Thinking about getting a new vid card

Rogue Sniper

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Okay well since im guess my vid card is bad not as in cant play DoDS... just has issues and i installed it correctly when i built my comp and drivers are up to date ...

so i was thinking of getting a new vid card and this is what I see that i like
XFX 8600 GTS ~$180 PCIe (specs off mwave.com)
Features:

Brand:XFX
Model:pVT84GUDE3

Interface:pCI Express x16
Chipset Manufacturer:NVIDIA
GPU:GeForce 8600GTS
Core clock:720 MHz

Memory Clock:2180 MHz
Memory Size:256MB
Memory Interface:128-bit
Memory Type:GDDR3

DirectX:DirectX 10
OpenGL:OpenGL 2.0

DVI:2
TV-Out:HDTV Out
VIVO:No

Tuner:None
RAMDAC:400 MHz
Max Resolution:2560 x 1600
RoHS Compliant:Yes
SLI Supported:Yes
Cooler:With Fan
Dual-Link DVI Supported:Yes

HDCP Ready :Yes
Features:Full Microsoft DirectX 10 Support NVIDIA Lumenex Engine

Compared to my XFX 7900 GT/GTO 256mb w/ VIVO at 470mhz is it a better deal?
(specs off XFX website)
VIVO (Video In Video Out) : Yes
Clock rate : 450 MHz
Memory Clock :1.32 GHz
Dual Link DVI - Supporting digital output up to 2560x1600 :Yes
Chipset : 7900 GT
Memory : 256 MB
Bus Type : PCI-E
Memory Type : DDR3
Memory Bus : 256 bit
Highlighted Features : Dual DVI Out , SLI ready , HDTV ready

the main difference i see from both specs is the 7900 is 256bit memory interface and 8600 is 128bit memory interface
how big of difference is that?

plus if it isnt my vid card that has issues well hey i got 2 vid cards

price for 7900: $300 <--- i can still sell it for that if it isnt causing the problem
price for 8600: $180
 
well, if you gave more information about your PC it would make suggestions easier. I wouldnt reccomend a new vidcard if yoru using a celleron :p (just a case and point)

You should note that the 7900gtx out performs my 8800gts in some games (depends on which drivers are used), so you have to consitter what games you want to playa nd how you play them. If you want dx10 then 8600 may be the way to go, its up to you really.

For help seeing a comparrison of video card models go to the following link. It will allow you to compare many cards in many games. http://www23.tomshardware.com/graphics.html
 
Yeah, the 8600GTS is a downgrade. The 256 bit memory is a pretty big deal, it, theoretically, allows for twice the memory bandwidth of a 128 bit card, meaning information is transferred back and forth between GPU and VRAM more quickly. The only advantage that it has over your 7900GT is DirectX 10 support...and no you could not sell a 7900GT for $300 today. You would be lucky if you even got $150 for it.
 
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Yeah, the 8600GTS is a downgrade. The 256 bit memory is a pretty big deal, it, theoretically, allows for twice the memory bandwidth of a 128 bit card, meaning information is transferred back and forth between GPU and VRAM more quickly. The only advantage that it has over your 7900GT is DirectX 10 support...and no you could not sell a 7900GT for $300 today. You would be lucky if you even got $150 for it.
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okay then can some one recommend a card better than what i have for ~$250 or less
perferibbly less than $200

acutally if it still sells for $300 i probably could sell it for 250 and thats pretty much all i need
@ jones ur ava really scares me... i have nightmares about it


system specs:
AMD X2 64 4600+ AM2
M2N-sLI Deluxe
3gb ddr2 6400 ram
250gb sata drive
cd/dvd dl burner/writer
xfx 7900 gt pcie
600 watt psu
generic hcf fax/data 56k modem
 
What are the "issues" you are having? I ask because the card you have now is well suited for your PC. It looks like your processor is the bottleneck, depending on your RAM latency, assuming you have 3gbps sata not 1.5.

Either you need to fix your "issues" and game on or you will have problems because you cant sell a broken card for $150, let alone 250. You could try a 8800gts like I have, that way your not quite downgrading. Also, I havnt checked the prices of the 2600's lately, maybe radeon has a nice sale.
 
For $250 you could get a 8800GTS after MIR. Much better than a 8600GTS and not realy a downgrade and DX10 too.

[link=hyperlink url]http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150171[/link]
 
well lets see one thing is it just freezes and i cant restart it because if i do then the display is scambled and distorted, i have to hold the power button down and wait til it completly shuts off then power it back on, doesnt crash on DoD S or hi end games usually SC and lower/older games n such

been doin this stuff since ive owned it

RAM: 800mhz 5-5-5-12
SATA 1.5gbs 16mb cache
CPU is 2.4 ghz not OC'ed
tempature is fine in comp never had it over heat or close to over heating
 
Whatever you decide on, be sure to check your motherboard's specifications to see what your board will and will not work with. My board supports PCI Express cards up to 4 lanes. I didn't know that when I bought a 16 lane card. Now I have to go through a lengthy and inconvenient procedure to "trick" my PC into accepting the 16 lane PCI express card.

Having the ability to get an incredibly fast and awesome card won't do you any good if your board won't take it. So do your homework.
 
If you dont mind me asking, how are you chekcing to see if it over heats? It seems weird that it freezes, and you must turn it off instead of hit the 'reset' switch on your case. That seems to indicate that there may be a motherboard issue. Have you ever checked the temperature of your Northbridge? I have seen many stock heatsyncs not allow propor heat disipation of the chipset.

Since the northbridge is directly tied to your graphics card, a problem with it would make you believe it's your card.
The next time your comp freezes, before you reset, measure the temp of yoru gpu, northbridge, and cpu.

Can you give any more information about the freeze, does it get choppy first, or directly frozen?

I noticed you said it had a problem with older games. Are you running Vista? if so, 32 or 64?
 
XP Pro SP2 32bit
i have ASUS Probe 2 running and nothings close to the warning level so i kno its no overheating plus i have 3 chasis fan, 2 fans on PSU, 1 on CPU, 1 on GPU

CPU runs at 105o F = warning lvl 170o F
MB at 91o F = warning 158o F
all fans work correctly
 
warnign level you mgiht think is 170F but really at 130 i would expect stutter then freeze then crash.

Also, i stick with what I said last time, how is the northbridge temp, and are these the temps durring a freeze or right at the moment? which forceware drivers are you using?
 
...this is going to sound a little bit strange...

But do you have a crapload of things plugged into the same socket/region? Like in a large powerstrip or something? My card was doing similar things, as well as warping and distorting the screen at times. I thought it was because things were overheating at first, but temperatures were fine. ...as it turns out, for some reason, it was because I'd recently added a small desk fan to cool ME off and plugged it into the powerstrip all the other stuff was plugged into. ...and it screwed everything up. I switched some of the things and plugged them into other outlets and it fixed my problem entirely.

I don't think this is probably your problem but I like to feel like I'm helping. Rawr!
 
Get either and EVGA or BFG 7600GT 256MB PCI-E. Anything over that is overkill for this game. Plus, at under $100 now, its WELL worth the upgrade. I run it on 2 24" WS lcd's and have everything set on high and get fantastic fps.
 

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