Re: Upgrade parts time for me what should I buy first Video card? Memory? etc
Removed the 6600GT and cleaned the dust as much as I could without taking it apart(needs a fine philips screwdriver). I also cleaned the elec contacts as well. Only blew dust out of the MOBO slot at this time, because I am looking for things to clean that slot w/rubbing alcohol or paint thinner-acetone. What to put in there that will not leave strings fibers behind? Coffee filters come to mind right off hand with rubbing alcohol.
Have you removed and reseated the 6600GT video card to see if this helps?
Did you inspect and clean the electrical contacts on the video card and the motherboard's pci-e slot?
You should swap the 6600GT and the 8800GTS video cards to help determine if the 6600GT is defective.
Be sure to unplug your system from the wall outlet before removing or installing any hardware.
Yes I can swap the 8800GTS card in there for a quick test as well. I will have to uninstall the 175 drivers (which I have for 3Dmark06 on both systems (may not be exact same driver on both systems but its close) Then reinstall with the different card for proper configuration correct? I am pretty sure its the grapphics cards fault as I do remember other problems in the past that I thouhgt were memory problems. Thus the reason for the upgrade to muskin memory.
Yes the old question which card is better for your present needs eh? Well after having a 8800GTS blowing tons of hot air in my case and out the back, I do wonder, if I would be better served with a Radeon 7770 graphics card this time. Sure its close to the bottom of the barrel, but it does have a new chip "Cape Verde" (that is not fully utilized I know) It will serve the purpose of the backup PC at this time. This purpose is to turn and work faithfully, use minimal power, and support Direct X11.0. and do some light games and play movies-TV.
A quick web search shows that HD7770 video cards sell for $120 - $160 and Nvidia GTX 550 Ti cards are in the same price range.
Newegg has several GTX 560 (non-Ti) video cards with rebates that lower the final price to this price range.
Read web reviews to see which card will best meet your needs and offers the best overall performance.
Last edited by MadMax2911; 08-06-2012 at 03:08 PM.
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BUILD #2 GA-EP45-DS3R [Rev1.0] BIOS Flashed F11e CPU=INTEL Core2 Quad Q8200 Yorkfield-4M LGA 775 with Mugen2 cooler RAM= Mushkin 996599 link 2 x 2GB Hard drive=Seagate3500320AS DVD=HP dvd1160i OS=Win 7 SP1 64 bit Video=BFG 8800GTS OC edition CASE=Thermaltake Tsunami Dream P.S.=Antec TP3-650
Build #3 GA-EP45-UD3LR__rev 1.0__ BIOS F11 CPU Core2 Duo E8400 3.157GHz WMugen2 Cooler Power Supply: Antec EA-500D 500 W RAM: Corsair 2 GB Hard Drive: WD 160 GB OS: Win XP SP3 Video: MSI GTS450 2GB