fanless HD4850 would overheat a lot and crash.

My priorities are:
1. Low sound - fan-less is preferred
2. Low heat (had heating problems before)
3. Can run three monitors (one of them 2560x1600) - I'd like to just use one card going forward instead of two
4. Decent price-performance

a) How do I make sure the video card really is dead and it's not just "user error"?

b) What would be good cards for my needs?
July 31, 2011 11:42:37 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 2nd of August (ASAP)

BUDGET RANGE: Preferably up to 200 GBP, but looking for best price-performance; might prefer GBP 120-150 range

USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Productivity/office apps (2560x1600+2*1600x1200) + World of Tanks + misc other games (less important)

CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: HD4850 1GB (dead), HD4350 (would like to replace), PSU is Enermax MODU82+ EMD625AWT (625 Watt)

OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: Core i7 920, Asus P6T, two 120mm fans for the case

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Anything that froogle.co.uk says is reliable, Amazon/eBay is fine too

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: United Kingdom

PARTS PREFERENCES: None

OVERCLOCKING: Doubtful

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 2560x1600 + 1600x1200 + 1600x1200 (three monitor setup!)

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Low sound!!! I've had loud cards and it was terrible. Rest of my setup is very quiet. Low heat generation (last one had cooling issues).
July 31, 2011 11:46:44 AM

sapphire hd 5850 xtreme may just be the card you need
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July 31, 2011 12:07:44 PM

Yeah, but most places I checked don't have it in stock. It appears it has sold out. Any other ideas?
July 31, 2011 7:54:41 PM

Actually looking at PowerColor SCS3 HD6850 (fanless) or MSI Radeon HD 6870 Twin Frozr II (30 dB at load) for as a low noise solution.

What do you think?
July 31, 2011 10:28:46 PM

Sapphire HD 6850 1GB also seems a solid contender.
August 1, 2011 2:16:20 AM

I have to say, a Twin Frozr II 6850 Would be my choice, they really are great cards (Twin Frozrs). Personally, I love my MSI 6870 TF III HAWK, really quiet but surprisingly cool.
a b U Graphics card
August 1, 2011 2:53:46 AM

Just about any GTX 460 1GB will do nicely a decent upgrade
a b U Graphics card
August 1, 2011 8:14:11 AM

The PowerColor is too expensive IMO. A $50 premium just to go fanless is not worth it. Also, running a single card solution you will need to get AMD to run 3 monitors.

Take a look at the Gigabyte HD6770 fanless version as well. Costs about the same as other HD6770's and would be a decent upgrade from a HD4850.
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0055CR6NM?tag=banforbucga08-2...
a b U Graphics card
August 1, 2011 10:22:15 AM

^Agree with zero there. The Fanless Gigabyte HD 6770 meets all requirements of the OP:
1. Low sound - fan-less is preferred
2. Low heat (had heating problems before)
3. Can run three monitors (one of them 2560x1600) - I'd like to just use one card going forward instead of two
4. Decent price-performance

To OP: The fanless graphics cards is ideal for CASES with good airflow in the first place. If your case have a side fan that can blow cool air right to the video card then it will be really good.
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