Following my other recent post in which I suspect that my PNY 9600GT GC is formally deceased, I am thinking of downgrading and replacing to determine whether the GC is definitely the problem. I originally bought the 9600GT so that I could dual boot and use the PC for games occasionally too.... In the 4 years I've had it I have played games only a handful of times, so might as well get something with less wattage, RAM and general oomph.
I've got my eyes on a used MSI 8600GT (passive), and wondered if anyone uses one of these here and could share their thoughts?
My system specs are:
Intel DP35SP mobo
Intel Q6600 CPU
2x2GB Corsair RAM
Would be great if anyone has one of these in a PaQ case, so that I can be confident it will fit ok. But more generally, can anyone tell me whether it takes up two or three slots?
One last thing...... I have not kept up with GCs since building my PC in 2008, and no doubt countless cards have come out since. So if anyone thinks I'd be stupid to go for such an old card, please tell me what modern card you think would be better. Things I need are:
- not too much RAM (because the DP35DP does not re-map memory
- does not generate a lot of heat
- dual DVI
Huge thanks for any advice