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Windows 7: Upgrade: EVGA 450 GTS to EVGA 740 GT

26 Jan 2017   #1
Deviancy

Windows 7 64bit
 
 
Upgrade: EVGA 450 GTS to EVGA 740 GT

I mentioned in another thread how I was getting random flickering green pixels on my screen, always in the same place, I was also getting 2 black dots trailing behind the mouse pointer. To try and resolve the issue I first uninstalled the pre-existing Nvidia drivers using DDU and CCleaner and then I installed the latest (December 14th) Nvidia drivers. Doing so got rid of the two black dots trailing behind the mouse pointer but not the intermittent green pixels. The intermittent green pixels do not show up in screenshots but anytime I'm on a dark screen I can see them flickering, there's about 3-4 on the right side and 4-5 on the left side.

After trying the driver issue I then ordered a new DVI cable which seemed to solve the issue, for like four days. Well that was a few months ago and I finally caved this week and ordered a new BenQ monitor, and I gotta say, I loved the picture quality but the intermittent green pixels were still there so I returned the monitor.

I posted my PSU voltage specs on the other thread if anyone wants to check them out, a few have already said they are within spec so all I can think of now is that it is the GPU. To be fair, I am noticing green and red lines on the left edge or top of the screen whenever I play TMNT: Mutants in Manhattan or Transformers: Devastation. I don't notice the issue with Skyrim but I play Skyrim in Windows mode with a mod that makes it look like full screen mode (I do this because I get C+ errors if I play the game in true full screen mode for whatever reason).

In short, I think its time for a new GPU but I'm on a super tight budget so I can't afford a 750 GTX but I can afford the EVGA 740 GT with 2 DDR5 gigs of ram. I'm just curious if its a significant upgrade from the 450 GTS or just a marginal upgrade. The 450 GTS only has one gig of DDR3 memory so memory wise it is an upgrade but when it comes to the other specs, lets just say I'm not a GPU expert. I'm not a hardcore gamer, like I said, I play Skyrim without the high def mod and games like TMNT: Mutants in Manhattan and Saints Row IV. I just want to still be able to be able to play those games still, get a slight upgrade, and get rid of those damn flickering green pixels.

This is the GPU I'm currently looking at..

EVGA GeForce GT 740 02G-P4-3747-KR 2GB 128-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 Video Card - Newegg.com

I'm an EVGA guy since the current 450 GTS is an EVGA and it worked solid for 5 years without any issues until coincidentally, the plumber knocked out the power when running some pipe cleaner, think it may have spiked the GPU. Back in the day I used to go with PNY but their cards would last me a year before the fans started to go bad, and then I tried ASUS and MSI and they lasted about two years.

I have a little time to kill before ordering since I have to wait until the refund clears on the monitor before I can order the GPU so I figured I'd ask here, and I'll probably call the techs who built this PC five years back what they recommend as well. Any help would really be appreciated since like I said, I'm on an uber tight budget and still have car issues to fix. Plus, I'm hoping to build a new PC at the end of spring or summer so shelling out a lot for a pricey GPU wouldn't be worth it since if I do go that route, this PC will become the "backup" pc. I usually have a back up but the last back up died 2-3 years ago thanks to another PC shop forgetting to apply thermal paste to the CPU.


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26 Jan 2017   #2
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Ok mate now the card looks pretty good to me and a good price too. As I am not a great expert I might just ask for some help on this one but I do think the DDR5 upgrade will make all the difference.
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26 Jan 2017   #3
Mellon Head

Win 7 Pro x64/Win 10 Pro x64 dual boot
 
 

It's a good step up from your current card with the larger number of CUDA cores and better GRAM. The 740 you linked should be a solid card.

