Upgrading video card, which one?

#1
I currently have a Geforce 7950 GT and am thinking of a new card. What is good value for money but still with a decent bit of speed these days?

The rest of the setup is 3800+ 64x2 dual core at 2.01Ghz with 2 GB of ram.

Any help appreciated.
 
#2
I'm in the market to upgrade myself, I've been looking at a Geforce 8800GTX but I'm waiting for the prices to come down.
 
#5
Ord_Sgt said:
I currently have a Geforce 7950 GT and am thinking of a new card. What is good value for money but still with a decent bit of speed these days?

The rest of the setup is 3800+ 64x2 dual core at 2.01Ghz with 2 GB of ram.

Any help appreciated.
I would have thought anything that's decent value for money in your case wouldn't be worth upgrading to, as your card doesn't seem too bad. This all depends on your budget of course.
 
#8
I got a 8800 GT second hand for 60 quid, Just make sure your PSU has plenty of power. Good card!
 
#9
I went thru this just recently. First I bought an ATI x1750 and it crapped out after a while. Then got another ATI and it had problems took it back. Something with ATI's drivers I'm assuming.

Anyway, long story short. Bought a 8800 GT and it works like a charm and runs like a beast.

Just as Cpl_Ripper mentioned however, make sure you have a good power supply if you decide to get one. I went to a 650 watt with the vid card power cords as an upgrade.
 
#10
skintboymike said:
YesItsMe said:
according to my son ...
Geforce 8800GTX
brilliant choice :D

but no matter what you do - make sure it's nvidia :lol:
So I've heard. Don't suppose your son also knows of any good deals on it? I can't find anything less than £160.
Close as I can find for that price mike:

http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=GX-099-XF&groupid=701&catid=56&subcat=877

Two 8800GTs can be had of about the same price as a single 8800GTX , and actaully outperform the single card in SLi, strangely enough.

The new 9800 series cards have just arrived , but they olny have 512MB on board memory - so at the moment the 8800 GTX 768Mb card outperform them at high resoloutions.

Dependant on your monitor Ord , you might want to have a look at one of these :

http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=GX-002-PN

cheap and does the buisness on a normal sized screen , I'd go for the 8800GTX if your on a 20 + " monitor with widescreen though. Computer component prices have dropped a fair whack recently , but Id recon they'll be due a hike soon , so nows a good time to buy.

I put together a 4 Gb RAM 8800GTX overclocked Quad core beast for just over a grand a couple of months ago from that website, built it myself and everything.
 
#12
Running a 20" widescreen off a Quad-SLI NVidia 7900 thingy.
Liquid-cooled Aleienware stuff.

I wish I'd never bought the Dell monitor ... trying to upgrade the old Vaio internals to generate the imagery blew that system completely.

Off to Alienware of £3800 of dogs bollosk PC [NOT].

Next system will be a Filofax .... I've really had it with high-end IT.
 
#13
Can the video card in a lappy be upgraded? someone told me not :( but that could have been a load of arrse :D I realise that would fcuk up the warranty, but as soon as you buy a bit of kit, 6 months later.....don't bother buying any new games! cnuts :evil:
 
#14
five-minute-fagbreak said:
Can the video card in a lappy be upgraded? someone told me not :( but that could have been a load of arrse :D I realise that would fcuk up the warranty, but as soon as you buy a bit of kit, 6 months later.....don't bother buying any new games! cnuts :evil:
IMO ... and willing to be abused .... more powerful cards = more heat = no way of dissipating heat = blown motherboard/internals.

Possibly.
 
#16
blue_sophist said:
five-minute-fagbreak said:
Can the video card in a lappy be upgraded? someone told me not :( but that could have been a load of arrse :D I realise that would fcuk up the warranty, but as soon as you buy a bit of kit, 6 months later.....don't bother buying any new games! cnuts :evil:
IMO ... and willing to be abused .... more powerful cards = more heat = no way of dissipating heat = blown motherboard/internals.

Possibly.
Thats what I thought, and I trust your opinion - with no abuse :crash: :D
 
#17
five-minute-fagbreak said:
blue_sophist said:
five-minute-fagbreak said:
Can the video card in a lappy be upgraded? someone told me not :( but that could have been a load of arrse :D I realise that would fcuk up the warranty, but as soon as you buy a bit of kit, 6 months later.....don't bother buying any new games! cnuts :evil:
IMO ... and willing to be abused .... more powerful cards = more heat = no way of dissipating heat = blown motherboard/internals.
Possibly.
Thats what I thought, and I trust your opinion - with no abuse :crash: :D
My desk-top Alien has liquid cooling to try to keep the graphics cards from exploding.
Alien laptops have a terrible reputation ...
The clues are there, folks ...
 
#19
I've got 2 Nvidia 8600's in SLI. I dont do much gaming so chose 2 of the 512MB cards.

I've tried COD and Halo and the quality is excellent.
 
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