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Graphics I fried my graphics card

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Barrahazard, 10 Aug 2012.

  1. Barrahazard

    Barrahazard Life is too short to rush

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    Hi all,

    A little history;
    While playing company of heros my system crashed and on re-boot there were screen artifacts while I was still in the BIOS... O dear! The system did POST however but never made it to the log-on screen. Long story short after goggling it I decided that I should re-install windows which I did, with difficulty because of all the artifacts but I managed it! So when the first part of the installation was complete and the system re-booted there were no more artifacts! Hurray! :D The victory was short lived however because the system then went on to load drivers for everything and on re-boot the artifacts were back :sigh: after some more googling it appears my graphics card is to blame (however I do not have another card to prove it with).

    Ok so that is the history over here is the deal. My system is currently the following;

    Mobo Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3R
    cpu Q6600 Core 2 Quad (G0)
    gpu Nvidia XFX 8800GT (now fried)
    ram 8GB
    psu silver stone 500W
    OS windows 7 64bit

    I don't have the money to get a new rig (i wish) I can only afford to replace the gpu. Any suggestions for a card around the £150 mark that would replace my (now fried) 8800GT?

    I have looked at some old threads about replacing a failed 8800gt and at the time people were recommending HD6850, HD6950, GTX560.

    Thanks in advance all for your help! :thumb:
     
  2. dunx

    dunx ITX is where it's at !

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  3. Chicken76

    Chicken76 Active Member

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    GTX 560 Ti prices start around 160 pounds. They're very popular cards. If your budget can stretch, get one, it'll last you a good while.
     
  4. PorkChops

    PorkChops New Member

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    Around that price mark you're looking at a 7850 (slightly over budget) or a gtx560ti (due to drop in price soon), but the newer generation of AMD cards run on alot less power than the current nvidia crop. 560ti's use two pci power cables and consume upwards of 200w, so your psu might not be able to handle it. At the moment 6870's are looking pretty good for the money too theyre currently at the £100 or so mark and get a slight boost over the 6850.
     
  5. Shirty

    Shirty W*nker! Super Moderator

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    Or a second hand 570/580 ;)
     
  6. Harlequin

    Harlequin Well-Known Member

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    gtx 560 wont drop in price `soon` - not when the gtx 660 is coming in over £250
     
  7. hoochy

    hoochy Need moar cooling

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  8. PorkChops

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    I stand corrected, had no idea the 660 had been announced yet. Prices do seem to be fluctuating to extremes witht he 560ti all the same, one week to the next the difference can be £20-25 across the board. Supply-demand in action I suppose. If you are lucky you might spot the odd 448 core going for £150 though, which is a bit of a bargain if you have the PSU to handle it.
     
  9. Barrahazard

    Barrahazard Life is too short to rush

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    Thanks for all the responses.

    I am torn between coming in under budget with the 6870 or slightly over budget with the 7850. A GTX 560 Ti would be nice but it sounds like it would require me to get a new PSU...

    Is it better to go for an older top of the range card or a more recent middle of the range card?

    Cheers
     
  10. WTF_Shelley

    WTF_Shelley The picture is wheeljack

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    you can get a 2nd 8800gt from CEX for £50-70, which will get you back and running until you upgrade
     
  11. MightyBenihana

    MightyBenihana Do or do not, there is no try

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  12. hoochy

    hoochy Need moar cooling

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  13. MightyBenihana

    MightyBenihana Do or do not, there is no try

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    fdbh96 New Member

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    Just thought I'd put in a recommendation for the asus dc2 7850 as I recently just bought one :)

    Its really cool and quiet, even when I overclock it to 1050mhz core and I can't remember what for the memory. It runs pretty much everything (other than witcher 2) at full settings 1080p. If you can stretch the budget its a great card.

    If not, the 560ti and 6850 are meant to be good aswell.
     
  15. xaser04

    xaser04 Ba Ba Ba BANANA!

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    Not for £160, that is HD7850 money.

    A HD6850 for £85 (new) should last you a good while if you don't fancy spending too much.
     
  16. MightyBenihana

    MightyBenihana Do or do not, there is no try

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