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Windows 7: New Graphics card?

25 Jun 2010   #1
Dogz

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit
 
 
New Graphics card?

Hello everyone, I am experiencing on some of my games a sort of lag and the screen will flash purple and then resume. Is this a problem with my graphics card or something else entirely. If it is my graphics card what should I upgrade to to replace my Nvidia GeForce 8600 GT. Also in Microsoft Flight Simulator X the Driver failed for some reason causing me to reboot.


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25 Jun 2010   #2
smarteyeball

 
 

Have you recently updated any video drivers, game patches - started playing new games?

Or has it suddenly started to occur with the same games, same drivers etc?

if you've updated your drivers, try rolling back to a previous version.

If it's the latter, it could be the card is on it's way out (have you tried monitoring it's temps with GPU-Z ?)

The card itself it could be overheating due to dust build up, thermal paste degradation, age etc

Another factor could include:

Motherboard is failing.

PSU is starting to fail (judging by the specs, the machine is several years old and has a generic Power Supply that came with the case?)


If it's the card, there will plenty of others that will recommend a replacement card. But keep in mind that if it's a generic PSU, it's most likely a low wattage / AMP so any high end cards would be out of the question without upgrading a few other components as well.
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25 Jun 2010   #3
Dogz

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit
 
 

The drivers have been updated and it is only with a particular game the but I don't want upgrade the mobo yet. although maybe Ill get a new PSU. any suggestions? The mobo hasn't let me down at all yet.
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25 Jun 2010   #4
Kirsch

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Your card should be sufficient to run the game on Medium Settings. Possibly try lowering any anti-aliasing to see if the game runs better.

If it is only having problems with that specific game, before dropping a couple hundred bucks mess around with the graphics settings.
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25 Jun 2010   #5
Dogz

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit
 
 

I found this PSU on Newegg it should be enough. Newegg.com - COOLER MASTER RS-400-PSAR-J3 400W ATX12V V2.31 Power Supply
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25 Jun 2010   #6
Dogz

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kirsch View Post
Your card should be sufficient to run the game on Medium Settings. Possibly try lowering any anti-aliasing to see if the game runs better.

If it is only having problems with that specific game, before dropping a couple hundred bucks mess around with the graphics settings.
I will try that.
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26 Jun 2010   #7
smarteyeball

 
 

Well, if it's game specific - the good news is that it only a driver issue. No need to spend cash when the h/ware is okay.
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28 Jun 2010   #8
Dogz

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit
 
 

Great!!
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