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Topic # 57722 22-Feb-2010 23:55
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Hi All,

I suspect my graphics card has gone toast :(

If I try to play any game the screen freezes and drops to what looks like 24 colours
I have to do a hard shut down to get out of the game.
On reboot there are green dotted lines or red squares & it wont boot normally.
If I leave it sitting off for a while I can boot to the desktop normally & do everything except game.

Based on that I'm thinking its time for a new card

The next question is ... what card?
I'm looking for something for gaming (UT3, Mass Effect2, Dragon Age, etc)

Cards on the list (512Mb - 896Mb ... or more)
- 9800GT
- GT240
- GTX260

Cost: $350'ish

Recommendations please!




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  Reply # 301294 23-Feb-2010 00:30
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In my opinion, get a ATI card, they offer better bang for the buck. I have a 4870 and that runs all the games you mention at 1920x1080 on full settings.



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  Reply # 301297 23-Feb-2010 00:54
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Thanks Base, I'll take a look at the ATI cards too




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  Reply # 301315 23-Feb-2010 07:40
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Yeah the ATI cards have a bit of kick to them at the moment compared to the Nvidia range.
What CPU are you running ?




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  Reply # 301711 24-Feb-2010 06:05
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With high end CAD graphics card Nvidia is far better than ATI, don;t know how it compares for low/mid end graphics cards.

The 9800 is a great card but be aware they are prone to overheating.

Skip cheap manufacturers like MSI. If you want a good quality card look for Gigabyte, Asus, etc. You pay perhaps $20 more, but you get a card designed by proper engineers.




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  Reply # 301764 24-Feb-2010 11:27
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Thanks for the info guys.

The 9800 will be booted from the list then, heavy gaming graphics sounds like it may be too much for it




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  Reply # 301802 24-Feb-2010 14:10
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Whoops thought I replied to this but forgot to hit submit :S

You can get a ATI 5770 for about $299 :) that'd place all your games, has good power consumption ratings and is DX11 compatible...it's only a slight bit slower than the 4870 1GB in some games




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  Reply # 301828 24-Feb-2010 14:59
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What resolution screen are you running, 1680x1050, 1920x1080 etc?


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