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Which graphics card should I get and should I replace my PSU?

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March 28, 2012 2:39:12 AM

Hey, I'm on a budget of about $210. My GTX 280 just died on me the day I got Fall of the Samurai, and I suspect it could have been because either my fans were clogged with dust, or because my power supply was old and clogged with dust. I have a 3 year old Corsair 620 Watt, I'm also looking to replace it. So, right now, I have a i7 950 and 16 gb of ram. Which power supply and graphics card should I buy to match the budget of $210? Do I even needto replace my PSU, or should I just clean my old one? I'm kinda interested in a 460 or 560 GTX.

As for the heat problem inside my case, would it be okay if I get an outside normal little fan and just point it into my case? Or vacuum the front of my case to get the dust off? Thanks!
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March 28, 2012 2:59:23 AM

The GTX 560 Ti factory OC'd to 900Mhz is running $200 - $220 right now. The Asus CUII TOP, Gigabyte and MSI Hawk / Lightning (Twin Frozr only has 6) all have over size coolers AND beefed up PCB's with 7 + phase VRM's for extreme overclocking.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.pureoverclock.com/review.php?id=1201&page=17

If ya MoBo can handle SLI, I would get a 850 watter to handle CPU + GPU OC's .... if ya don't OC, a 750 watter will do. If ya have compatible Antec case, the CP-850 cant be beat .... an electrical equivalent would be HX850 .... next up the TX850 or XFX Core Edition
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March 28, 2012 3:06:07 AM

JackNaylorPE said:
The GTX 560 Ti factory OC'd to 900Mhz is running $200 - $220 right now. The Asus CUII TOP, Gigabyte and MSI Hawk / Lightning (Twin Frozr only has 6) all have over size coolers AND beefed up PCB's with 7 + phase VRM's for extreme overclocking.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.pureoverclock.com/review.php?id=1201&page=17


Absolutely love my 560Ti Hawk. Runs games extremely well since I probably get a good 10-20 FPS over a regular 560Ti.
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March 28, 2012 3:07:39 AM

I agree -- just clean off the PSU very well. The 560 is the best value right at $200.

If you want to consider AMD -- the 6870 is a good value at $170, or you can still get a slightly more powerful 6950 for around $230, and the new 7850 has just appeared at $260.
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March 28, 2012 3:22:20 AM

mortonww said:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MSI GTX 560 Ti Twin Frozr II for $190 after rebate.

To determine if it's your PSU that's dead: what exactly happened when your pc shut down?


Well, I'm only speculating my power supply had a hand in this. The main problem was my graphics card just died out of nowhere. But died, I mean "Display drivers have stopped working", blue lines on start up, words in BIOS and start up mispelled (qeriperals apparently meant peripherals), and the display going black once it passes the Windows start up screen. I think it had more to do with the huge amount of dust gathered up in my Antec 900.
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March 28, 2012 3:41:13 AM

Doesn't sound too much like a power issue - a power supply will just die on you, not blue screen and all that.

You should keep your case clean though. Dust can sometimes short circuits, and as you can probably gather they're quite sensitive.
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March 28, 2012 3:59:12 AM

shuknight said:
Well, I'm only speculating my power supply had a hand in this. The main problem was my graphics card just died out of nowhere. But died, I mean "Display drivers have stopped working", blue lines on start up, words in BIOS and start up mispelled (qeriperals apparently meant peripherals), and the display going black once it passes the Windows start up screen. I think it had more to do with the huge amount of dust gathered up in my Antec 900.


My 9800GTX did that exact same thing. Only difference, the dust buildup was negligible. I managed to fix it by baking the board in the oven. Sadly that only temporarily fixes it (I have baked mine 4 times now, once every couple months). But just in case you want to try it so you can use your card until the new one comes.

1. Pre-heat the oven to 385 degrees F.

2. Take the card all the way apart so it is just the board connectors out the back.

3. Clean the thermal paste off.

4. find a way to raise the board from a cookie sheet. (I used little balls of tin foil placed on screw holes on the 4 corners of the card).

5. Place in preheated oven for about 9 minutes.

6. Let cool for 30 or so minutes.

7. Reassemble with new thermal paste!

For me this worked every single time, your mileage may vary or it may not work at all. But only for a while. If it does, you can use the card until your new card comes, and after that it can be a backup card just in case.

I agree with the other posters on both the power supply, and new card recommendations. This is definitely not a power supply issue, however, get some compressed air and clean it out! Also, don't use a vacuum as they have a nasty habit of creating static charges which can easily kill electronic things in close range like that.

On a side note, Toms! When you ask someone to log in when submitting. SAVE WHAT THEY PAINSTAKINGLY WROTE!!!
/rant
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