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    Good video card?

    Since replacing my power supply didn't eliminate my blue screen problems, the next likely culprit appears to be my video card (this thing has crashed since I had it built two years ago).

    What would be the best video card in the $130 to $180 range for gaming? I don't play particularly high graphic games- more along the lines of Civ V and other strategy games. Right now, I can't seem to get through more than 30 minutes of Civ without a crash.



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    Re: Good video card?

    a raedon 6870 is most likely the best card in that price range. I use one and can play any game on max settings. Can find them on sale for sub $150 at times.



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    Re:Good video card?

    Any preference between that and Nvidia? My current card is a Radeon and the crashing has not impressed me.



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    Re: Good video card?

    It may just be you don't have enough RAM in the computer (not the video card). How much memory does the computer have?



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    Re:Good video card?

    Cooling issue?



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    Re: Good video card?

    4 GB of RAM......my case also has two built-in fans and tons of ventilation. It doesn't seem to matter how large of a map, or how far into a game I am when it crashes. Sometimes I can be just starting out with two units, or into the 20th century with 100. Also crashes randomly while just sitting there, or sometimes when you go to play a youtube video.



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    Re: Good video card?

    Problems like this is why i quit building my own PC. Could be a lot of things. Might be cheaper to swap out the ram first...

    Good luck.


    I was a victim of a series of accidents, as are we all.

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    Re:Good video card?

    Yeah, I'm not doing that again. From what I'm reading, the most frequent locale of the error is associated with the video card, so I'll probably upgrade that and add RAM too.

    That'll put me one motherboard away from replacing everything in it.



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    Re: Good video card?

    I used to blue screen all the time when I had 4gig, but I threw in some more to up it to 6 and its never crashed since. Doesn't mean its your problem, but it was certainly mine. Didn't have the problem with old XP, but Win7 eats up more obviously.



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    Re:Good video card?

    Jumped my RAM up to 12 and played for an hour without a crash. Not holding my breath just yet, but that's an improvement.



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