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July 29, 2012 1:27:15 PM

My 9800GT has given up the ghost (fan died, sniff) and I need a replacement fairly urgently (i.e. within the next 1-2 days, since I need to remote when working from home).

Mobo: XFX 750i SLI
Processor/CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E8400, 2x2GB Corsair XMS2 DDR2
Current Graphics Card: XFX GeForce 9800GT 512MB
Display Resolution: 1920x1080
PSU: Corsair TX650W
Case: Antec Performance Plus 1080AMG, 3 fans

I'm not a heavy gamer (read: no plans to multi-GPU), but have successfully played COD-MW3 (single player only) on my current rig, enjoy playing Civ 5 (which chugs a bit), and I'm currently fooling around with Just Cause 2 and Borderlands.

Budget: ~$100 CAD

I'm not averse to spending a bit more for some improvement in performance and longevity, but understand that my CPU will be the bottleneck with newer games anyways.

I CANNOT afford to upgrade mobo & CPU at this time. I will eventually build a new rig, maybe next year, but too many cost pressures at the moment.

I wouldn't mind something a bit cooler, less power to help with summer temps in my south-facing home office and electricity bills, but figure that most new cards should be a bit better on these fronts anyways.

I really just need something to get me back up and running and make me feel that my purchase and money isn't totally throwaway.

Also: might consider overclocking my E8400, but haven't really looked into it.

Any and all recommendations/suggestions are much appreciated.

Many, many thanks in advance.

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a b U Graphics card
July 29, 2012 1:40:09 PM

Well, for about 100 CAD, you MIGHT be able to snatch a 7770, if not, it'll have to be a 7750. If you are not a heavy gamer, the 7750 should serve you fine, but keep an eye out for deep discount deals on the 7770, they are frequently found <120 dollars.

Or perhaps you can try fixing the fan on the 9800GT ?
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July 29, 2012 1:41:54 PM

An AMD 7750 or possibly 7770 can be had for about $125-135. I have also seen Nvidia 550 for about $125 as well. I have seen 9800 GT still around for about $90-100 but for the few extra $$ these other cards can move over to your next build, whenever that is.
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July 29, 2012 1:46:33 PM

yes i had a9800gt which i upgraded to this from and i get no less than 20-25 fps more on the same settings with dx11 enabled on crysis2 and dirt3
on bf3 i managed to get 10 fps more on high @ 1080p
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a b U Graphics card
July 29, 2012 1:54:34 PM

no problem :) 
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July 29, 2012 1:58:56 PM

panwala95 said:
yes i had a9800gt which i upgraded to this from and i get no less than 20-25 fps more on the same settings with dx11 enabled on crysis2 and dirt3
on bf3 i managed to get 10 fps more on high @ 1080p


I'm not sure if the 9800GT actually supports DX11, so perhaps enabling it did nothing in the game to help the performance (or hurt it).

Did your 9800GT have 512MB or 1GB of VRAM ?
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July 29, 2012 2:06:41 PM

Maxx_Power said:
I'm not sure if the 9800GT actually supports DX11, so perhaps enabling it did nothing in the game to help the performance (or hurt it).

Did your 9800GT have 512MB or 1GB of VRAM ?

i meant to say that even with dx 11 enabled ( on hd 6770 ) i was getting better than the 9800gt (dx 10) in those games
i had the 1 gb version of the 9800gt
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July 29, 2012 2:13:14 PM

panwala95 said:
i meant to say that even with dx 11 enabled ( on hd 6770 ) i was getting better than the 9800gt (dx 10) in those games
i had the 1 gb version of the 9800gt


Ahh, okay. That makes sense.
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a b U Graphics card
July 29, 2012 2:14:17 PM

ELeMentalRacer said:
Thanks to all for the many super-speedy responses!

The 6770 and 7750 were really confusing me with the pricing overlaps.

Any thoughts on the following?
Powercolor Radeon HD 7750 800MHZ 1GB 4.5GBPS GDDR5


You are right, it is a little confusing by pricing. Essentially, the 6770 is faster across the range of games and benchmarks, but the 7750 is a newer and more power efficient card, and thus AMD is charging the full retail price (more or less) on the 7750, while the 6770 is actually TWO generations older, and thus being cleared of remaining stock at retailers. Those End Of Life sales can get really cheap and beneficial for you or me.
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a b U Graphics card
July 29, 2012 2:42:19 PM

but i feel it makes more sense in getting the hd 7750 because it can be oc'ed better, lesser power consumed and better support
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July 29, 2012 2:45:56 PM

panwala95 said:
but i feel it makes more sense in getting the hd 7750 because it can be oc'ed better, lesser power consumed and better support


Depends on what you treasure more. I am split either way. Both are great in what they are for. :) 
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July 29, 2012 2:57:04 PM

Both cards should do okay. The PowerColor HD 7750 should do fine too.
But why not go for a HD 7770, since it's only $10 more.
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July 29, 2012 3:56:47 PM

Just go with what most here have already suggested. The 7770 is only just below the performance of a older gtx460 256bit edition and a typical gtx460 is about 20% faster than two 9800gt 1gb in sli. Still got two 9800gt 1gb running in another rig and a 8800gt put away.
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July 29, 2012 4:31:03 PM

Thanks, going to hit a few bricks-and-mortar stores today to see if there's any deals to be had; otherwise, I'll probably go for that PowerColor HD 7750. 7770 performance gains look tempting, but <$100 next-day looks better than >$125 later this week. :D 
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August 5, 2012 6:07:19 PM

Best answer selected by ELeMentalRacer.
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August 5, 2012 6:09:40 PM

Thanks to all for the info. Was really tempted to edge up to a 7-series, but I ended up picking up a Radeon 6770 HD for $100 with a $20 rebate and it's working beautifully.
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