So my Graphics Card is dead, now what? 12 replies

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XCON_Faxion

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#1 10 years ago

I just tried upgrading my PSU from a 350W to a 500W supply. I do know it is kinda late to upgrade a PSU on an old PC but the 500W was on sale at my local computer fair for only $50. Even though I installed it correctly my graphic card a GeForce 6800GT didn't survive and gave me static every time I plugged it in. I put the old PSU back and still static. I tried putting the graphic card in another PC and still got static. As far as I know the card is dead. Even though the card is over four years old it still was a loss. For now I have temporarily replaced it with my old GeForce FX 5200 PCI for now. The Question now is what I should do now.

The way I figure it I could buy a new 6800 which nowadays goes for $50, buy the best AGP card I can, the Radeon HD 3850 which can be had for $150-180, or I can keep running my FX 5200 and save up enough cash to build up a new PC which may take a few years thanks to college expenses. The PC's specs are in my sig. Any one have some advice on what to do next.




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#2 10 years ago

I got an 8600GT for only $50. Perfect condition and I'm happy with it!




Chocu1a

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#3 10 years ago

If they make an agp 8600gt, I would get it.




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#4 10 years ago

buy one off ebay like me




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#5 10 years ago

I have yet to find an 8600 in AGP form.




*The.Doctor

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#6 10 years ago

The HD 3850 is your best bet if your willing to spend that much. It would be a huge improvement over a 6800, and will stomp all over any 8600 without breaking a sweat. They are selling for $160 on newegg.

If your looking for something cheaper, this would probably be your best bet: Newegg.com - POWERCOLOR AG3650 512MD2 Radeon HD 3650 512MB 128-bit GDDR2 AGP 4X/8X HDCP Ready Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards

Though there are a lot of complaints about driver problems with HD series AGP cards. Nvidia stopped supporting AGP after the 7800GS as far as i know.

You might also check ebay for a AGP Radeon X1950, which would still be much faster than your 6800.




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#7 10 years ago

What kind of games do you play?




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#8 10 years ago

I was mostly playing old school games like Starcraft, Roller Coaster Tycoon, Call of Duty 2, Doom 3, HL2, BF2 and occasionally F.E.A.R. By FX5200 can still run those games though poorly except HL2, CoD2 on DX8.1 settings. My lack of cash prevented me from getting into some of the newer titles and my system could not be upgraded as AGP has almost been dropped at this point. I know that AGP support is wanning fast and I that driver support will end eventually but I am not that concerned over it as long as the old drivers are still avaliable. I know that pumping an AGP life blood in a four year old system may seem like a waste but I do not plan on upgrading to PCI-E anytime soon.




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#9 10 years ago

TBH i think putting a 3850 into your pc, you would never get the best of it and would be better but you could never get the most of it with your pc. I would put in something a little cheaper which plays the games you want to play without issue and isnt going to be bottlenecked at all.

Something like what you had Newegg.com - BIOSTAR V6802XA16 GeForce 6800XT 128MB 64-bit GDDR2 AGP 4X/8X Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards Or a slightly newer ATI equivelant Newegg.com - SAPPHIRE 100175L Radeon X1650PRO 512MB 128-bit GDDR2 AGP 4X/8X Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards

Good luck whatever you decide :)




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#10 10 years ago

A 6800XT is barely faster than a 6600GT, not to mention a 6800GT like he had.

There is also the cheaper Radeon HD 2600 Pro AGP ($73, $58 after rebate): Newegg.com - POWERCOLOR 26PRO512M AGP Radeon HD 2600PRO 512MB 128-bit GDDR2 AGP 4X/8X HDCP Ready Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards

^That card would be faster than your 6800 as well.




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