possibly need to upgrade 8800gt, not sure!

9 replies [Last post]
lukin80
Offline
Joined: 08/24/2008
Posts: 10

hey guys, ive been out of the loop for a while in hardware and wanted to ask for some advice... if possible :) I hope i posted this in the right subforum, apologies if not.

I was looking at upgrading my 8800gt but the thing is i've no idea on the new cards available for price/bang for buck. The last time i was looking at cards the 4850 and 4870/x2 were just out so i've missed alot or revisions/releases. I wasnt looking at spending a huge amount, hoping to find a deal on at somepoint if i could, id prob be looking between £50 to £100. I was even considering maybe a 4850 (i know not a huge upgrade) for £50/£60 with a heatsink open to allow for cleaning. I dont know of these new ones, the 5 series, or even some of the Nvidia.

The card i have, the main reason i was going to try and replace it was because i cant seem to get into the heatsink to clean the dust out of (its a couple of years old, and i smoke in my gaming room) on alot of the cards you could remove the cover but on this one it seems to be glued somehow. I tried compressed air, but i cant seem to cool it down/ remove the dust/ get into the heatsink. On one of the models it had clips, but on this one, it had nothing. I'll try and show a picture off of google

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ImageGallery.aspx?CurImage=14-133-291-Z01&ISList=14-133-291-Z01%2c14-133-291-Z02%2c14-133-291-Z03%2c14-133-291-Z04%2c14-133-291-Z05%2c14-133-291-Z06&S7ImageFlag=1&Item=N82E16814133291&Depa=0&WaterMark=1&Description=PNY%20VCG88512GXXB%20GeForce%208800%20GT%20512MB%20256-bit%20GDDR3%20PCI%20Express%202.0%20x16%20HDCP%20Ready%20SLI%20Support%20Video%20Card

http://www.overstock.com/Electronics/PNY-GeForce-8800GT-VGA-GH8800GN1F26-Video-Card-Refurbished/4676164/product.html

if you can see well enough, (sorry for the poor pics) there are no screws/clips, i tried to look and it does seem to be glued. Is there any way i could remove the cover to clean inside as it would save me having to try and buy a card so soon (im broke atm)

It runs currently at 70 at idle/desktop which im not fond of (it was originally 38/45 when i got it)

Sorry for the long post... so if anyone has any suggestions of new cards for a reasonable price, or how to get into this card it would be appreciated.

The cards i would be looking at, would be the ones with open heatsinks, so i could clean it easily without having to remove things like...

http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=GX-026-C3&groupid=701&catid=56&subcat=938

anyhows, i hope it was posted in the right section, i wasnt sure as its to do with a possible new card / and or cleaning this old one.

Thank you for any replies :)

CaptainYouPlanet
Offline
Joined: 09/24/2010
Posts: 45

If you're having a problem with dust you can buy dust filters and stick them on all of your fans. That should help a lot.

Also, a good upgrade from the 8800GT would be the GeForce GTS 450 or Radeon HD 5770. If you don't mind spending a little more, the GeForce GTX 460 (1GB version) is another option. There's not much improvement going from an 8800GT to a 4850 or GTS 250.

i7 2600k | 8GB RAM | eVGA GTX 460 1GB | 640GB HDD | Corsair HX1000 | CM690 II Adv. | Windows 7 64-bit

lukin80
Offline
Joined: 08/24/2008
Posts: 10

Hey captain, im sorry i didnt reply to this sooner, my pc has come down with a new problem and im currently in safe mode :S im about to write a new post, just wanted to say thank you for replying and am deeply sorry for not replying sooner :S

PPSKevin
Offline
Joined: 07/11/2010
Posts: 38

GTX 460 1Gb nuff said or a 5770 both great bang for the buck, avoid the GTX 460 SE and 768MB models, slower performance on resolutions above 1920X1200. Hope this helps you decide man

lukin80
Offline
Joined: 08/24/2008
Posts: 10

Hey PPSKevin, thanks for the reply. I was hoping to aim for a 5770, however it seems either my mobo or gpu has gone (looking like gpu atm) so i might be pushed into getting a 5760 (i know its worse than my 8800gt, but not by too much)
I play on native res of 1280x1024, do you think that would be ok for games in that res (Aswell as my rig being a 22 gig of ddr2 ram and a e2180) i dont have the cash at the minute for a 5770/460 (in case i need a mobo too) and was trying to get a half decent card that could still game. Ive seen one for £66 so it isnt over 70/80 which would be in the 5750 range. I was worried i might bottleneck an expensive gpu with my current set up. Anyhows, thanks for your advice and hope that i make sense

thanks again for reading.

