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Upgrading Nvidia GEForce 9800 GT - advice much appreciated

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January 31, 2012 10:43:42 AM

Hello everyone,

I am looking to upgrade my Graphics card after suffering Win7 crashes which look distinctly graphics based (machine freezes and randomness is puked in different colours all over the monitors) - these crashes are happening specifically when I am doing development work in the Hero Engine blade (3d games environment).

I would appreciate your idea of a 'dream' setup based on the machine I have below - I am also going to upgrade the RAM to 8GB... unless you all say 'throw it away and buy a new machine'.

Much thanks in advance for your ideas, and, as requested in the 'read first' guide:


APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Now BUDGET RANGE: GBP up to £750 (maybe higher if everyone says 'spend the extra tenner and get xyz' Before VAT

USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Heavy graphics usage - 3d games development, graphics packages 3ds Max, Photoshop, illustrator etc

CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: Nvidia GeForce 9800 GT (1 of) Corsair TX750

OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: XFX nForce 780i 3-Way SLI 1, Intel Core 2 Quad 2.4 64Kprimary Cache, 4096 k secondary, 4GB RAM, twin Monitors (Samsung SyncMasters 205 and 2243 ), Windows 7 Ultimate N 64 bit

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Powerc and any others recommended COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: unimportant

PARTS PREFERENCES: don't mind

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: please recommend

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: minimum requirements: Shader Model 2 or later graphics card, with 512 MB RAM


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January 31, 2012 1:02:05 PM

First of all , for your type of work you need 16GB RAM , i7 2600k and an Nvidia video card.
Here a PC with the next specs i7 2600k , 16GB ram , 560Ti , 64GB SSD for OS and other aplications what you use frequently. I didn't put in this build the PSU and the OS because you already have.
MOBO : Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD4-B3 Socket 1155
http://www.ebuyer.com/267128-gigabyte-ga-z68x-ud4-b3-so...
CPU : I7 2600K
http://www.ebuyer.com/252535-intel-core-i7-2600k-3-4ghz...
RAM : Corsair 16GB (4x4GB) DDR3 1600Mhz Vengeance "low Profile" Memory Kit CL9 1.5V
http://www.ebuyer.com/274037-corsair-16gb-4x4gb-ddr3-16...
GPU : Gigabyte GTX 560Ti OC 1GB GDDR5 Dual DVI Mini HDMI
http://www.ebuyer.com/253958-gigabyte-gtx-560ti-oc-1gb-...
HDD : Seagate 500GB 3.5" SATA-III 6Gb/s Barracuda Hard Drive 7200RPM 16MB Cache
http://www.ebuyer.com/272944-seagate-500gb-3-5-sata-iii...
SSD : Crucial 64GB M4 SSD - 2.5" SATA-III -
http://www.ebuyer.com/264770-crucial-64gb-m4-ssd-ct064m...
DVD-RW : Samsung SH-222AB 22x DVD±RW DL & RAM SATA
http://www.ebuyer.com/268621-samsung-sh-222ab-22x-dvd-r...
CASE : Coolermaster Elite 430 All Black
http://www.ebuyer.com/233740-coolermaster-elite-430-all...
TOTAL : £817.78
You can go cheaper if you can reuse your old HDD.
In graphic the best monitors are with IPS pannel. Something like this http://www.ebuyer.com/284104-lg-ips225v-lcd-led-21-5-hd... but if you don't have the budget a normal full-hd monitor its good to.
January 31, 2012 1:09:47 PM

Excellent - much thanks :) 
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January 31, 2012 2:07:42 PM

Hi Sosofm,

Not sure about the LG monitor, I have always liked the Samsung screens such as this one?
http://www.ebuyer.com/260586-samsung-syncmaster-s22a350...

also I would want to use my existing HDD's - I have extra hard drives here anyway which will do the job as pure data drives - the SSD is useful though.

Would it be worthwhile/possible to double up on the Graphics card in a SLI configuration?

Also I would prefer to buy a PC built or at least the motherboard bundle pre-assembled as I don't like mucking around with thermal pastes etc.

I have some very good pointers now though - thank you again.

Cas
January 31, 2012 2:07:43 PM

Hi Sosofm,

Not sure about the LG monitor, I have always liked the Samsung screens such as this one?
http://www.ebuyer.com/260586-samsung-syncmaster-s22a350...

also I would want to use my existing HDD's - I have extra hard drives here anyway which will do the job as pure data drives - the SSD is useful though.

Would it be worthwhile/possible to double up on the Graphics card in a SLI configuration?

Also I would prefer to buy a PC built or at least the motherboard bundle pre-assembled as I don't like mucking around with thermal pastes etc.

I have some very good pointers now though - thank you again.

Cas
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