Upgrade graphics card? - Techist - Tech Forum

Go Back   Techist - Tech Forum > Computer Hardware > New Systems | Building and Buying
Click Here to Login
Closed Thread
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 07-08-2008, 03:51 PM   #1 (permalink)
Ultra Techie
darkop16's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: North Carolina
Posts: 553
Send a message via AIM to darkop16
Default Upgrade graphics card?

Im thinking about upgrading my graphics card since the new HD 4870 is only $300. I was planning to wait around Christmas in the hopes that there would be some price drops but there seems to be alot of price drops already.

Also I think my current graphics card is giving out on me. I get weird artifacts in games, such as lines missing (either just blank or replaced with a weird textures like purple stripes) from the loading screens and on maps (in rts's). I don't have any problems on desktop so I guess it's just when the card is tasked. It is not OCed. Ive already tried replacing the thermal compound with as5 and Ive reformatted my computer and installed fresh drivers and defraged all my partitions with no luck. Anyways, I guess Im justifying buying one of these HD 4870 since their so cheap. I can remember paying $450 for my 8800gts 640mb version last year (the beginning of January).

What do you guys think. The HD 4870 would be a nice upgrade or just stick with the 8800gts for now? And the artifacts I can live with. I mean the games don't drop in fps, its just weird artifacts that pop up here and there, but Im afraid the card will give out altogether one day.

Oh, and my sig is slightly incorrect of what I currently have (haven't been here in a while). Ive got a samsung 22" widescreen instead of the two 17"s (using on a lan rig now) and I only use one 250gb hard drive. Sorry about not changing it but I haven't installed the Gimp yet since I reformatted so I can't change it yet.


edit. Nevermind about the sig, I changed it to text.

darkop16 is offline  
Old 07-08-2008, 04:29 PM   #2 (permalink)
Grandfather of Techist

Trotter's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: The South
Posts: 31,388
Default Re: Upgrade graphics card?

Newegg has four 4870s listed, all for 309.99. I just saw a little while ago a pic of the Diamond XOC 4870 here. Seems that non-reference cards are on their way, as well as higher-clocked versions, higher memory versions, and the 4870X2.

It's a good time to be looking for a GFX card, that's for sure... and ATI is really starting to pour it on.

Oh, and it's good to see you back around here.


Antec 300 Illusion / Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W / ASUS GeForce GTX 960 GTX960-DC2OC-2GD5
AMD Ryzen 5 1600 x6 core / MSI B350 Gaming Plus
Samsung 970 EVO 250GB M.2 SSD / WD Blue SSD 250GB / WD Black 750GB / WD Green 1TB
2x4GB DDR4 2400 / Win10 Pro x64
Mionix Naos 7000 Mouse - CM Storm QuickFire Rapid Mech Keyboard

R.I.P. Danny L. Trotter ... 14 Nov 1945 - 4 Sept 2009
Trotter is offline  
Old 07-08-2008, 04:50 PM   #3 (permalink)
Ultra Techie
darkop16's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: North Carolina
Posts: 553
Send a message via AIM to darkop16
Default Re: Upgrade graphics card?

Thanks for the reply.

I was about to place an order for the HIS 4870 (it was up around 2:00pm eastern time), but newegg took it down sometime after I posted here. Sapphire is still out of sock. I guess Ill wait until the HIS version is back up unless someone can vouch for powercool or visiontek.

edit. Sapphire just came back into stock so I ordered it instead.
CPU: e6600 @ 3.2ghz
RAM: 2GB G.Skill HZ PC6400
Mobo: ASUS P5B Deluxe
GPU: Sapphire HD4870
Soundcard: Creative Labs X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty
HDDs: 250GB WD + 750GB WD + 2x1TB WD
Monitor: Samsung 226BW
PSU: OCZ GameXStream 600W
Case: Cooler Master Stacker
OS: XP Professional SP3
Mouse/keyboard: Logitech MX518/Saitek Eclipse II
Speakers: Logitech Z-2300
darkop16 is offline  
Closed Thread

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Updating graphics card driver properly. Help! general.rule Hardware Repairs and Troubleshooting 1 03-25-2008 07:55 PM
graphic card and power supply upgrade question cscaffidi System Upgrades 5 03-25-2008 07:45 PM
Graphics Card Upgrade summits System Upgrades 3 01-03-2008 05:37 PM
Which Graphics card? av8706 System Upgrades 6 12-08-2007 10:58 PM
HELP!!!! I disabled my graphics card by accident, need help!! Wildside Monitors, Printers and Peripherals 5 06-16-2007 06:29 PM

Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:42 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.