Temporary graphics card replacement - advise needed

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  • inni786 30 Mar 2013 11:45:49 133 posts
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    Morning all,

    Need some advise please regarding replacing my current graphics cards as they are giving me problems - overheating and crashes when gaming.
    My current setup is x2 8800gtx in sli and am looking to replace these with just the one card and my preference would be a geforce but am open to an ati card.
    My budget is tight so looking to spend around £50ish so maybe ebay is my best bet.
    I would like to have the same performance of my current cards if possible so have been doing some research and it looks like a geforce gtx 285 would do the job.
    My mobo only supports PCI express 2.0 so these new cards that are 3.0 wont do.
    I dont do much gaming on my pc only games like L4D2, Fm2012 so nothing that intensive.
    Any advise will be appreciated.
  • morriss 30 Mar 2013 12:24:37 70,920 posts
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  • RobTheBuilder 30 Mar 2013 12:43:26 6,521 posts
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    Apparently the AMD 7750 is a good card for a touch more than that.
    Any 3.0 card will work fine, you are just bandwidth limited (which isn't an issue with cards under £100 or so anyway).

    Actually, the 285 looks more powerful than the 7750, but I can't see it for sale anywhere for £50 or so - may be an older or discontinued model. I'm not certain either will be quite up to 2 x 8800 GTX, but they shouldn't be far off.

    http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/gaming-graphics-card-review,review-32654-2.html

    Edited by RobTheBuilder at 12:46:23 30-03-2013

    Edited by RobTheBuilder at 12:48:01 30-03-2013
  • RobTheBuilder 30 Mar 2013 12:43:36 6,521 posts
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    @inni786 See above :)
  • inni786 30 Mar 2013 14:17:54 133 posts
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    thanks for the reply and advise.
    I think ill take a gamble and get one of the geforce cards 285 gtx from ebay, hopefully ill get a decent price for one
  • RobTheBuilder 30 Mar 2013 14:19:44 6,521 posts
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    @inni786 good luck!
  • morriss 30 Mar 2013 14:25:05 70,920 posts
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    adviCe
  • Deleted user 30 March 2013 14:30:11
    Good contribution.
  • RobTheBuilder 30 Mar 2013 14:33:01 6,521 posts
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    mowgli wrote:
    Good contribution.
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  • bitch_tits_zero_nine 30 Mar 2013 14:36:46 6,654 posts
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    I remember when two 8800gtx would have been the absolute pinnacle; crysis was released when this was the state of the art card iirc.

    50 quid :D PC owners are fecking nuts.
  • RobTheBuilder 30 Mar 2013 15:32:07 6,521 posts
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    I remember playing Burnout Legends in 3D at the NVidia stand at the Gadget Show a few years ago, it ran at 60fps in high res 3D on an 8800gtx. I was very impressed.

    Shame the Criterion NFS games haven't had the same optimisation.
  • bitch_tits_zero_nine 30 Mar 2013 15:38:06 6,654 posts
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    Yeah me too. Burnout Paradise was also really well optimised. I think NFS Most Wanted is about the only game my laptop can't play, which is annoying.

    You'ld think that developers would learn that there is a big market for laptop owners with moderate 3D capability and the desire to play games.
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