Replace Dead Video Card

March 29, 2012 at 13:53:02
Specs: Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit, 3.013 GHz / 8190 MB
Need some suggestions on a video card replacement. My old 8800GTX died a few days ago and I need to replace it with something comparible or perhaps an upgrade. I know they do not make the 8800 any longer and I believe the pci express 2.0 is backward compatible with the old pci express 16, which allows me some options. My board is an asus M2N SLI deluxe with an AMD X2 6000 and a 1000 watt power supply. Some of the higher end 2.0 cards would probably be a waste of money since my mobo would limit the potenetial to an extent, unless I am incorrect. Any suggestions for a good replacement would be greatly appreciated. Thanx in advance.

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March 29, 2012 at 14:50:00
What happened to the 8800GTX? A card generally doesn't just die. Did you overclock the snot out of it? Overheat it to death? Or could it be your PSU is inadequate? Tell us about this "1000 watt power supply" - make/model?

Make sure that you don't get a PCIe 2.1 or PCIe 3.0 card:

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March 29, 2012 at 15:12:40
Power supply>Thermaltake Toughpower W0132RU 1000W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply GeForce GTX 470 Certified
Video card was used daily for the last 4 1/2 yrs, with gaming 4 or 5 times a week, never overclocked. Card displayed profound artifacts followed by system shutdown.
Hope this enough information.
Thank You

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March 29, 2012 at 17:29:11
"Card displayed profound artifacts followed by system shutdown"

Can only guess that you overheated it to death or they was some sort of power spike.

From Xbit Labs:

"the GeForce 8800 GTX does not really need a very special power supply. A high-quality 450W unit should suffice unless you want to build a SLI subsystem out of two such graphics cards. If you do, you’ll need a 600W or higher PSU with four 6-pin PCI Express connectors. If your PSU has only two such connectors, you’ll have to use power adapters included with the card and power the second card from Molex connectors of the PSU. Purchasing an extremely expensive 900-1000W PSU is not actually necessary even for a SLI configuration with two GeForce 8800 GTX."

Here's a couple of cards to consider:

Here's the comparison:

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