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7870 XT Bad Coil Wine - Looking for Possible Replacement

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Hey Everyone.

My 1yr old Sapphire 7870 XT has recently developed some major coil wine. I have quite a few fans in my case and I can hear the wine above all of them running at their respective max RPM. Getting tired of listening to it. I know there is nothing wrong performance wise with coil wine, but I'm extremely iffy on this. As a former car enthusiast, this is like detonation to me.

I'm looking into a replacement card. Going to sell the 7870 XT for $175 and put together another $200 for a grand total of $375. No preference on AMD or Nvidia. $375 is the TOTAL price, not $375+tax/shipping. It should be Price of card + Tax + Shipping = $375 (Just breaking it down for those who don't understand lol biggrin.gif ). Has to be in Canadian prices with a Canadian store/etailer. It should compliment my current build and definite Intel K series CPU in the future, (Plan to buy in Q4 this year). For those who are to lazy too look at my sig, here are my parts (I've omitted non needed info)

FX 6300 @ 4.1 stock Volt
M5A97 R2 Motherboard
7870 XT
128GB 840 Pro
X760 (760w) PSU
8GB DDR3 1600

EK/Dazmode CPU block
Dazmode Res/pump combo
XSPC EX 240mm Rad
XPSC 1650rpm fans
7/16 x 5/8 Red UV Tubing


Fractal Design Arc Midi R2
Multiple 140mm NZXT FZ fans

Edit: I was also thinking about adding said card to the loop after purchase. I would prefure a card with a full cover water block, but I can make due with a GPU only and cover the VRM's with copper memory coolers and ghetto rig a fan to keep em cool. Loop would be link this:

Res>Pump>GPU>Rad>CPU>Rad>Res...
Edited by NexusRed - 4/6/14 at 1:11pm
post #2 of 3
a GTX 770 or AMD 7970 (R9 280x) should be close to that price range, can get them in US for $300

can try to re-seat heatsink on GPU or you can try this- http://www.overclock.net/t/1203636/official-amd-ati-gpu-mod-club-aka-the-red-mod
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With that budget like the other member said, its between the 770 or 280x.

The recent nvidia driver 337.50 did actually boost performance on a few games. 1440p might lean towards the 280x though, not sure with these new drivers but either way your in for a huge boost in performance.
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