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What GPU to buy to replace my HD4890

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March 22, 2012 8:03:56 AM

Hi all,'

This is my current rig:

Intel Core i5-750 2.66GHz LGA 1156
ASUS P7P55D motherboard
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
Sapphire HD4890 Vapor X 1GB
Samsung 1TB Spinpoint F1, 3.5", SATAII/300, 32MB, 7200RPM
Corsair 550W psu
Monitor: I think its a Samsung Syncmaster Txxxx (1900 x 1200)

For over half a year, Ive had white dots/lines appear randomly in my screen, followed by the "Display driver stopped working and recovered" error message. I tried all troubleshooting I could find, to no avail. Recently the problem got so bad to the point I could not use the PC at all.

I borrowed a GPU from work, and voila the problem was gone. So it is clear the HD4890 needs replacing.

Considering any possible bottlenecks in my rig, what do you recommend for a reasonable price and reasonable future proof? I am not looking to replace any other components just yet, unless they fail.

Thanks!

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a b U Graphics card
March 22, 2012 9:20:15 AM

What's your budget?
A GTX560Ti or a Radeon HD 6950 would be a good upgrade, and they wouldn't be a bottleneck.
The PSU should handle them too.
March 22, 2012 10:00:05 AM

I do not have a fixed budget. Whatever fit my requirements (psu coping and other specs bottlenecking the gpu), as long as it is good money value.

Thanks for the advice!
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March 22, 2012 10:05:11 AM

Actually, I just saw the price of your recommendations...(GTX560, HD6950)....and I wouldnt mind something a bit cheaper....:) 

What would be the next step down of goodness?
a b U Graphics card
March 22, 2012 10:06:02 AM

A GTX560Ti is definitely value for money.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You can go for a 6950 too.
Newegg doesn't seem to have any of them in stock.

They should be about 50% or more, faster than a 4890, plus you get DX11.
Your PSU can handle it, and the i5 750 shouldn't be a problem either.
a b U Graphics card
March 22, 2012 10:09:53 AM

muni50 said:
Actually, I just saw the price of your recommendations...(GTX560, HD6950)....and I wouldnt mind something a bit cheaper....:) 

What would be the next step down of goodness?

And hence I asked you for the budget. Or at least the total amount you're willing to spend.
Next step down?
The HD 6870 or a HD 6850 or a GTX460 at most.

6870>6850 or GTX460.
March 22, 2012 10:22:51 AM

i have the same cpu, asus m/b but i pushed it @3970 ghz with OCing, 8gb ram and a 5850 but with corsair750w psu. Basically we have almost the same pc and I was also thinking some time ago to get a new gpu.
I would get the 7950oc (3GB) or maybe 7870oc (2GB) if I wanted something better now, so I suggest it, and from what I see your psu can handle it also... i think if you push a little your very pushable cpu -as long as u dont use intel's stock cooler but aftermarket- you wont bottleneck or anything. A friend of mine got the simple 7950 for him, he had also i5-750@stock speed, and noticed huge fps increase in every game maxed, compared to his old (but not bad) 460. And if u really got a 1920x1200 monitor then I'm solid certain that u will reach its potential easily..
March 22, 2012 11:08:52 AM

sorry, i didn't see the last 2 posts. If u go amd I would not suggest the 6850. Nor the nvidia 460.. they 're old and u won't see a big difference..

+1 for the 6870
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