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post #1 of 4
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Hey folks,

Well, it seems I have most likely bricked my 8800GTX since my EK water block decided to leak after being fine for 3-4 days. I'm not 100% sure it's totally dead yet since I can boot up Windows (there's horizontal corruption though)... but until I look into ways of possibly recovering the GTX, I need something to tide me over until I either a) magically recover the GPU or b) can afford a new GTX/Ultra.

I'm looking for something cheap and I mean CHEAP! I'm talking £50-£60 ($100-$120). I know there's a lot of older stuff out there that I could go for but I'd rather get something that might possibly have some 'bang for buck' left, if that's at all possible.... but at the end of the day, I just need to be able to boot up into Windows and use my PC. So I was just wondering whether anyone has any suggestions.

Luckily I have just moved house with my friend and he's still got my old Pressy 3.4Ghz, 2GB DDR, 7800GS+ system that we're going to be using as a Media PC, which I'll be using to play the odd game on etc til I can afford another GTX (I recently build him an E6420 system, so he doesn't need the Pressy).

My Sig-Rig is going to be relegated to 24/7 folding duty til I get sorted.
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Corsair Force 3 128GB 2x Seagate Momentus XT 750GB Corsair H60 Windows 8.1 
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post #2 of 4
OUCH, that hurts! Too bad you can't get eVGA in the UK.

I'm not familiar with the current prices of stuff over there, but if £50 really is $100, then you're limited to a 7600GT.

Just use your friend's comp, I guess.
     
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FX-8350 @ 4.6ghz 1.425v Sabertooth 990FX Zotac GTX 1070 Amp! 32GB (4x8GB) Kingston Fury 1866mhz CL10 1T 1.5v 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Hitachi 2TB - HDS723020BLA64 Crucial M500 960GB - CT960M500SSD1 WD 4TB Black - WD4001FAEX WD 4TB Black - WD4001FAEX 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Seagate 2TB - ST2000DM001 WD 640GB Black - WD6401AALS Seagate 6TB - ST6000DM001 Micron M500 - MTFDDAK480MAV 
Optical DriveOptical DriveOptical DriveOptical Drive
Pioneer DVR-115DBK Samsung SH-S243D/BEBE LG GH22NS90 Lite-On EBAU108 External DVD 
CoolingCoolingCoolingOS
Noctua NH-D15 Fractal Design 140mm Fan - FD-FAN-140 Fractal Design 120mm Fan - FD-FAN-120 Windows 7 
OSMonitorMonitorKeyboard
Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Samsung 2343BWX 23" (2048x1152) BenQ GW2765HT 27" IPS LCD Monitor (2560x1440) Genius Keyboard KB-G235 PA 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Seasonic Platinum 1000w PSU - SS-1000XP Fractal Design Define R5 Steelseries Rival 6500 dcpi Mousepad + Desk 
AudioAudioOtherOther
Onboard Realtek® ALC 892 Cyber Acoustics CA-2992 2.0 Speakers Razer Krait 1600 DPI nGear G-C1601 Card Reader 
OtherOther
Pisen Card Reader Gigabyte M7 Thor 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
VIA Eden C7 1200mhz Jetway J7F4K1G2ES-LF VIA Onboard 512MB PC2-4200 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
A-Data FlashDrive None Fanless Linux 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Headless None 65w Power Brick Antec ISK300-65 
MouseAudio
None Onboard VIA 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Barton XP-M 2400+ FJQ4C Asus A7N8X-E Deluxe 256MB BFG 7800GS OC 2x512MB Samsung PC3200 
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Raptor 74GB/Seagate 120GB Windows 2000 Pro 60hz 17" CRT Brandless PS2 Keyboard 
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post #3 of 4
just buy a used something-or-other off E-Bay.
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post #4 of 4
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Yea, Ebay was always an option... but I'm a little weary about buying used PC components on there, however if it's my only choice for a good deal, it'll do.

I'm really hoping that somehow it's the BIOS that's been corrupted on the GTX. The fact that Windows can't tell that it's a D3D device and the nVidia control panel can't tell what model it is kinda makes me think this.

I'm going to perhaps try and Flash the GTX at some point...
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Intel i5 2550K @ 4.8Ghz ASUS P67 Sabertoorh KFA2 GTX780Ti HOF+ 16GB Crucial Ballistix Tactical Tracer 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
Corsair Force 3 128GB 2x Seagate Momentus XT 750GB Corsair H60 Windows 8.1 
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Iiyama 27" 1440p Roccat Isku Silverstone Strider 1200W  Silverstone Fortress FT101 
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