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June 17, 2012 10:46:27 PM

Hey guys, I kinda need a fast advice, I cant really decide.
I have a friend who's PC is an old one, it almost got burned a few days ago but we saved it with only his VGA burning down :D 
So gotta buy an other vga card and here at the choices

1. A used 8800 GT (BFG OC), which would require this heating:
http://www.emag.ro/coolere_vga/cooler-vga-turbo-module-...
http://www.emag.ro/coolere_vga/cooler-vga-arctic-coolin...
I tried this GT and it runs on 105C in diablo 3 thats too much, it has stock cooler.

http://images.bit-tech.net/content_images/2007/11/bfgte... this is the card

2. A new http://www.emag.ro/placi_video/placa-video-msi-ati-rade...
I dont know this version, I used to have a sapphire toxic and that ran pretty hot, I have no idea how hot this runs.

3. http://www.emag.ro/placi_video/placa-video-msi-nvidia-g...
Tried to find some benchmark for this but I only found the Cyclone versions which has better cooling and it has higher mhz.

2 & 3 is new with warranty, the GT is used and I dont know how damaged is the card if it was running that hot all the time.

What would you guys choose if you have to stay at this price range ?

Thanks alot

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a c 87 U Graphics card
June 17, 2012 10:55:16 PM

I recommend getting a new, more recent card. If you don't mind buying AMD, then a new Radeon 7770 would be my recommendation to you. It's faster than those cards, but is very power efficient, yet still usually cheap nowadays.

If it's too far out of your budget, then maybe a 7750 would be a more affordable choice without going down to an older video card. The 7750 is still quite faster than the 4850 and 8800 GT.
June 17, 2012 10:58:19 PM

thats twice the price of any solutions i posted :D 
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June 17, 2012 11:00:41 PM

I would go with either of the two new ones with warranty, they both should be a tiny bit faster than the 8800GT at stock, probably comparable to the 8800GT with OC. All three are a little old and probably barely enough to play modern games with, depending on the resolution of your friend's monitor(s). I know you didn't ask, but I would save up for a better card than any of the above.

As for what you DID ask, I would pick between the two new ones based on price and brand preference. (I have no preference, some prefer AMD over nVidia or vice versa) They should perform roughly equal, according to the graphics card hierarchy chart here: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-car...

I suppose it depends on the price of the used 8800 GT, but if it's comparable to other two I would pick new over used all day long.

a c 87 U Graphics card
June 17, 2012 11:01:43 PM

ozsa said:
thats twice the price of any solutions i posted :D 


The 7750 is too? Sorry about that, IDK prices in your area. I'd recommend at least getting a DX11-capable card such as a a card from the Radeon 5000, Radeon 6000, GTS/GTX 400, and GTX 500 graphics card families. Maybe a 5750/6750 or GTS 450 are in your budget?
June 17, 2012 11:16:21 PM

http://www.emag.ro/placi_video/placa-video-msi-nvidia-g... this GTS I could buy, its about same price as the radeon 4850. I just don't know how this goes, how hot it is for example, because the stock coolered 4850 I remember was reaching almost to 100C sometimes. Have no idea about this MSI, and can't find it anywhere, its like the only MSI GTS 450 that exists is the Cyclone..
June 17, 2012 11:18:05 PM

btw resolution that he plays is 1920*1080 24" lcd
a c 87 U Graphics card
June 17, 2012 11:19:46 PM

ozsa said:
http://www.emag.ro/placi_video/placa-video-msi-nvidia-g... this GTS I could buy, its about same price as the radeon 4850. I just don't know how this goes, how hot it is for example, because the stock coolered 4850 I remember was reaching almost to 100C sometimes. Have no idea about this MSI, and can't find it anywhere, its like the only MSI GTS 450 that exists is the Cyclone..


I'm pretty sure that it won't have temp problems. It should have decent performance. Not quite as good as the 7750, but decent. It still won't max out some of today's most intensive games at 1080p (not even at 1600x900), but it should do better than the old card.
June 18, 2012 12:27:28 PM

No need to max out gfx, just run it on 1920 resolution with medium settings, I will go for the GTS450, I hope this version is still ok, since its not the cyclone.
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