Hey there, first time poster so I'll have whoever replies know I'm not all that experienced with graphics cards, or computers for that matter.
I've had several weird problems with my xfx 7600gt for about a years time now, but I never bothered looking much into it, but when I did nothing worked anyway so I sort of gave up with it and just accepted defeat, but I've now decided to look for help.
I've tried updating drivers, tried changing hardware acceleration, tried adjusting game/image settings up and down with no luck, even refresh rate but nothing helped.
More to the point:
The card is rock solid stable, it's never let me down in terms of performance, that being said, I don't push the card beyond it's limits and I've never clocked my pc(or card for that matter) at all. The fans work, the drivers are up to date, it should be getting enough power aswell.
Still, I'm having artifacts, tons of them, in all shapes and sizes, in all the games I've tried so far. I run my games in windowed mode, and whenever there's artifacts on the horizon I just resize my window and they go away for a short amount of time, then come back. They seem to origin from models, well, textures on models to be exact, and I have no dea what's causing the problem.
Also, I'm having tiny dots of different colors, visibility depending on the background, at first I thought what I was seeing was dead pixels but when I took a black background image and dragged it back and forth on my screen, they made trails all over it, and I have no idea why. example
The short version: My xfx 7600gt is acting a wee bit strange, and I'd like to know if it's possible to any extent to fix the problems I've described. I'm 100% sure it's the card messing with me, 'cause I tested a 6600gt or so in this pc and it caused me no problems.
bouncing between 65-75*C while running games, heat has never been a problem, as far as I see it, but you be the judge.
I've had the same problem during winter, and I got my window open all year(don't ask), so I honestly don't know. Think I'll go for faulty card explanation.
I'll try another cable if I can get hold of one, though.
Yeah I'm gonna agree with the idea of just a faulty card, though you could go ahead and double-check that it's snug in its slot. Something you might also want to check for is power requirements so that you can be sure your power supply is enough for the card. Lastly, not sure if you can test this on a 7600GT, but if you can find a program that'll tell you temps (GPU-Z should work), then you could monitor your card's temperatures and make sure it's not melting down.
Edit - Ok, yeah, 65 - 75 C shouldn't be a problem. Faulty card is more likely. If you want, there's tons of good recommendations we can give you for a new card if you're interested.
That'd be great.
Price range somewhere in between 150-200 euro, pci express, doesn't need to have sli option, or is that stuff standard these days?
Either way, I need something able to run elder scrolls iv: oblivion at best, I usually stick to world of warcraft and the like so I'm not all that demanding, just need something that'll be able to handle the wow graphics engine and whatever twists and turns it may take in future expansions.
Your MB supports PCI-E 1.0 at x16. Your case has two 120mm fans, which is acceptable IMO for a single card even if it's hot. A 500W PSU should be enough for a card like 8800GT or even HD 4850. Finally, your case is big enough even for 8800GT or GTX, according to some newegg reviewers, so we don't have to worry about cards not fitting in it.