Dead Graphics Card? Can you help?

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Dead Graphics Card? Can you help?

So yesterday I was playing Oblivion and suddenly the screen froze with a vertical pattern. Had to do a hard shut down (press and hold button on computer). Restarted and everything went fine for a bit then it happened again.

Today, it boots but I get a blank screen. Thought it might be the cable so switched to another. Still blank. Switched to the other port on the video card. Still blank.

So I'm guessing it's dead.  Would you agree?  Any other testing I could do to confirm?

I Googled the card to see how much an exact replacement was and I only find used ones.  I don't want a used one.

Can anyone recommend a decent, economical card that would be a good replacement?

The card is an AMD Radeon HD R9 270 2GB GDDR5

It is in my Dell XPS 8700 purchased 4 years ago.

The rest of the specs...


256 GB Solid State Drive

2TB 7200 RPM SATA Hard Drive 6.0 Gb/s

24GB Dual Channel DDR3 1600MHz

Running Windows 8.1

I use this computer for Photoshop and a few games like Oblivion and Skyrim.  That's about it so I don't need the latest and greatest.

Any help/advice greatly appreciated.


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