I know that you're on a tight budget, but if you can find $15, you might want to take a look at this one:

EVGA GeForce GT 740 Superclocked DirectX 12 (feature level 11_0) 04G-P4-2744-KR 4GB 128-Bit DDR3 PCI Express 3.0 Video Card - Newegg.com

With 4 GB of GDDR5, you'll get a little bit better performance out of it (you might even be able to run Skyrim with the hi-def mod). It might run a little bit warmer because of the smaller heatsink, but the difference in performance will be worth it, IMHO.
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26 Jan 2017   #4
Deviancy

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Mellon Head View Post
It's a good step up from your current card with the larger number of CUDA cores and better GRAM. The 740 you linked should be a solid card.
That's good to hear, I just hope it fixes the issue I'm having with the blinking green pixels. As I said, I already wiped the nvidia drivers, tried a different dvi cable, tried a different dvi cable port, and tried another monitor, so I'd assume that just leaves the GPU.

As for the one you recommended, New Egg was the only retailer offering the card for cheap and they're out of stock, the other retailers want 30-40 more for the card.

I'm not too upset, I'm already kind of going over budget by spending 100 for the 740, if I decide to get the 740 this week. I still have to wait until my refund from Walmart goes back into my account. And like I said, my two biggest concerns would be getting rid of the flickering green pixels and having a GPU that runs the games I currently run. I'd say Saints Row IV is the most demanding game I play system wise, it tends to heat up my I5 to around 62c, while TMNT: Mutants in Manhattan tends to max out at around 45c and Skyrim is roughly the same.
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27 Jan 2017   #5
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

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28 Jan 2017   #6
Mellon Head

Win 7 Pro x64/Win 10 Pro x64 dual boot
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Deviancy View Post
As for the one you recommended, New Egg was the only retailer offering the card for cheap and they're out of stock, the other retailers want 30-40 more for the card.
Yeah, that's interesting. When I looked and suggested that card, Newegg had it in stock and it was $116.95 USD. Now it's sold by an Asian company for $50 more. Unfortunate.
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28 Jan 2017   #7
Mellon Head

Win 7 Pro x64/Win 10 Pro x64 dual boot
 
 

Hey everybody! Look at the price in Canada:

EVGA GeForce GTX 750 Ti with G-SYNC Support 2GB GDDR5 128 Bit, Dual-Link, DVI-I, HDMI, DP Graphics Card (02G-P4-3751-KR): Amazon.ca: Computers & Tablets

Don't you just feel lucky now? I don't know why there is such a price disparity between Amazon.com and Amazon.ca. Computer parts are right out to lunch when it comes to pricing at Amazon in Canada. And it's not just the difference in the dollar. Some of their prices are nothing short of gouging.

[/end of rant]

Back on topic:

@ Deviancy:

The card that Thrash linked is better than the one that I linked. If you can find the money in your budget, it's worth considering.
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28 Jan 2017   #8
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Yes mate I would go with what Thrash Zone has linked and I don't know much about MSI stuff only that they do a lot of gaming machines and devices and this is exceptional value
MSI GeForce GTX 750 Ti DirectX 12 N750 Ti-1GD5/OC 1GB 128-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 Video Card - Newegg.com but again I am no expert like the others.
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28 Jan 2017   #9
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ICIT2LOL View Post
Yes mate I would go with what Thrash Zone has linked and I don't know much about MSI stuff only that they do a lot of gaming machines and devices and this is exceptional value
MSI GeForce GTX 750 Ti DirectX 12 N750 Ti-1GD5/OC 1GB 128-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 Video Card - Newegg.com but again I am no expert like the others.
Hi,
Interesting the one you posted has a recommended power supply of 400w
It's actually new and cheaper from evga's website too
EVGA - Products - EVGA GeForce GTX 750 Ti - 02G-P4-3751-KR

EVGA - Product Specs - EVGA GeForce GTX 750 Ti
The one I posted recommends a 300w minimum :/
The one I posted is a 2gb card the msi is a 1gb :/
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28 Jan 2017   #10
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Yep mate I saw that too about the 1GB shame really but I ws thinking of the OP's budget more than anything.

Thing is I really don't know much more about graphics cards apart form the amount of memory and bandwidth or MSI stuff for that matter. Myself I like the Asus cards but mine are just the bog standard GTX 650 and 650 Ti in the deskies.

Having said that folks in the US are spoiled for choice buying from sites such as Newegg as prices out here are in general much more than what Newegg and Amazon quote. We actually have a Newegg site but the shipping is a killer form the US and Amazon well just don't have a site here.
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