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Offline NZSid  
#1 Posted : Saturday, 20 September 2014 2:22:56 p.m.(UTC)
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I have an unresolved computer issue that I think might be caused by a video card fault. Although I have done 101 tests for one thing or another, I haven't been able to swap the card out to provide some certainty that it's the card at fault. So I thought it might have to just suck it up and buy a new card. Trouble is - I cant afford it right now so would be looking at a cheap card (plus, there's always the possibility that it isn't the card at fault).

So I am looking at GIGABYTE GV-N740D3-2GI GEFORCE GT740 2GB GDDR3 PCI-E3.0 @ $139.95 (solely because it's the cheapest Gigabyte) to replace my Gigabyte nVidia Geforce GTX580 1536MB GDDR5 PCI-E. Would this work for me or would you recommend something else?

Currently the only graphics intensive application I use is this game: https://www.pathofexile.com/

My current set up:

Item: ASUS P8Z68-V LE Intel Z68 DDR3 USB3+SATA3 LGA1155 PCI-E 2 1
Item: Intel Core i5 2500K Sandy Bridge 3.30GHz 6MB 95W LGA1155 3 1
Item: Corsair Hydro Series H60 High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler 4 1
Item: Corsair CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B Vengeance 2x4GB DDR3-1600 CL9 5 1
Item: Intel 320 Series 120GB 3GB/s 25nm SSD Retail Pack 1
Item: Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 32MB 6Gb/s SATA3 7 1
Item: Gigabyte nVidia Geforce GTX580 1536MB GDDR5 PCI-E 1
Item: Samsung SyncMaster S23A350H SA350 Series 23" 2ms LED 1
Item: ASUS DRW-24B3ST 24X DVD Writer SATA 10 1
Item: Corsair HX650 650W Modular Power Supply 11 1
Item: Corsair Carbide Series 400R Black Mid Tower Chassis 12 1
Item: Microsoft Windows 7 OEM Home Premium 64Bit 13 1
Item: Standard Hardware Installation + 2yr RTB Warranty + OS Configuration 14

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#2 Posted : Saturday, 20 September 2014 3:09:25 p.m.(UTC)
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The 740 is considerably less powerful than a GTX 580 and you will really notice the performance drop. But as you mentioned it's the best way to determine the cause of the fault.
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#3 Posted : Saturday, 20 September 2014 5:25:43 p.m.(UTC)
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Which card would you recommend for something comparable to my current card?
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#4 Posted : Monday, 22 September 2014 12:24:50 p.m.(UTC)
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A GTX760 has similar performance to a GTX580 :)
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#5 Posted : Monday, 22 September 2014 2:56:02 p.m.(UTC)
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Ouch ! Guess I am going for the cheap card.

Thanks very much for your help.
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#6 Posted : Monday, 22 September 2014 5:16:08 p.m.(UTC)
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#7 Posted : Saturday, 8 September 2018 2:15:54 p.m.(UTC)
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Some years later ...

They cheap video card I bought is finally crapping out. It was only ever borderline effective anyway.

I now am looking for a new video card for the system in the original post. I can afford a better card now, but given the computer was purchased in 2012 I am not sure if I should be looking at a new computer or a new card. Thoughts?

I only use the computer for email/web-browsing/ path of exile.
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#8 Posted : Monday, 10 September 2018 9:35:36 a.m.(UTC)
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Morning NZSid,


For your system I would recommend going with a GTX1060 as it would offer nice upgrade to what you are running currently as well as being much more power efficent and running much cooler.


All you will require is a spare 6 pin power adapter and you will be good to go :)
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#9 Posted : Tuesday, 11 September 2018 5:31:56 p.m.(UTC)
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Thanks Thomas. I see a 6 pin cable with PCI-E written on it. I will order one of those cards.
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#10 Posted : Wednesday, 12 September 2018 10:36:08 a.m.(UTC)
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