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Xfx 8800 gts dying, need advice on a new card please..

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July 10, 2012 7:37:38 AM

Hello, copy/pasting -p

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 1/2 weeks

BUDGET RANGE: 100/175€

USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming - Lots of different stuff, i usually race on simbin sims like gt legends and gtr titles but i also play a lot of flight simulator x and aerofly fs. Also spend a lot of time in skyrim, gta iv, farcry 2, dirt 3, f1 2011, max payne 3. After that just use my pc for net/movies/facebook lol, its 75% for gaming -)

CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: 8880 gtx xxx and enermax 500w with 32A@12v.

OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: core2duo e6600 @ 3,2ghz water cooled, Gygabyte ep45t-u3dr 1.0, corsair ddr3 1600.

PARTS PREFERENCES: Ati and physx -) well my board only has 1 pci-e slot so.. ill stick with nvidia i think..i like ati/amd a bit more then nvidia but i really like physx..i guess i´m stuck with nvidia still (im not putting the amd option entirely away but if its a close call i´ll go for the nvidia for now). No real preference in card makers but in portugal its easier to get asus, evga, gainward, msi, xfx and zotac.

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1024x768, 1440x900, in near future also 1680x1050, maybe even 1920x1200 depending if i can get a graphic card that stands that.

So,i think my card it´s dying, at the moment i only get 800x600 and with a lot of green and purples lines all over..sometimes when i startup the pc it recognises the 8800gts but after 5 minutes crashes and i have to reset it. After that windowz 7 installs my graphics with a vga standard driver..Im just hoping its not the pci-e.
I already did a lot of research in tom´s site and also techpowerup and im a bit confused really..with 175€ i can get a gtx560 (not TI) or i can get an amd XFX 7770 Black for 160€, but i´m not really excited with the performance of those too.. then i saw something a bit more cheaper like the gtx 550 ti but in this case it just seems too weak.. i don´t know.
I Like graphics and i like to max out my games, my xfx 8800 gts still runned every game with medium/high settings @ 1440x900, the most recent game i´m playing is max payne 3 and it played smooth with dx10 and high setting enabled, of course almost all games with no AA but hey..
Just need some sugestions/opinions please.. maybe its worth paying +/- 210€ for the gtx 560 ti? or a gtx 460 i saw used for 75€? -) something that would run these latest games in high or very high settings @ 1680x1050..with AA from now on please
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a c 109 U Graphics card
July 10, 2012 7:39:13 AM

6870.
a b U Graphics card
July 10, 2012 8:42:19 AM

A GTX 560 Ti is another good alternative and should fall within your budget range.
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a b U Graphics card
July 10, 2012 3:09:08 PM

For a core 2 duo, take advantage of your watercooling and OC to 4GHz

At 4ghz, a GTX460 is the best you can pair up with a core 2 duo without bottleneck

its a 90€ card too!
July 11, 2012 1:01:29 AM

if i go ati im thinking maybe 6850 or 8670...but the room where the pc is located is very hot, 20/25ºC min air temp so..i dont know about those cards.
as for my cpu is@3.2 and 40ºC under load on the coolest days, 50ºC in summer temps...so i don´t know about 4ghz as i have to raise voltage for that speed almost for sure, but i´ll try -)
GTX 560 ti its very expensive for me, last,last resort really -(
GTX 560 not ti annoys me because its just a ti with a some blocked resources...but its 50€ cheaper...is it really 50€ cheaper in performance too?
GTX 460 i only can get used..its the 1gb 192bits model btw..Gainward.
Also, how are the mentioned cards under directx9 and 11? all good?
a b U Graphics card
July 11, 2012 2:06:17 AM

All those models are DX11,

GTX560SE is the best bet for a 560, although more bottleneck on your cpu if youd dont overclock it.

You have plenty of room to overclock at an idle of 40c.

If you get a 460 there are a few things to take in mind:

As technology advances, the 460's life span is not as much as a 560

You can transfer your 560 over to a new rig that you make in the future

The 560 is more of a bottleneck on your cpu, and has stutter on STEAM games.

Be sure to choose a post as the solution to your question when you feel as though you figured what card is good for you! ;) 

July 13, 2012 4:29:38 AM

just found a MSI GeForce GTX 560 Ti Twin Frozr II 1 GB used with 1 year warranty for 100€.. i guess ill buy that one.
Too much bottleneck with my e6600@3.2/3.6 or 4ghz?
Thanks
a b U Graphics card
July 13, 2012 4:35:11 AM

There may be a small bottleneck, but not anything to fume over, maybe a few FPS at most. Get that card if it really is that price.
a b U Graphics card
July 13, 2012 4:48:03 AM

Even if by chance it's a non Ti 560, I would get it as you said, it's a good deal. I would jump on that before it is sold.
July 13, 2012 4:59:24 AM

ya, cheapest non ti around here cost at least 175€.
But now im kind hoping that the pic is real, just read a review on that card at techpowerup, liked the review and love the cooler -)
But ya, i think ill get even if its not ti, that 1 year warranty is also a big + for me.
:) 
a b U Graphics card
July 13, 2012 5:04:55 AM

Go for it, report back when you get it. ;) 
July 16, 2012 5:39:27 AM

bah, bad news, already sold it, only has an HD 7850 now for 200€
i cant afford that by now, so..
but i read a lot of stuff by now..im kinda gaving up on my physx demand.
I´m between these two cards, 7770 or Gtx 560 SE.
I did have an ati some years ago and the support was a bit...weak, i read the forums, some say its better, some say its the same, lots of bla bla bla issues with AMD cards.
On the other hand i don´t like nvidia policies/prices to be honest.
So..on your opinions, 7770 or Gtx 560 SE ?
Oh, and..stupid question but, its a Intel Cpu and AMD Gpu a good combo?
-)
July 21, 2012 3:37:48 AM

bla bla bla
got a 7770 now
-)
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