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Old 10-10-2010, 09:23 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So I got one of these and I realized why it was so cheap

Tonight while playing SC2... I noticed my temps shot thru the roof (like 148F) and my fan was only at 10%... even after I tinkered with it, it was still running hot, and slowing the game up when it got intense.

Long story short, I want a new GPU...

1. It has to meet a 550W power supply... preferably a little less. I do have a PCI-E power hook up on it's own rail. I don't want a complete wattage hog, but a little would be alright. My CPU is my other power hog at 125W.
2. Has to be under $200
3. I prefer GeForce
4. 1GB or greater
5. Must have a good heatsink/fan(s)
6. PCI-E 2.0 x16
7. SLI ready is not a must because my MoBo does not support it.
8. GeForce GT(X) 200 series or higher.

Thanks for the help Specs are below.
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Old 10-10-2010, 09:38 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Maybe a GTX260....they are very good cards.
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Youre issue is the heat, not the card. The 240 is alittle wose than the 9800 series, they had 112 shaders.

You've got barely any cooling./ I'd suggest rigging up a fan to the heatsink to cool it off.

If you just have to get a new card, and want a nvidia, a gts 450, or a gtx 460 786meg. Unless you're gaming on a huge screen, 786meg is more than enough.

I'd still lok into better cooling.. have you used evga precision to boost your fan speed?
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Newegg.com - EVGA 768-P3-1360-TR GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 768MB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

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I think anything is gonna be better than a 240 and with a 550w envelope to meet in a single card solution you can have practically anything.

460 or 450 will be great cards.
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Sorry, Hero, but EVGA's 460's only have two year warranties on them.

I would go with this one:
Newegg.com - SPARKLE SXX460768D5NM GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 768MB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
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It depends on what model you get. If you notice certain models may seem the same but may be 5-10 bucks more. Thats because they have the limited lifetime warranty on them.

For instance out of these 3 models on Newegg 2 are SC. Out of the 2 SC one is 2 year the other is limited lifetime.

Newegg.com - Computer Hardware,EVGA,Desktop Graphics / Video Cards,GeForce GTX 400 series,768MB
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I think anything is gonna be better than a 240 and with a 550w envelope to meet in a single card solution you can have practically anything.

460 or 450 will be great cards.
The 240 bisn't a bad card.... Its bassically this years 9800gt card, but Why buy a new card, if fixing the heat issue will let it work.

The 240 should play star craft okay. So unless the OP really wants a new card, 10 bucks on a better fan most likely will solve the playability.
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The 240 bisn't a bad card.... Its bassically this years 9800gt card, but Why buy a new card, if fixing the heat issue will let it work.

The 240 should play star craft okay. So unless the OP really wants a new card, 10 bucks on a better fan most likely will solve the playability.
I agree but he asked for a new GPU lol. We answered.
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I agree but he asked for a new GPU lol. We answered.
Yup... I know the fan is a simple fix, but I'd rather have a new card. I figured I'd get rid of this one somehow and put some good money into a nice quality GPU so I don't have this same issue in the future
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