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Monitor OR PCI-E Slot OR Graphics Card Problem??

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September 24, 2013 2:59:41 AM


specs:
asus p8b75
i3-3210
gskill ripjaws 4gb ddr3
seasonic 520w psu
acer X193HQ monitor(VGA)
creative speakers 2.1
no graphics card
long post but plz do give it a read :) 
i upgraded my old system to this one only 6 months ago except the monitor and the speakers,i also had bought a Gigabyte GTX 650 OC 2gb gddr5 graphics card,,but i noticed a constant annoying visual interference which only intensified while playing games,,also the graphics card didnt deliver the performance it promised(only 1366x768 resolution gaming),witcher 2 ran on low settings,most wanted 2 on medium(with unstable frame-rates) and etc,,then after a few days the system wont start,,so i took it to a local and he told that the graphics card caused it,,then he opened up the graphics card and reattached it,,then after he reseated it,the system was able to boot but the visual interference problem stayed on,,so without further ado,i returned it and got the money back.
Now,normally,this would suggest that the graphics card was faulty,but i am not sure.I had a HD 3450 in my old system,,it started showing the same visual interference problems(albeit a little compared to this one),but after a few months it disappeared or wasnt as visible as it used to be,anyway i stopped noticing it.
i created another forum (http://www.tomshardware.com/answers/id-1810737/graphics...) in which a guy said the problem maybe is a broken PCI-E slot.
Another thing i almost forgot to mention,the visual interference only happened while the monitor was connected to the GTX 650,,now i am using it w/o a graphics card and the monitor is connected to the mobo and there is no visual interference whatsoever.PLEASE REFER TO THE ABOVE FORUM FOR DETAILS,IT WILL HELP YOU UNDERSTAND MY PROBLEM BETTER.an important part from that forum-"i took my system(not the speaker and monitor) to a friends house and plugged his CRT monitor in it and surprisingly there was no interference,,so i took my system to a local along with my monitor and there it showed very little interference(not visible to his eyes),,he told me the problem would disappear after some days as the graphics card will get more used up"

So here i am sitting at a complete loss as to what is/was the problem,,Graphics card,Monitor or PCI-E slot,,so someone plz help me out here,,i will be really obliged B) Thank you for taking your time to read this
September 24, 2013 3:58:10 AM

Part of the problem is that your issue is intermittent. However, in general:

1. If the problem disappears after swapping monitors then the problem is the first monitor.

2. If the problem appears on TWO different monitors then the problem is inside the PC.

3. If the problem is inside the PC it's almost definitely the graphics card itself. If the PCIe connection was problematic you'd probably have much worse problems.

Troubleshooting:
Try a different graphics card, or onboard graphics. If the problem goes away it's a defective graphics card likely.

Other:
There's no "settling in" period for a graphics card. That makes no sense. If there's graphical issues then there is a defective part, though again your issue might be INTERMITTENT. If there's a problem however, it's unlikely to go away by "getting used to it", it will likely just get worse.
October 6, 2013 1:05:26 AM

photonboy said:
Part of the problem is that your issue is intermittent. However, in general:

1. If the problem disappears after swapping monitors then the problem is the first monitor.

2. If the problem appears on TWO different monitors then the problem is inside the PC.

3. If the problem is inside the PC it's almost definitely the graphics card itself. If the PCIe connection was problematic you'd probably have much worse problems.

Troubleshooting:
Try a different graphics card, or onboard graphics. If the problem goes away it's a defective graphics card likely.

Other:
There's no "settling in" period for a graphics card. That makes no sense. If there's graphical issues then there is a defective part, though again your issue might be INTERMITTENT. If there's a problem however, it's unlikely to go away by "getting used to it", it will likely just get worse.


1.when i had the graphics card,i took my system to a friend's and plugged it in his CRT monitor,there it didnt show any interference.

2. then i took my system to the local(whom i mentioned earlier),along with my monitor,,there it showed less interference than in my home(which the local couldn't see,but it was definitely there),,the only difference is he used his own UPS and his own wire for my PSU,but i dont think my UPS and my PSU wire are the problem?

so what do you think?? PLZ reply
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October 6, 2013 4:30:55 AM

I don't know what to tell you other than to swap parts.

You've sort of ruled out everything though by having the monitor work with a different GPU and your entire PC work on your friends monitor.

Perhaps you have an issue with your wall power, or perhaps you have a problem with the PCIe slot which is intermittent and may work when you move your PC.

Your problem still exists in your own house so other than swapping parts in that environment I simply have no further advice. Parts to swap:
1) Monitor
2) Graphics Card
3) Power Supply

If that all fails it might be the motherboard.

Your link didn't work BTW.
October 6, 2013 4:42:32 AM

your monitor can deliver only 1366 x 768 maximum resolution anyway... so this is not the gpu

i think the problem came from this monitor
October 6, 2013 11:51:37 AM

photonboy said:
I don't know what to tell you other than to swap parts.

You've sort of ruled out everything though by having the monitor work with a different GPU and your entire PC work on your friends monitor.

Perhaps you have an issue with your wall power, or perhaps you have a problem with the PCIe slot which is intermittent and may work when you move your PC.

Your problem still exists in your own house so other than swapping parts in that environment I simply have no further advice. Parts to swap:
1) Monitor
2) Graphics Card
3) Power Supply

If that all fails it might be the motherboard.

Your link didn't work BTW.


i took my whole system,along with the monitor to the local,,didnt use different GPU,,i have explained it in the previous post haven't i?

i forgot to mention,i had bought both the graphics card and the PSU together,but on the 2nd day the PSU started to emit loud buzzing noises,,after 10 days i RMA'd it and got a new one,,but the interference thing continued with the new one too,,i currently use that PSU,,so i guess it isnt the PSU??
October 7, 2013 11:33:59 PM

I get what you're saying but I have no further advice other than right above.
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