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As you all see in my system specs, I currently have 8800GT's in SLI, and unfortunatly, one of them just died. Well, not really died just yet, but I am getting a major amount of artifacts with it often.

Current problems:
--current 680i does not let me overclock my Q6600 over 2.6 ghz
--one 8800GT has a DVI connector not working after OS boot, works only for bios
--Other 8800gt just died on me
--PSU is a no name PSU, but it seems to be chugging along well. I was able to get my q6600 to 3.7 ghz a while back with the same psu and a different motherboard
--Case is a horrible no name, I pretty much hate everything about it


What do you all suggest I do? Should I just go for an entire new rig? I personally think that my Q6600 is fine at factory stocks for all games I am running. I do have about $1000 sitting around, but am worrying if it is too early to upgrade my entire rig. I am thinking of just buying a new motherboard for my Q6600, but there are little to no LGA775 motherboards that are good for overclocking other than the UD3P ones, which are near impossible to find for under $200 these days.

I am probably just going to go with buying a single new card, but I would like some opinions. Should I get an entire new rig? Should I just get a new graphic card? If so, which one do you suggest for under $400.

Thanks for your time guys

EDIT: 680i SLI sorry for not putting that in specs earlier, thank you for the very quick replies guys!
Edited by hak8or - 5/1/11 at 5:38pm
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post #2 of 16
GTX560 Ti if you just want to keep on chugging.

If you have 1K ready to go, I'd build a new rig.
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post #3 of 16
What 680i board do you have? LT? LT SLI? SLI?

Flash it to a higher version - thats what I did to get more overclocking options/headroom.. Also, try baking your dying GPU @ ~380*F for 8-9~ Minutes in the ovens with the heatsink and all TIM/Plastic parts as you possibly can remove.
    
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post #4 of 16
Can I have your dead 8800gt ?

I would get a new GPU and wait for bulldozer / ivy. Get a gtx 470 now (<$200 used) best bang for the buck atm imo.
    
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post #5 of 16
Instead of getting a GTX 470, you could pickup a GTX 560. Slightly faster than the 470. Cheaper to.

Also, if you have extra money on the side, just part out your rig and buy a whole new one.
     
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Originally Posted by hak8or View Post
As you all see in my system specs, I currently have 8800GT's in SLI, and unfortunatly, one of them just died. Well, not really died just yet, but I am getting a major amount of artifacts with it often.

Current problems:
--current 680i does not let me overclock my Q6600 over 2.6 ghz
--one 8800GT has a DVI connector not working after OS boot, works only for bios
--Other 8800gt just died on me
--PSU is a no name PSU, but it seems to be chugging along well. I was able to get my q6600 to 3.7 ghz a while back with the same psu and a different motherboard
--Case is a horrible no name, I pretty much hate everything about it


What do you all suggest I do? Should I just go for an entire new rig? I personally think that my Q6600 is fine at factory stocks for all games I am running. I do have about $1000 sitting around, but am worrying if it is too early to upgrade my entire rig. I am thinking of just buying a new motherboard for my Q6600, but there are little to no LGA775 motherboards that are good for overclocking other than the UD3P ones, which are near impossible to find for under $200 these days.

I am probably just going to go with buying a single new card, but I would like some opinions. Should I get an entire new rig? Should I just get a new graphic card? If so, which one do you suggest for under $400.

Thanks for your time guys

EDIT: 680i SLI sorry for not putting that in specs earlier, thank you for the very quick replies guys!
Here's your best option http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-136-_-Product
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post #7 of 16
gtx 560 ti best performance to money ratio
post #8 of 16
you should still be able to do 3.0GHz with 1333FSB......but if you want more power, then hunt down an E8400.....4GHz no problem on that board.....and use only 2*2GB ram
    
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post #9 of 16
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I am most likely going to just get a 560 Ti, as it does seem to be infact the best power to preformance ratio. I will also get a brand name PSU, and a nice one too, since it is pretty much a one time purchase compared to a GPU which is bought new every 2 years or so.

What is the 2x 8800gt in sli roughly equivilant to in todays modern cards?
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post #10 of 16
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Apparently the 460 is most similar to 2 8800GT's in sli

Quick question for you guys though, would a 560 Ti work with my current 680i Sli ?
It is not PCIE 2.0, would the difference from 2.0 and a normal 16x PCIE bandwith be significant enough to cause a drop in FPS?
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