8800 GTX failing; what to replace it with?

Pegi

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Have a 2-part question and would sure appreciate some help.

1. I think my 2-year-old 8800 is failing. I've noticed occasional graphical anomalies in LOTRO here and there but attributed it to their server (which has had problems lately). After 2 solid months of daily playing, though, I can no longer play. It loads up for a few seconds before freezing and then degenerating into crazy colors. Have to reboot out of it. Loaded up Guild Wars and that will do the same thing; it's not just the LOTRO server. I can however surf the net just fine. Just games are failing. Have tried different drivers with no help (this is winXP). I had had SP3 installed for a few weeks with no problems, but on the offchance that was the culprit I uninstalled that. Still no change. I've used compressed air to blow away all dust and heat is not an issue. Nvidia monitor is showing low 70s when this happens. If a video card is failing, would it only fail in games?

2. If I replace it, much as I'd like a 280, I understand it requires a 6 pin and an 8 pin connector. I have an Enermax Galaxy (1000), which I believe only has two 6 pin connectors. Does a 260 have two 6 pin connectors? Would that be better than my 8800?
 

3far4shot

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Yes, the GTX 260 has two six pins and no eight pins. And it should be way better then your 8800 card.
 

Slyr7.62

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+1 to the 260. It can perform @ least 33% better than most single 8/9 series cards(GX2 excluded). (1/3 faster is a low #, just to say it safe).
 

Pegi

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Someone mentioned to me that I could use an adaptor (which I believe comes with the evga 280) so that I could use the 280 with my existing 6-pin Galaxy but I think I read somewhere that that's supposed to be a "temporary" solution. Anyone have any feedback on this?
 

3far4shot

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Someone mentioned to me that I could use an adaptor (which I believe comes with the evga 280) so that I could use the 280 with my existing 6-pin Galaxy but I think I read somewhere that that's supposed to be a "temporary" solution. Anyone have any feedback on this?

Not sure about that, only the 9800 GX2 has a problem like that with there eight pin(alot cant fit in it so you need to find a compatible PSU or a adapter) But the GTX 280 should be fine.
 

Slyr7.62

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AFAIK, there are dual-4-pin molex to 8-pin-pciE adapters (Idk, but this could come w/ the GTX260/280 card). Bingo: http://www.cwc-group.com/4posuto8atxm.html

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I found this: 6-Pin pcie to 8-Pin pcie 2.0 Adapter Cable: http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=21721

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Pegi

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Appreciate the research. I've done some googling and seems that folks say using the adaptor might underpower the card and/or cause instability issues. Just feel a little leery about it. Guess I'll stick with the 260 for now and play it safe.
 
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