Graphics Problem

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Satookey
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Hi

I have a issue with my current PC and i kinda need some opinions on what i could be, i have a idea what i might be but kinda need a second opinions from you guys

During monday my display started to go real funny and started to have blue lines appear horizontally and vertically while booting windows and while in windows, then when using the internet and playing a game, the graphics and display would completly go mad, the graphics would be torn to pieces and the screen would freeze up and ultimatly crash the PC.

ive updated the drivers of the gfx card to the latest but dosent seem to be playing ball atm, im wondering if the graphics card that i have maybe going faulty and possibly time to purchase a new one.

The temperatures of the Card are usually around 50-60 degrees on idle in windows, and when playing a game go to about 65-70degrees

Current PC specs are:

Mobo: Intel DP965LT
CPU: Pentium D 3.4ghz
RAM: 4gig Corsair Dominator DDR2 800mhz
Case: Antec 1200
GFX Card: BFG Nvidia 8800GTX OC, Driver Version 196.21
HDD: WD 750gig Black
OS: Windows 7 64bit

Morse
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sounds like a heat problem. try checking your connections make sure the monitor is plugged in securely and that the card itself is seated properly in the expansion slot. but by the sounds it does sound like temp but those temps arent all that bad, i do nor know the temp thresh hold for the 8800's though i know my 4890 runs around 56c idle and 65c ish max.

Satookey
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ok cool, well i think i may have sorted the issue out, i noticed when it happened again that i had a note coming up saying that the latest drivers had "Failed", so wether theres a issue there i dunno, i switched back to a earlier driver and seems ok.

Now heres the hard part, im possibily gonna get a New card for my Birthday, now i am gonna be on a budget and dont want to spend £300+, (yes i am from england), budget will be about £150-180.

The ones that im sorta looking at are:

BFG GTX260 Maxcore 55nm @£138.96+VAT
EVGA GTX260 216 Superclocked. not sure of price as not in stock

any idea's on which to go for or any suggestions on any other cards on which to potentially get, any input would be fantastic and greatly appriciated.

regards

Scott.

Morse
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who makes your motherboard? and what chipset do you have?

Satookey
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Mobo is Intel DP965LT

http://www.intel.com/support/motherboards/desktop/DP965LT/

it aint the best board in the world, but tbh i cant complain hopefully i can find a better board on ebay at some so theres room for improvment, so dosent matter if its a pci-e x16 2.0 card as ill get a mobo eventually that has that slot.

Morse
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a PCI-e x16 2.0 will work in a standard PCI-e x16 slot yes. so why are you goign with Nvidia? i ask the question about the chipset because its best to match up instruction sets. i dont know whats good on the Nvidia side of things but i have herd good things about the 260 but i have never owned one. so if you buy an Nvidia card i suggest when you buy your motherboard you buy one with an Nvidia Chipset.

Satookey
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yea thats good, although im not 100% decided on a nvidia card, theres a chance i might go for a ati card, just atm trying to work out which ones are good and which ones are not so good.

Satookey
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ok i managed to take a small video of the issues that im having.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iitzb3c6Ldg

Just to update the situation, now having major problems booting into windows 7 getting lines on the screen in bootup, and wont actually boot into windows

Zebben
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Im afraid that the graphics card might be dying on you, ive seen plenty of 8800GTX with the same problem and sometimes it might work if you bake it

Link: http://www.addictivetips.com/computer-tips/fix-your-graphics-card-by-baking-in-oven/

Good luck and check back

//Zeb

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Tiv
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The latest drivers have been doing strange things with the fans on some Nvidia cards. As a result many cards are over heating and burning out. Try older drivers and setup a manual fan speed. Check the fan. It might take awhile to cool the card down.

If that is not the problem then the card might be going bad. Check to see if you can RMA the card with the manufacture.

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tehramen
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http://www.tomshardware.com/news/Nvidia-196.75-drivers-over-heating,9802.html

He's on 196.21, so I don't think it's a driver issue.