/Lukin.

Tivon
Tivon's picture
Offline
Joined: 04/26/2002
Posts: 1888

° º ¤ ø . ¸ . ø ¤ º ° º ¤ ø . ¸ ¸ . ø ¤ º ° º ¤ ø . ¸ . ø ¤ º ° º ¤ ø . ¸

Don't test my skills, I was trained by myself! Check out my Gaming Videos!

lukin80
Offline
Joined: 08/24/2008
Posts: 10

Hey Tivon... oopsss... yea i meant the 5670 :P i was even googling at one point with those numbers thinking 'why cant i find this, hang on...' :P

Thanks for the benchmarks there, i have now ditched the idea of the 5670 (£66) I was looking at the 5750's and thought about that, i looked at powercolors, it was £80/85 (the cheapest i could find)But i read a few horror stories on the warranty... sooo i was looking at the Sapphire Vaporx 5750

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/179463

It's retailing at around £93, i really liked the cooler for being able to clean, reach to it. But... this sapphire 5770 is £102

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/189741

I need to ask, what should i go for, as it's only a £10'er more? I really liked the cooler on the vaporx, the cool running of it, but the 5770 is a better card. I'm torn, would the 5750 keep the pace with things (i run 1280x1024) with it being slightly overclocked (i think?)would it still be as future proofed as the 5770? or should i go for the 5770, i wasnt 100% sure how easily it was to clean it, clean the shroud when needed. The 5770 would make my wallet tighter, but its so close, then again the 5750 isnt a shabby card either, not 100% what to go for.

So im not sure, i was pumping for the 5750, but the other one is so close price wise.
ive been thinking and looking at these cards for the past few days :P

Anyhows thanks for reading and any replies :)

/Lukin

Tivon
Tivon's picture
Offline
Joined: 04/26/2002
Posts: 1888

Depends on the games and the benchmarks. The 5770 is mostly 5 to 10% better than the 5750 because of the higher clock speeds. Also the 5770 you have listed is PCI Express 2.1, its backwards compatible with 2.0, but more new.

If it's only £10 more then I'd get it. Does your computer case have a window? Because if no one can see it then it does not matter what the video card looks like. lol. But the question I have is, does £10 mean you can't eat for a few days in order to play games a little faster?

lukin80
Offline
Joined: 08/24/2008
Posts: 10

Hey Tivon, yea i was looking at the vaporx, really liked the look of it, not just because it looked pretty snazzy :P but of being able to remove the shroud and clean inside it, then i saw the 5770, which is more powerful and being only £10 more too.

My computer case does have a window :P i saw the same vapor one of the 5770, but its over £110. The cost of it, £10 isnt too much, i can get it, it's just it might slow down the process of getting a few other things i wanted (new hdd, poss mobo if this one is dodgy) I will be eating so don't worry about that ;)

It was just that a week ago i was going for a 5670 at £60/67, then i put it upto £90 for the nicer one, and now £100 for the even nicer one.

Some of the benchmarks looked pretty good for the 5750, and the price was then pretty close to the 5770 so i felt really torn, on the more power, or the nicer to clean, nearly as powerful.

anyhows thanks for reading and replying :)

/Lukin

Tivon
Tivon's picture
Offline
Joined: 04/26/2002
Posts: 1888

If you play games then get the 5770. If you don't play games all that much but still want to be able to play once in a while then the 5750. Those low-end cards like the 5670 are not worth the money. Makes me angry that even today they will sell cards that can't handle the FPS speeds needed to support the eyecandy options to play games today.