New VGA card

Intel / D975xbx
October 25, 2009 at 04:42:53
Specs: Windows 7, E6550 @ 2.33GHz / 4 GB

I have encountered a problem with my VGA nVidia 7950GX2 card. It has served me well since purchase till today (years passed) the other day windows suddenly just displayed a blue dumping memory screen and rebooted since then till I replaced the card with my older model 6600 nVidia. and the PC has not been working.

I guess the 7950 died on me?

If so any suggestion on what to get? budget not to jump over 100$ give or take.

PS: I was fully satisfied with my 7950gx2.

MB Intel D975XBX
CPU E6550
OS Windows 7.

I do play frequently and all new games I install play for a week and uninstall them.


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October 25, 2009 at 05:50:00
Now I'm kinda confused after browsing the web.

I found 2 local shops which sell nVidia GTX260 and MSI 9800GT 1GB.

I think they're both DDR3.

Which is better? I'd assume the GTXX260 since it's around 300 USD. the 9800GT 1GB is around 200 USD.

I think I can push up my budget a nudge unless you folks have a cheaper solution which might be same quality or better? a bit less?


confused fellow gamer.


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October 25, 2009 at 06:33:05
According to toms hardware crysis benchmark ati radeon hd 4870 is better than gtx 260. And hd 4870 512mb cost $124, gtx 260 cost $164

edit... If u buy hd 4870 u also need new psu. But under $100 the good perfomance card is ati radeon hd 4670 take 512mb with gddr3 and u dont need to upgrade psu.

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October 25, 2009 at 09:52:02
If you look at the Graphics Card Hierarchy Chart at Tom's Hardware, you'll get an idea of where your card ranks & which cards are better. It wasn't all that long ago that the 7950 GX2 was one of the hottest cards available, but now it's equal to a Radeon HD 4650 w/DDR3 memory. Oh how the mighty have fallen! There are plenty of cards available in the $100 price range that are significantly better.

Note that the above chart doesn't include the latest ATI HD 5000 series.

As for needing a new power supply...the 7950 GX2 was pretty power hungry so my guess is your current PSU is *probably* sufficient.

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October 26, 2009 at 23:00:50
Thank you both but I'm still in a puzzle so I shall go ATI not nVidia? I'm considering now the HD 4670 is it a good deal at 75 bucks


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