My Nvidia 9800gt has died, which GPU should I buy?

My 9800GT has died, which GPU should I buy to make the following system run at optimum level?

MoBo - Gigabyte GA-EP43-DS3L
CPU - intel core 2 duo E8400 @ 3.00GHZ
Case - Novatech Achilles with 500W PSU
RAM - GEIL PC2-6400 4GB (2x2GB)
HDD - Western Digital 500GB 16MB 7200 SATA2
Optical drive - LG GGC-H20L DVDRW & BR/HDDVD R
OS - Win 7 32-bit

I don't have any fancy cooling systems, just a couple of fans, so i don't want anything that will run too hot.

Any advice would be gratefully received. Andy
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  1. Whats your budget?
  2. What is your budget and what is the main use of the computer.
  3. I only want to spend about £100 - £120 as I'm not sure how much longer the rest of my components will last - I've had my machine for almost 3 years now. I play a few games (total war series, portal, arkham asylum) but I don't mind the settings being on medium, I'm not a graphics junkie!!

    Thanks for the quick reply. A.
  4. mrapnash said:
    I only want to spend about £100 - £120 as I'm not sure how much longer the rest of my components will last - I've had my machine for almost 3 years now. I play a few games (total war series, portal, arkham asylum) but I don't mind the settings being on medium, I'm not a graphics junkie!!

    Thanks for the quick reply. A.


    You can get a 6870 for £126 from Ebuyer
  5. http://www.ebuyer.com/248746-powercolor-hd-6850-1gb-gddr5-dual-dvi-hdmi-dp-out-pci-e-graphics-ax6850-1gbd5-dh $114.99 and free shipping.

    This card will fit into your system and give you good performance and it is within your budget. The good thing is that when you eventually do your computer over you could get another and do crossfire.
  6. Depending on the mfg, your card may still be under warrenty.
    My XFX 9800gt died last year and they gave me a 5770 as it had a lifetime warrenty. It was a lifetime limited warrenty that was upgraded to full lifetime with registration on their site. Check it they may replace it or give you a credit.
  7. mw14220 said:
    Depending on the mfg, your card may still be under warrenty.
    My XFX 9800gt died last year and they gave me a 5770 as it had a lifetime warrenty. It was a lifetime limited warrenty that was upgraded to full lifetime with registration on their site. Check it they may replace it or give you a credit.



    Unfortunately it is not under warranty, but thanks for the advice, always worth a look before forking out for a new card.
  8. I think the 6850 will be the best option, I don't want to spend any more than necessary really. Looking at my system, which component(s) would be the bottleneck with the 6850? If the 6850 is not being run to its maximum potential in my machine is there a cheaper card that I could buy to do the same job?
  9. 6850 £100 limited time http://www.aria.co.uk/SuperSpecials/Other+products/XFX+ATI+Radeon+HD+6850+1024MB+GDDR5+PCI-Express+Graphics+Card+?productId=47513
    6770 £60 http://www.aria.co.uk/SuperSpecials/Other+products/XFX+ATI+Radeon+HD+6770+1024MB+GDDR5+PCI-Express+Graphics+Card+?productId=47512
    It depends on what resolution and what games but generally your CPU will hold back the 6850 in alot of games but not all while the 6770 is more balanced with the CPU. If you play above 1920 x 1080 though the 6850 will give much better performance.
  10. Thanks everyone for your help, I've ordered the 6850 from Aria, £111 including delivery. :wahoo: :wahoo:
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