Murphy says 'get a new graphics card'!

Discussion in 'DIY Computers' started by ed, Nov 18, 2006.

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    ed Guest

    I was adding a second hard disk to my PC this morning and to make the
    job easier I removed the power lead to the current hard disk and the
    graphics card. When I pulled the lead off the graphics card there
    was a plink and an asprin shaped component fell off the board!
    Looking at the board, the surface mounting looked a bit duff. I ended
    up reattaching the part with a clothes peg! Works for now, but I
    think I need a replacement graphics card.

    So I need a replacement for an ATI 9800 Pro (agp). The current power
    supply is a disappointing 300 Watts. I was thinking of the X1650Pro
    which is also a Radeon.

    Is this a good choice? I'm a bit wary of switching to a geforce card
    as I have heard bad things about switching from ATI drivers, but that
    might just be history/old wives tales.

    Any useful advice would be much appreciated. I'm not sure how long Mr
    Clothes Peg can hang on in there :)
    ed, Nov 18, 2006
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    [ste parker] Guest

    I don't agree, I was weighing up between AGP 6600GT / X1600 Pro for some
    time and went for the X1600 (admittedly partially as my previous card
    was ati), from reviews it was just as capable as the 6600GTs out at the
    time and I was certainly happy with it. Also it was very quiet indeed
    (until it died). I think you can get the 7600GT agp now, which, if I
    was faced with a bare system and wasn't overly concerned about noise I'd
    likely go for. As it is, you can get a DDR3 AGP X1650 Pro from for about £40 less than the (admittedly more capable) AGP
    7600GT which doesn't seem so bad.
    [ste parker], Nov 18, 2006
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    ed Guest

    Thanks for the info. Do you know how the X1650 compares to the 9800
    Pro. I couldn't find a direct comparison but it seemed to be a fair
    bit more powerfull. The main concern I have is the power needed, the
    X1650 uses a smaller die and doesn't seem to be a power hog. I dont
    know about the 7600GT. A couple of years a go 300 Watt power supplies
    seemed fine :)
    ed, Nov 19, 2006
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    ed Guest

    Sweet reasurance, thanks Mike.
    ed, Nov 19, 2006
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    [ste parker] Guest

    That's a bit annoying, I went for the Sapphire X1650 due to being happy
    that their X1600 Pro was barely audible. I'm also buying a Shuttle for
    no good reason to be honest! What CPU do you have in there? I was
    worried about the 250W PSU but all reports seem to indicate it's
    generally fine.
    [ste parker], Nov 19, 2006
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    ed Guest

    Brilliant stuff, thanks for the info.
    ed, Nov 19, 2006
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    Trevor Best Guest

    Mr Clothes Peg, I like it.

    I had something fall off my R9800 pro as well, unfortunately it was the
    heatsink. I replaced with a X800, more powerful and runs fine off my
    Enermax 360W, which is also powering 4 HDDs, 2 NICs & 2 Sound cards and
    a floppy FWIW :)
    Trevor Best, Nov 20, 2006
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    eddy Guest

    That's an impressive amount of hardware :)
    With the figures from John Jordan and your experience, it looks like I
    don't have much to worry about power wise.
    eddy, Nov 20, 2006
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    ed Guest

    Thnaks for the help. I fitted a new X1650Pro last night and it all
    looks good. Using 3D Mark03 the 9800 Pro was 5978 and the X1650Pro
    was 8957 which was also very nice.
    ed, Nov 25, 2006
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