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Hello I've got an old 8600GT I have in my system now, with the stock heatsink. It's out of its warranty entirely now I believe and with the newly purchased rest of my system.. I feel it's the worst component in my case and restricts my quality settings while Gaming.

I would like to know if it is worth attempting to largely overclock this card with an aftermarket cooler or if it would be best to throw this into my old computer and purchase a new modern midrange card.

What do you guys think?
Any 8600GT owners have stories to tell?


I've had this card but returned it due to it being Overkill and overpriced ($214 @BestBuy)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814133383
This is the exact card I'm using now http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130290
I don't overclock it because under a full load with the stock cooler it reaches 70C-80C In a hot room during the summer with no AC, it will reach over 90C and I will see artifacts.
Edited by Shadow11377 - 8/13/11 at 2:08am
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Just get a new one...
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post #3 of 31
yeah... throw away some more money!

for the cost of your upgrades you could have had a monitor and EVERYTHING!
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Why not just do a suicide run on it devil.gif
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post #5 of 31
New card. Overclocking simply will make almost no difference.

Do lots of homework on whats available, their performance, and snag yourself something new and shiny.

If you give us a price, we will all recommend the best performing card for the money. We are pretty good at that.
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I had an 8600 GTS that I volt modded to 800Mhz back in the day. It took aftermarket cooling of course and back then it was worth it. Now days I would say its not worth it with you having a 2600k unless you just want to do it for the lulz, otherwise just upgrade GPU.

An upgrade would be most beneficial but in the mean time overclock it anyway. smile.gif
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Quote:
Originally Posted by nbmjhk6;14566325 
Why not just do a suicide run on it devil.gif

By suicide run I imagine you mean Overclock it to the point of death..
My reason for not doing so is I have my old PC under my desk as I type this message, and I plan to bring it somewhere else and use the card in that if I end up purchasing a new one.

I have every intention on keeping it, if the time comes when I won't have a use for it I'll probably give it to a friend or family member.
Killing a card that's only been good to you is a pointless waste, now maybe if it were giving me trouble and I hated it I'd kill it but that's not the case here.
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I think your getting bottlenecked if you have a 2600k and a 8600gt lol smile.gif
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post #9 of 31
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Quote:
Originally Posted by ezikiel12;14566337 
New card. Overclocking simply will make almost no difference.

Do lots of homework on whats available, their performance, and snag yourself something new and shiny.

If you give us a price, we will all recommend the best performing card for the money. We are pretty good at that.

I bought a GTX 550 Ti, which was good and apparently outperformed most 560 reference cards, but I returned it to go back to my old 8600. Reason for doing so is because my MMO game times ran out and I'm currently playing Runescape, Diablo II, Minecraft and older games like GTA3 and have absolutely no use for anything that gives me over 200FPS. It was beyond overkill as it brought my framerates, on uncapped games, well over 1,000.

I plan on returning to modern games in the coming months, and I'm willing to wait for the GTX 600 series, but I may want something a bit better than this current performance inbetween the time I start playing them again and the time the 600 series are released and at a decent price.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by phz10;14567192 
I think your getting bottlenecked if you have a 2600k and a 8600gt lol smile.gif

And Windows XP.
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