Oh, how I loved the 8800. I set up a 3rd party cooling system on it which included a dozen small heatsinks, one large one on top and two clip on fans, and it got me through everything I threw at it: Crysis, Skyrim, Left 4 Dead, hours and hours of TF2...
It died on me last week and I've been looking for a suitable replacement. After 6 years, I thought just about anything that was out there would be better. Oh God, I was wrong. I tried cheap- Radeon 6670 - horrible, no comparison to the 8800.
I then tried a Geforce 550 Ti. This is as good or better in most of what I've tried so far: TF2 (as good), Orcs Must Die 2 (as good), Batman Arkham City (better). BUT, then I tried Skyrim and everything is a horrible slideshow. Even lowering the resolution and settings, and the game is unplayable for me.
I was thinking of returning it and trying a 560 Ti (or the soon to be out 660 Ti) but I'm worried about my power supply. It's 375 watts. It had the one cable to plug into the 550, but the 560 requires two of those. And I don't know what the 660 will require out of the power supply.
I can't believe I'm having this much trouble finding a card that as good as the 6-year-old one I just lost...
Any thoughts or suggestions? I'm looking for something to run Skyrim, TF2, Guild Wars II, Torchlight 2 and maybe Diablo III if I ever choose to get back into it.
Other specs on my PC are a 2.40 Quad Core processor, 3 GB RAM and Vista 32 bit OS.