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So i built a new PC not that powerful but good. I have an old nvidia 9600 gt i had it over clocked in my old computer a little too much but currently im using it now but when i play games i look at the temp of the GPU and it reaches 80 degrees celcius and then the monitor shuts off and the video would freeze. so i am guessing the card is over heating and shutting its self down. but either way i want a new card so can someone show me a good ati radeon card PCI E 2.0 thats under 200 bucks.

heres my computer specs:

Mother Board:
Brand ECS
Model A790GXM-AD3
Supported CPU
CPU Socket Type AM3
CPU Type Phenom II

(Note: This board supports CPU up to 140W TDP only)
FSB 2600MHz Hyper Transport (5200 MT/s)
North Bridge AMD 790GX
South Bridge AMD SB750
Number of Memory Slots 4×240pin
Memory Standard DDR3 1333
Maximum Memory Supported 32GB (8GB tested)
Channel Supported Dual Channel
Expansion Slots
PCI Express 2.0 x16 2
PCI Express x1 2
PCI Slots 2
Storage Devices
PATA 1 x ATA133 2 Dev. Max
SATA 3Gb/s 6
SATA RAID 0/1/5/10
Onboard Video
Onboard Video Chipset ATI Radeon HD 3300
Onboard Audio
Audio Chipset Realtek ALC888
Audio Channels 8 Channels
Onboard LAN
LAN Chipset Realtek 8111C
Max LAN Speed 10/100/1000Mbps
Rear Panel Ports
PS/2 2
Video Ports D-Sub
USB 1.1/2.0 6 x USB 2.0
eSATA 1 x eSATA 3Gb/s
S/PDIF Out 1 x Optical
Audio Ports 5 Ports
Onboard USB
Onboard USB 3 x USB 2.0 headers support additional 6 USB ports
Physical Spec
Form Factor ATX
Dimensions 12.0" x 9.6"
Power Pin 24 Pin


Brand AMD
Processors Type Desktop
Series Phenom II X4
CPU Socket Type
CPU Socket Type Socket AM3
Tech Spec
Core Deneb
Multi-Core Quad-Core
Name Phenom II 925
Operating Frequency 2.8GHz
Hyper Transports 4000MHz
L1 Cache 128KB+128KB
L2 Cache 4 x 512KB
L3 Cache 6MB
Manufacturing Tech 45 nm
64 bit Support Yes
Voltage 0.850V-1.425V
Thermal Design Power 95W

Right now i have 2gb DDR 1333 Corsair ram

700watt ocZ Game Xstream PSU

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Unfortunately the power supply isn't very good so I would recommend a lower end midrange card , something like a 4670 would be ok. Wouldn't go into the high end though.

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The brand is fine , however , it's a low end model in the brand. The amperages and the efficiency is low. It's uses several cheaper smaller 12v rails rather then a decent single rail. Sometimes power supplies will combine all their 12v rails amperages into one if other rails are not in use , however those are one higher end power supplies typically and this 60$ power supply most likely will not.

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I've actually got that exact psu, assuming the 600watt model that you linked to is correct, don't like it much, but seems to work ok. Right now it's running FAH on a 9600GSO 24/7. Ran the 9800GT previously, but it's too loud for me, so I picked up another Corsair, much much better power supply. Don't know how far I'd trust it past that though, couldn't see myself running anything higher than the 9800 on it.

Funny thing is, I didn't know it had blue led's until I saw that in a post here.

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im just wondering why does my card now shut its self down when ever i play any games? is it b/c its getting to hot ? should i buy a fan to put in front of the gpu? and what would happen if i were to buy a 4890? whats the worst the cant happen?

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Probably because you overclocked it too much , fried it , and now it can barely stay running.And I imagine the worst that can happen with a 489- would be the power supply burns out because it's not good enough for the card and takes the rest of the machine with it.
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