Hello, totally new here, so please forgive me any silly questions.
My computer is about 4 years and a few months now and he starts to have some little, but very annoying problems. A few months ago my PS gave up on me, so I bought a new one (550W) and now it seems that my graphics card seem to get a life on its own. At least that's what I think, could be the motherboard as well. Planning to switch it with the one in my brother's pc later this week.
The problem seems to be that sometimes at POST the friendly ASUS woman tells me "System failed VGA test". Other times it starts up just fine, but when listening to music for example and starting a simple browser or so the music starts to hang a bit. Tried some possible solutions as well found on the internet, but so far no luck.
Anyway, for the real problem, if it seems that I need to buy a new card, how high should I go. Of course I would like the best, but for the lowest price. I came across this site and saw the comparisons of graphic cards for this month and all. I was thinking of buying Two GeForce GTX 260 (Core 216) cards in SLI Configuration. This made me thinking though. First of all, according to the ASUS website I would have to buy (again) a PS with a higher wattage. And second question, is the rest of my pc powerful enough to get the most out of the graphic card.
Not sure what you all need, but here are some specs which might be useful:
Motherboard: ASUS P4 G800-E Deluxe
2GB Dual core Ram
Anything else you need to answer my question?
It wasn't to long ago that I was trying to help someone with a PSU problem. He and I both had 500W PSU. His however didn't have any form of PFC, was only ">70%" efficient, and had a single 6 pin PCIe plug. My 500W PSU (the Antec EA500.) has PFC, is 80%+ efficient, and has two 6 pin PCIe plugs. Same wattage, very different specs. Just because you have a 550W PSU doesn't mean its great. We have no idea what PSU you have, no idea what CPU your running, heck, we don't even know what GPU you have. I would love to say you're having a PSU problem, be we have no idea what your system is made up of.
Hmm, "xpower"? I'd start looking at the PSU. Check the event viewer to see if there is anything there. If possible, borrow a PSU from a friend and see if that helps. I would guess a PSU problem, but I'm not sure.