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I have a BFG GTX 280 (OCx to be specific I believe) in a rig with 4gb ddr2 and a 2.4ghz core 2 duo conroe clocked at 3.2, running vista 64. For more details check "Tempest" in my sig.

Long story short, the 280 is dying. I need to either fix it (don't know if thats even possible) or get something new.

If I replace it, want something at least as good as what I will be replacing. To the best of my knowledge, they no longer sell 280s, and I really have NOT been keeping up to date on GPUs since there has yet to be a game released that makes me need anything more than a 280/295 (my current cards) for 1920x1200.

Give me some suggestions for replacement cards that are AT LEAST as powerful as an overclocked 280. Beyond that, I want the best thermal and electrical efficiency. I do not want to overload the somewhat lacking PSU or cooling capacity of this aging system. Nvidia would be nice as I do fold on this rig 24/7 when I don't have anyone over (and when I do, its their gaming rig), but if there is an AMD offering with significantly more power/efficiency or similar or lesser price, I'm willing to switch back to the red side.

IF I can fix this, how would I do it? I suspect the only possible solution is backing but I have no idea how that works or if it has any possibility of solving this issue.

If you need further information on the way the gpu is failing, check this thread.

Thank you!
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Wait for it to completely die, then bake it

Or bake it now. May save the card, may kill the card, may have no effect
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Wait for it to completely die, then bake it

Or bake it now. May save the card, may kill the card, may have no effect
Well I cant use the rig to fold or to game so its pretty much 100% useless atm. My main rig is still fine and if someone needs to check their email or something while at my house and im using my main rig, they can just use the HTPC or the server rig...

So.. only possible way to save this card is to bake it eh? Guess I need to figure out how to do that.

Also... any suggestions for a replacement if baking dun work?
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I checked your other thread,what I dont understand how come it worked when you log in with your second account ? Did you try any games while logged in to that second account ?
Also,you probably already did this,but when you install new os you need to first install drivers which came with your mb,and then nvidia drivers.
I am saying this only because I had similiar problem when I installed win 7. Screen would show complete garbabe as soon as win 7 starts. So I was freaking out thinking my gpu got damaged or something.So then I found cd which came with my mobo,installed those drivers and problem solved.
Just something you might have overlooked.
As for your upgrade question,I would go with nvidia 560 ti.Best bang for the buck.Around 30 % faster then your 280,yet only around 250 $
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Pre-heat oven to 385*F.
Place GPU, with heatsink and all stickers and all you can possibly take off, off. This includes TIM, on top of little balls of foil, on top of a pan with no holes in it, GPU side down, into the oven for 10 minutes.
Remove after 10 minutes.
Let air-cool.
Reassemble card.

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I checked your other thread,what I dont understand how come it worked when you log in with your second account ? Did you try any games while logged in to that second account ?
Also,you probably already did this,but when you install new os you need to first install drivers which came with your mb,and then nvidia drivers.
I am saying this only because I had similiar problem when I installed win 7. Screen would show complete garbabe as soon as win 7 starts. So I was freaking out thinking my gpu got damaged or something.So then I found cd which came with my mobo,installed those drivers and problem solved.
Just something you might have overlooked.
As for your upgrade question,I would go with nvidia 560 ti.Best bang for the buck.Around 30 % faster then your 280,yet only around 250 $
Yeah i installed mobo drivers and such. As stated in the other thread, the rig had been running for about 5 years without any issues prior to this. Exact same setup including the OS.

It worked in the other account because the other account had windows areo theme disabled. Windows Areo uses the video card to render windows and such as 2d objects within a 3d environment. Therefore upon loading into the account that uses it, the gpu switched to 3D mode and got screwed up... Or so I have guessed.

The 560ti is a bit expensive for what I'm looking for, as this rig is just used for folding and for my friends to game on with me. Is it particularly energy/heat efficient? If not, is there a cheaper/more efficient solution that will still match or best the 280's performance?
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Pre-heat oven to 385*F.
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Remove after 10 minutes.
Let air-cool.
Reassemble card.

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GPU side down? As in the side with all the little capacitors and ram chips and other bumpy things being faced down? Wouldn't that make it somewhat wobbly and not flat? Or is that not an issue?
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GPU side down? As in the side with all the little capacitors and ram chips and other bumpy things being faced down? Wouldn't that make it somewhat wobbly and not flat? Or is that not an issue?
Thats why its on the little foil balls, to elevate it...
    
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this happened to me before with my gtx 460
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Thats why its on the little foil balls, to elevate it...
Oh I see. I'll give this a try once I have some ideas for a replacement (I don't want to brick the card before I know what to replace it with. Not that I NEED the computer to be operational at all, but I would prefer it not to be completely dead for a few weeks if you know what I mean.

Thanks buddy.

Any suggestions for a replacement?
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