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Looking for a replacement Video Card

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by ncglock19, Jul 27, 2011.

  1. ncglock19

    ncglock19

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    Hi all,

    I've been having some temperature sensitive problems with my video card. I had to start shutting my PC down at night, because the temp outside kept the computer room at 78 degrees while I was at work.

    Things were working OK until tonight, and I couldn't get the video to activate, though the room temp was 72. I finally went and looked at all the connections, and I disconnected the video cable from the PC and reattached it, and lo, the video was up, but with a lot of light green ghosting in windows. It's hard to read anything, but I can do e-mail and post.

    I can't find a direct replacement for my card, and was wondering what you guys would suggest. I have a Dell 30" monitor, so I need the firepower. My old card is as follows:

    GeForce (Nvidia) 7900 GT/GTO
    Integrated RAMDAC
    256 MB
    BIOS level 5.71.22.12.02

    Was wondering if someone would suggest a replacement (since this beast is 5 years old).

    nc19
     
  2. GotGlock1917

    GotGlock1917 Lifetime Member

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    My 5 year old Dell XPS 400 came with a 128 mb 7900. It had memory issues and caused BSODs so I replaced it with an BFG Tech 512 mb 8600 GT. It recently crapped out on me and I replaced it with a EVGA 1G 9500 GT.

    All you really have to do is make sure you order a PCIe 16x card and your computer power supply is adequate. At Newegg most video cards state minimum power supply wattage.

    My 8600 and 9500 did not even need the power cable but were cooler and quieter than the 7900.

    My new 1G 9500GT was $70 at Newegg.com .

    This is it. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130395
     

    Last edited: Jul 27, 2011

  3. StarvinMarvin

    StarvinMarvin

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    What dell do you have?

    I'm not sure if your card is pci-x or old enough to be agp?

    Assuming you have a pci-express slot and you don't game, get something like this

    If gaming isn't your thing, any graphics card can support your monitor just fine. If you game a little, Let me know what the rest of your specs are, because at 5yrs old you are most certainly CPU limited as far as a bottle-neck is concerned.
     
  4. ncglock19

    ncglock19

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    I've got a Dual Athlon 4200+ and the video card is in a PCI-e slot.

    Also, the Dell 30" monitor I have is the 3007WFP.

    nc19
     
  5. StarvinMarvin

    StarvinMarvin

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    That is a very nice monitor :wow:

    I wouldn't spend too much money on this, because almost anything will be superior to that 7900. It's like 4 generations behind current cards. If you are planning on rebuilding your system soon (next 6months or so) then I'd change and buy something nicer.

    I'm not sure if your board is pcie 1.0 or 2.0. Why that matters is if your slot is 1.0 some board makers didn't update bios to be compatible with future cards. All 2.0 cards seem to work fine, but some of the 2.1 cards don't.

    I'd get a GeForce GT 240 to ensure compatibility, should be able to find it cheap and it will perform better than that linked 9500gt.

    Cheap but with the hassles of a MIR
    A few refurbs at the bottom
     
  6. ncglock19

    ncglock19

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    Not sure of the form factor but the case is a Tsunami dream, and on bootup, I see the Motherboard ID'd as

    GA-K8N Pro-SLI F9 (from Gigabyte)

    I'm now searching for the dual processor info for this.

    nc19
     
  7. ncglock19

    ncglock19

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    Just after posting this, I realized that my processor must be a dual core processor, so there's only one socket on the board for the processor. :shakehead:
     
  8. StarvinMarvin

    StarvinMarvin

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    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128301 is your board ?

    Your board has issues with pcie 2.1 cards(unless you get a new bios which will be hard to do without video), too bad cause an ati hd 5570 would be nice. Definitely get something from Nvdia, GT240 or better.
     
  9. ncglock19

    ncglock19

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    Yep, thar she blows.

    nc19