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#1 8 years ago

So, after years of good service, my desktop 8800GT has finally died; a few weeks ago it started throwing up artifacts and causing my computer to freeze up in the middle of games. A week after that, it started doing it outside of games. Now it won't even make it to Windows.

The card was an EVGA 8800GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3. The rest of my relevant computer specs are:

  • ECS i945GCT motherboard (socket 775, Intel 945 chipset)
  • Pentium Dual Core E2200 (2.2GHz, currently at 2.7, as high as it goes)
  • 4GB DDR2-667 memory
  • 550W Antec TruePower Trio PSU

I know this machine is old and just not worth investing any significant money into any longer. Unfortunately, as much as I'd like to start over and build a new computer, the money just isn't there and will not be for a long time. I can spare maybe $100, which is enough for a replacement graphics card.

I've been looking around, and I'm thinking of getting a 9800-series graphics card, since they're pretty cheap these days. I've found a 9800GT for $60, which, as far as I can tell, is literally the exact same as my old 8800GT. I've also found a 9800GTX+ for $85, which will probably perform a bit better. At the moment I'm trying to choose between these two.

My motherboard only has one PCIe slot, but there is plenty of space around it in all directions; my 8800GT didn't even come close to touching anything. Am I correct in assuming that a dual-slot GPU like the 9800GTX+ will fit, if I don't mind blocking an unused PCI slot?

Also, any other recommendations as to what I should buy are more than welcome. Just remember that it absolutely has to cost me less than $100 USD, including shipping. I don't mind buying used from eBay, either.

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tl;dr - my 8800GT just died, I'm not going to build a whole new computer, need to find a comparable or better replacement graphics card under $100.

Thanks in advance for your help, guys.




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#2 8 years ago

This, perhaps? It's somewhere in the region of 10% slower than a 9800GTX+/GTS 250, but you get DirectX 11 support instead.




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#3 8 years ago

have you checked around on newegg yet?




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#4 8 years ago

With that budget in Nvidia Id go with a GTS 250. I've seen them under $100 at Newegg and as low as $65 NIB from top rated eBay sellers.




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#5 8 years ago
>Omen<;5410712With that budget in Nvidia Id go with a GTS 250. I've seen them under $100 at Newegg and as low as $65 NIB from top rated eBay sellers.

This. Though it is a rebrand of the 9800gtx+ or whatever, it is a rock solid card. I suggest the brand Zotac, it has awesome products for cheap money. I got the full dual-slot card, 512mb for 96€ about a year and a month ago from Amazon, I bet you can get it even cheaper.




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#6 8 years ago

So the GTS 250 is a rebranded 9800GTX+? It looks smaller in the pictures. =p

If it's not too much trouble, could anyone give me a brief list of which nVidia cards have been rebranded? It would be very helpful.

I think I might spring for this GTS 250...I've been seeing some pretty good prices on eBay (thanks Omen!), some even less than the 9800GTX's I was looking at earlier.

Also found an XFX model on Newegg with double lifetime warranty for $80 after $30 MIR...not bad.

Thanks for all your help so far, guys!

EDIT - I just put down a bid for a 1GB EVGA GTS 250 on eBay, new in box for $70 and free shipping. Fingers crossed!




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#7 8 years ago

Zamamee;5410785I think I might spring for this GTS 250...I've been seeing some pretty good prices on eBay (thanks Omen!), some even less than the 9800GTX's I was looking at earlier.

Also found an XFX model on Newegg with double lifetime warranty for $80 after $30 MIR...not bad.

Thanks for all your help so far, guys!

EDIT - I just put down a bid for a 1GB EVGA GTS 250 on eBay, new in box for $70 and free shipping. Fingers crossed!

Your welcome, people often forget to check eBay. I wouldn't necessarily trust them for some things because often times manufacturers don't honor purchases at auction sites for warranty. Some sellers with eBay stores are actually authorized resellers though, so you have to check.

On a purchase of under $100 though to keep an old rig alive, it makes sense as long as you know it's new and the seller has at least some kind of return privilege.

Good that you opted for the EVGA instead of XFX, because truth be told, XFX is just a name anymore clinging to a warranty they try as hard they can to skip out on. Sounds like you're only bidding at this point though. Make sure you read up on how to win a last minute bidding war if you haven't.




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#8 8 years ago
So the GTS 250 is a rebranded 9800GTX+? It looks smaller in the pictures. =p

Basically. 8800GTS 512MB = 9800GTX = 9800GTX+ = GTS 250. There were a bunch of core tweaks, die shrinks, higher clocks ect... but its basically still just good old G92.

EDIT - I just put down a bid for a 1GB EVGA GTS 250 on eBay, new in box for $70 and free shipping. Fingers crossed!

That a good buy if you get it. I have a 9800GTX 512MB i might be selling if i don't use it for a PhysX card. Its good up to 830Mhz on the core, and 2400 on the mem. I'll probably end up selling it though since i would have to get a better PSU to use it with my 470.




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#9 8 years ago

Doc's right, except to mention that while going from 8800GTS - 9800GTX - 9800GTX+ there were improvements and the like, the 9800GTX+ and the GTS 250 are the same card. Literally just a name change. There might have been BIOS tweaks to give it higher stock clocks or something, but hardware-wise, they're identical. You can flash that card (assuming you get it) with a 250 BIOS if you like.




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#10 8 years ago

FFFFFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUU

I bid $90 maximum on that card an hour ago, and I was winning with $65...I just checked it with 3 minutes left on the auction and I still had the lead. I refreshed one more time and someone else bumped it up to $91 and outbid me. I MAD