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New Graphics Card for Old PC

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#1 urukai


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Posted 26 December 2011 - 07:03 AM

Hi there,

This is my configuration:

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Box;
Asus P5K Deluxe WiFi-AP
OCZ DDR2 2GB PC2-6400 Gold GX XTC 5-5-5-12
Seagate 500GB SATAII 16MB
Seagate 500GB USB
Sapphire HD2900XT 512MB
Tower - Thermaltake Soprano DX Black
Fonte - LC-Power 850W Arkangel V.2.2 140mm
Monitor - Samsung 206BW

A time ago I started having an error called "ATIkmdag.sys" that crashed the computer and put it in bluescreen mode.
From what I understand this is related to the graphics card, and since this one was bought in 2007, I think I should replace it.

I have done some searching and I think that the HD6790 is a good compromise between investment and performance, but when I tried to find a selling site online I came upon different versions of the same card at different prices. Could you help me in differentiating between them and deciding which to buy? thank you!

SAPPHIRE TECHNOLOGY Radeon HD 6790 - 1 GB GDDR5 - PCI-Express 2.1 (11194-00-20G) - 121,5

Powercolor ATI HD6790 1GB DDR5 AX6790 1GBD5-DH - 123

MSI ATI R6790 1024MB GDDR5 - 143

XFX Radeon HD 6790 Graphics Card 1024MB DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 DisplayPort/DVI/HDMI - 124

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#2 DJBPace07


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Posted 26 December 2011 - 01:55 PM

That file is related to the Catalyst driver package, so, having crashes with a reference to that file isn't uncommon even in normally functioning graphics cards. Those cards should all be nearly identical, they have the same VRAM amount and are of the same series. The only thing that should set them apart is the cooling. I doubt any of those cards are overclocked given how they are within a few Euro's of each other.



#3 killerx525


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Posted 27 December 2011 - 02:41 AM

For the crashing, you should try updating your drivers to the latest one.

System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
Games: APB: Reloaded, Hours played: 3100+  System2: Late 2011 Macbook Pro 15inch   OFw63FY.png

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