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 Post subject: Upgrade or Replace 8800 GT After One Dies
 Post Posted: Fri Sep 23, 2011 3:01 am 
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After finding this site, I have discovered that one of my GeForce 8800 GT GPUs is dead. I got this computer @ 3.5 years ago and wanted to know if I should replace the dead GPU with another 8800 GT or upgrade to a more updated GPU configuration. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.

I had pretty much written off this computer before I found this site...thanks for all the knowledge & information! :bow:

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 Post subject: Re: Upgrade or Replace 8800 GT After One Dies
 Post Posted: Fri Sep 23, 2011 5:04 am 
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I think it would depend on what you plan on using your 630 for. I have an Nvidia 8800gt for sale if it helps your decision making. I haven't decided on a price but if you'd like to make a reasonable offer its yours.

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 Post subject: Re: Upgrade or Replace 8800 GT After One Dies
 Post Posted: Fri Sep 23, 2011 6:34 pm 
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I use my 630 mostly for MMO & FPS gaming and wasn't sure if a GPU upgrade was going to be needed in the near future anyway...BF3 anyone?

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 Post subject: Re: Upgrade or Replace 8800 GT After One Dies
 Post Posted: Fri Sep 23, 2011 7:50 pm 
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I would upgrade to a AMD 6870 or a GTX 560 Ti if you are looking to play BF3. The 8800 GT's were great in their day....but tech has really changed.

You may also consider overclocking you cpu to give you a performance boost.

Also, if you really do want to play BF3, you will want to install Windows 7. BF3 will not run on Windows Xp from what I was told...

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 Post subject: Re: Upgrade or Replace 8800 GT After One Dies
 Post Posted: Sat Sep 24, 2011 7:22 pm 
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Hope this helps. Minimum and recommended system requirements for BF3.

Source: http://www.battlefield.com/battlefield3/1/beta

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MINIMUM SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS
OS: WINDOWS VISTA (SERVICE PACK 2) 32-BIT
PROCESSOR: 2 GHZ DUAL CORE (CORE 2 DUO 2.4 GHZ OR ALTHON X2 2.7 GHZ)
MEMORY: 2 GB
HARD DRIVE: 20 GB
GRAPHICS CARD (AMD): DIRECTX 10.1 COMPATIBLE WITH 512 MB RAM (ATI RADEON 3000, 4000, 5000 OR 6000 SERIES, WITH ATI RADEON 3870 OR HIGHER PERFORMANCE)
GRAPHICS CARD (NVIDIA): DIRECTX 10.0 COMPATIBLE WITH 512 MB RAM (NVIDIA GEFORCE 8, 9, 200, 300, 400 OR 500 SERIES WITH NVIDIA GEFORCE 8800 GT OR HIGHER PERFORMANCE)
SOUND CARD: DIRECTX COMPATIBLE
KEYBOARD AND MOUSE
DVD ROM DRIVE


RECOMMENDED SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS
OS: WINDOWS 7 64-BIT
PROCESSOR: QUAD-CORE CPU
MEMORY: 4 GB
HARD DRIVE: 20 GB
GRAPHICS CARD: DIRECTX 11 COMPATIBLE WITH 1024 MB RAM (NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 560 OR ATI RADEON 6950)
SOUND CARD: DIRECTX COMPATIBLE
KEYBOARD AND MOUSE
DVD ROM DRIVE

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 Post subject: Re: Upgrade or Replace 8800 GT After One Dies
 Post Posted: Sat Sep 24, 2011 8:13 pm 
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Thanks deando & razoray. I just updated my sig with my laptop info...looks like it will run BF3 if I decide to get it.

As for my 630, I'll probably just replace the dead GPU with another 8800 GT and make sure I kick the fan speeds up. I would like to try overclocking my cpu one of these days...just not too computer savvy.

Razoray, I'd like to make you an offer on your 8800gt that you have for sale but I haven't got a clue on what to offer. I'll check Ebay to see what they're going for & go from there.

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 Post subject: Re: Upgrade or Replace 8800 GT After One Dies
 Post Posted: Sat Sep 24, 2011 10:54 pm 
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Dumping money into an 8800GT is not really worth it IMO. They are outdated. But if you really want another one....by all means help yourself. :D

Do not expect to run BF3 anywhere near higher settings though on either of your machines. You will probably need to turn the AA off and lower settings to get playable framerates.

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 Post subject: Re: Upgrade or Replace 8800 GT After One Dies
 Post Posted: Thu Sep 29, 2011 7:24 pm 
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Playing BF3 was really an afterthought anyways...would've been nice to play while waiting for the Star Wars MMO to be released in December.

I know next to nothing about upgrading my system, but I'd like to learn more. Maybe after the holidays I'll start taking baby steps.

From reading the forums, one route I could take would be to upgrade to Windows 7 and go with the GTX 560 Ti GPU.

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 Post subject: Re: Upgrade or Replace 8800 GT After One Dies
 Post Posted: Thu Sep 29, 2011 7:36 pm 
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satpoolman wrote:
Playing BF3 was really an afterthought anyways...would've been nice to play while waiting for the Star Wars MMO to be released in December.

I know next to nothing about upgrading my system, but I'd like to learn more. Maybe after the holidays I'll start taking baby steps.

From reading the forums, one route I could take would be to upgrade to Windows 7 and go with the GTX 560 Ti GPU.



Yep, baby steps is the way to go ;) Pick up a Maximum Pc magazine and start reading and start trolling the pc forums....before you know it you'll be building your own pc's :cool:

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I know next to nothing about upgrading my system, but I'd like to learn more. Maybe after the holidays I'll start taking baby steps.


If Greg "ball of nerves" Donner can do it, anyone can. :) ...and you think I'm kidding about that? :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Upgrade or Replace 8800 GT After One Dies
 Post Posted: Thu Sep 29, 2011 8:32 pm 
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gdonner wrote:
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I know next to nothing about upgrading my system, but I'd like to learn more. Maybe after the holidays I'll start taking baby steps.


If Greg "ball of nerves" Donner can do it, anyone can. :) ...and you think I'm kidding about that? :lol:



:rofl: You're not kidding:) The first time I buit a pc I was sweating bullets :lol: Good thing I took a shower the next week :rofl:

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 Post subject: Re: Upgrade or Replace 8800 GT After One Dies
 Post Posted: Sun Nov 27, 2011 5:59 pm 
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Just wanted to update you guys on my GPU saga. I replaced one of my dead 8800GT with a used one. All was fine for @ a month, then I started to notice some screen flicker & a little louder cooling fan noise (I know, let me have it..."I told ya so"). Needless to say, I had had enough.

So, after finally taking you guys' advice I purchased a GTX 560 Ti. Holy crap what a difference! Seamless install, super quiet, and awesome performance.

I can't thank you guys enough for the info & advice on these forums and looking forward to upgrading more of my system soon. Thanks again! :D

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 Post subject: Re: Upgrade or Replace 8800 GT After One Dies
 Post Posted: Sun Nov 27, 2011 6:57 pm 
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I guess I'll say it.......we told ya. :rofl:

I am glad its working great now for you. :D

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