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#1 icttech

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Posted 02 September 2009 - 05:56 PM

Hi - I'd like some advice, please, on replacing a dead graphics card on a 4-year old pc, but find the range of alternatives quite overwhelming.

In the last 6 months, I have had 2 graphics cards fail on me (the original card was replaced with an identical, used version) - in both instances the fan failed.
The first time the pins securing the heat sink had melted, lifting it off the chip!
Second time, I noticed something was amiss when strange patterns appeared on the monitor - the fan was barely spinning - it was on it's way out too.

So, I cleaned and oiled the fan (using a drop of light watch oil) but I guessed the damage to the card was already done, as the image it produced was overlaid with checkerboard-like patterns.
I tested it with both another DVI and a VGA cable, but same thing. The pc is not in a dusty or hot environment.

I cannot afford to replace/upgrade any other bits on the pc (spec follows), but I urgently need the pc back in action.
I'd like to replace the GPU with a newer model, preferably with better performance and reliability, and that costs no more than 50 UK sterling.

I'm not after eye-popping gaming performance, with bells and whistles, as I mainly use it for Office, browsing, viewing DVD's and a few graphics-light games, so a better version of the old card would be fine.

But no more second-hand ones for me!

It must be a PCIe card with DVI & VGA outputs - anything above that is a bonus.

PC spec:

Model: Evesham Axis 64 MKR, running XP SP3, Avira, Comodo etc, etc
CPU: AMD Athlon 64 2.0Ghz
Mobo: eveshamvale MS-7125 1.0
RAM: 2GB (up from 512MB)
HDD: 250GB
GPU: ATi RADEON X700 256MB PCIe
PSU: 300W

Hope that's enough info for someone to list some affordable alternatives.

Thanks.

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#2 DJBPace07

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Posted 02 September 2009 - 09:58 PM

There are some alternatives, your power supply will be a limiting factor since it is not very powerful.

Gigabyte HD 4350 512MB GDDR2 VGA DVI HDMI HDCP PCI-E Graphics Card - A very simple card that can handle most tasks well. This card is in the newer Radeon 4 generation. It requires a 300W PSU.

PowerColor HD 3650 512MB DDR2 DVI VGA TV Out PCI-E Graphics Card - This is an older card that runs faster than the previous card, but is of an older design.

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Posted 05 September 2009 - 01:43 PM

Many thanks for that advice.

e-buyer strikes again: 35, next day delivery, and it's now fitted and working.

Thanks again.




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