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Windows 7: Is it fried yet?

26 May 2014   #1
Damian Adelle

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
Is it fried yet?

Hello SevenForums. I have this GPU, VTX Radeon HD4830 512MB GDDR3 PCIe 2.0 card (I know, somewhat outdated), but it has given me almost 4 years of great graphics (I bought it at CompUSA, today TigerDirect in 2010). But right now I'm using the onboard graphics, because a couple of weeks ago, the screen would start to flash and give me white vertical stripes, and then everything would freeze, until I turned off-on the PC again. At first, it would be like 1 time at a day, but now, I can't even pass the boot without having my screen filled with these atrocious stripes, I tried cleaning (but not new paste, it seemed fine, I had used ArticSilver like 1 year ago or so), I tried all the outputs (HDMI, DVI and VGA), and checked for broken/blown capacitors, scratches, burns, anything to give me some clue, but no, if I showed you this card you wouldn't know it's faulty, and I never did O.C., it's good as it is (was?) to me. Last time I checked the temps with the card on, the card wasn't over 60C degrees (I was playing some S.T.A.L.K.E.R. with considerable graphics), so I know it wasn't overheating. Check these pictures of said stripes, although sometimes the screen would show not just lines, but color squares too.
So, is my card already toasted?, and if so, could I get some nice suggestions about a new one? . Thanks.

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26 May 2014   #2

Windows 7 ultimate x64

I would say the life of the card is over. It served you well. It is time to retire it.

What budget you have planned for the new card? I see you have 600W PSU, so that will be fine. Also, what is the main purpose of the new card (gaming, rendering videos or watching HD movies)?
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26 May 2014   #3
Damian Adelle

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit

Hey archer, thanks. Yes, you're right, it's time to put it down, just wanted a second opinion from an experienced user. And I think I would have no more than 100-150$ for this, I don't need the best, bigger and most badass card out there, but just a good one (even a card that's been out a year and a half would suffice). I will mainly use it to gaming and do some graphic work (although I can do that work with my current graphics, so), I would like to run the most recent games, but like I said, I don't need the full 100% settings at maximum. Since I still don't own any HD monitor, I have a couple of regular 15'' LCD monitors, and I been reading about DVI, and how it handles best the signals from the video card than VGA does, but since my monitors are VGA, do you think that, if I use a DVI-VGA adaptor in a new graphics card, I wouldn't get the benefits of the DVI system itself?.
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26 May 2014   #4

Windows 7 ultimate x64

As per your system specs, the mother board you are using has 1 PCI E*16 slot. So, we have to look for a card that can easily sit in the slot and your cabinet. I can think of 2 cards that will be a good choice. The two cards--- if you can find them is the Nvidia 750ti 2g and theAMD r 265 cards. Do to bitminers the 265 is hard to find right now at it 149 price point in stock. The 265 is slightly faster then the 750ti. The 750ti does not need any extra power it gets it power from the pci slot.

Regarding the VGA-DVI adoptor,
1) It depends, nowadays DVI devices include HDCP (High Definition Copy Protection) so connecting a non-HDCP device (your VGA LCD monitor) to a DVI HDCP device, you will get a very low resolution or no colour at all. The reason why HDCP was created is to protect digital video content so if you buy a HD DVD movie, in order to play the movie, the HDCP from the movie will communicate to your HD DVD player (Blu-Ray, etc) and your HD DVD player to your Monitor...each of them have to agree on a communication protocol to identify legal playback at FULL 1080i or 1080p playback. without HDCP, you won't have FULL quality playback.

2) DVI displays pixels much higher than the RGB colours so if certain videos were created to broadcast on DVI to display it to analog RGB will render the image "pixel" like a zoomed in pixel image (but you will still have clarity). The effect is clearly visible in games, eg. playing a Xbox 360 game on a plain analog plasma TV.

Hope this help
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26 May 2014   #5

W7 Pro x64 SP1 | W10 Pro IP x64 | W8.1 Pro x64 VM | Linux Mint VM

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by archer View Post
Do to bitminers the 265 is hard to find right now at it 149 price point in stock.
AMD did make an announcement last week that seeing as they could now supply the demand that prices on cards were dropping again. I deleted the email but I'll see if I still have it hosted on my ISP's server.

EDIT: Found it. Link.
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26 May 2014   #6

Windows 7 ultimate x64

That is indeed a good news.
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26 May 2014   #7
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64

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26 May 2014   #8
Damian Adelle

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit

Thanks everybody for the suggestions. Those are pretty good GPUs, I think I will go for a ATI R9 series card, I guess I'm an AMD guy now. I hadn't idea that they had released even more products now, and they made them in good time!.
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