Upgrading Nvidia GEForce 9800 GT - advice much appreciated

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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  1. 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-socket-1155-onboard-7-1-channel-audio-atx-motherboard-ga-z68x-ud4-b3
    CPU : I7 2600K
    http://www.ebuyer.com/252535-intel-core-i7-2600k-3-4ghz-socket-1155-8mb-cache-retail-boxed-processor-bx80623i72600k
    RAM : Corsair 16GB (4x4GB) DDR3 1600Mhz Vengeance "low Profile" Memory Kit CL9 1.5V
    http://www.ebuyer.com/274037-corsair-16gb-4x4gb-ddr3-1600mhz-vengeance-low-profile-memory-kit-cl9-1-5v-cml16gx3m4a1600c9
    GPU : Gigabyte GTX 560Ti OC 1GB GDDR5 Dual DVI Mini HDMI
    http://www.ebuyer.com/253958-gigabyte-gtx-560ti-oc-1gb-gddr5-dual-dvi-mini-hdmi-out-pci-e-gv-n560oc-1gi
    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-6gb-s-barracuda-hard-drive-7200rpm-16mb-cache-st500dm002
    SSD : Crucial 64GB M4 SSD - 2.5" SATA-III -
    http://www.ebuyer.com/264770-crucial-64gb-m4-ssd-ct064m4ssd2
    DVD-RW : Samsung SH-222AB 22x DVD±RW DL & RAM SATA
    http://www.ebuyer.com/268621-samsung-sh-222ab-22x-dvd-rw-dl-ram-sata-optical-drive-oem-sh-222ab-bebe
    CASE : Coolermaster Elite 430 All Black
    http://www.ebuyer.com/233740-coolermaster-elite-430-all-black-interior-mid-tower-case-with-side-window-rc-430-kwn1
    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-hdmi-monitor-ips225v-bn but if you don't have the budget a normal full-hd monitor its good to.
  2. Excellent - much thanks :)
  3. 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-s22a350h-lcd-led-21-5-hdmi-monitor-ls22a350hs-en

    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
  4. 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-s22a350h-lcd-led-21-5-hdmi-monitor-ls22a350hs-en

    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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