My video card just died

#1 Posted by Time_Lord (714 posts) -

So my video card just died a Radeon 5870 any sugetsion for what to replace it with? it was a good card lasted me about two years. i want to spend about 200 to 300 on a card any advice would be good.

#2 Posted by Inkerman (1450 posts) -

Oh dam! I have a 5870, about the same age, any idea what caused it? Tom's Hardware suggests the Radeon 7870 for $290.

#3 Edited by Giantstalker (1601 posts) -

Any Nvidia 670 card, I've had several bad experiences with ATI/AMD cards in the past.

EDIT: Did not notice your price range, go for a 660 instead. Almost as good, considerably cheaper.

#4 Posted by PillClinton (3291 posts) -

GTX 660 Ti for $300-$330, depending on brand, overclock, etc. Just came out, it's really good.

#5 Posted by Time_Lord (714 posts) -

@Inkerman: it was coming up with an error , video card drivers are corrupted and sucsefully recovered it was doing this for a month or so then today bsod and is no longer reconized on my machine. Even after re installing the drivers etc so I might try the card you recommended I plan to build a new pc when the next lot of consoles launch which will be awesome.

#6 Posted by ze_ro (181 posts) -

GTX 670...or the 660 Ti if you don't wanna take the extra step

#7 Posted by Asurastrike (2165 posts) -

The Geforce GTX 660 TI just came out and it's supposed to be the "sweet spot" card. I'm planning on getting one this friday. They range from 299 to 329.

#8 Edited by Sticky_Pennies (2019 posts) -

660 Ti. The highest-performance one is the Gigabyte brand card with the "Windforce" cooler.

I should also mention that NVidia is doing a promotion where if you buy a 600-series card you get Borderlands 2 for free. Pretty neat.

#9 Edited by PillClinton (3291 posts) -

@Asurastrike: Check out Gigabyte's 660 Ti OC. I actually just bought one myself. It's got a pretty substantial base overclock and a big but quiet cooler. In Anandtech's tests with three 660 Ti's it consistently got some of the highest performance numbers and lowest noise and temperature levels.

@Sticky_Pennies: Ha, you said it before I did. ;P And yeah, that Borderlands 2 offer is pretty cool.

#10 Posted by AiurFlux (902 posts) -

GTX 570. The price on them has fallen below the 300 dollar range and they're really good cards. If you have to get an AMD then you could probably get a good 6000 series card for under 300 as well. Although I will say this, nVidia has better driver support. My buddy bought RAGE when it first came out and I saw how terrible the driver support was for AMD. Things like that shouldn't happen. Ever. At all.

#11 Edited by MordeaniisChaos (5730 posts) -

@Time_Lord: I agree with everyone else: Absolutely get a 600 series GPU. I'd suggest a 670 if you want to keep up with the next generation, it's worth the extra price. A 680 would probably be overkill. A 660ti would be good for you too though, as long as you make sure to get an SLI capable mobo you'll be able to make it last real long with a pretty cheap upgrade in several years.

Also, I'm glad my 5770 hasn't totally died yet. It was used by a friend when I bought it a couple years ago, and has been barely scraping by this whole time. Luckily, my new build is going to smoke this one, a GTX 680 with lots of equal components and SI capability for the future, so I'm soon going to be relieved of my shitty card. Now is a great time to need a new video card, because seriously, the 600 series is amazing. Quiet, cool, and a lot of raw power, plus some really cool features you will never see on an ATI card, not to mention MCH better driver support and way fewer compatibility issues.

#12 Posted by Asurastrike (2165 posts) -

@PillClinton said:

@Asurastrike: Check out Gigabyte's 660 Ti OC. I actually just bought one myself. It's got a pretty substantial base overclock and a big but quiet cooler. In Anandtech's tests with three 660 Ti's it consistently got some of the highest performance numbers and lowest noise and temperature levels.

@Sticky_Pennies: Ha, you said it before I did. ;P And yeah, that Borderlands 2 offer is pretty cool.

It's been in my Amazon shopping cart since the 16th, but I don't get paid until this friday. lol

#13 Edited by Tsoglani (585 posts) -

For that price I suggest the HD7850 or 7870, or for Nvidia the 670/680. I have a 7850 and it has been good to me so far, and is also very easily overclocked so it performs nearly on par with the cards above it.

Most problems I have heard of regarding the 7800 series has been driver issues, but I have had none since updating to CCC drivers 12.6, and apparently 12.7 will be even better for the 7800 series.

If you can afford to spend a little more though I would probably go the 7970.

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