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November 8, 2010 3:37:01 PM

Hello,
I have had 2 graphic cards fry now on my PC in a matter of a few months. I have a DELL Vostro 200 so nothing special. I just need something decent enough to not lag when playing games like starcraft 2. I suspect that the reason the gfx cards messed up is due to not a good enough PSU. So the question is would it be more cost effective to get a new PSU & graphic card (i'm not sure that would fix the problem) or if there is a good cost effective new(er) pc to get (seeing as my current one is old and a bit slow). Any and all recommendations would be helpful.

Currently not using a gfx card and my OS is winxp.

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a c 235 U Graphics card
November 8, 2010 3:51:19 PM

what video cards burned out? it could be a mobo issue or heat issue
November 8, 2010 4:36:15 PM

Nvidea geforce 7200GT and 8600GT
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November 8, 2010 4:37:23 PM

And i have no idea what "mobo" issue means but the fans seemed fine i dont think it would be a heat issue.
a c 235 U Graphics card
November 8, 2010 5:11:19 PM

that computer comes with a 8600GT as an option. the 7200GT hardly draws any power. something like an older ATI 4670 would be a solid upgrade for you and work with your PSU. if you have the e8200 CPU, the ATI 5670 would be a good option also.
November 8, 2010 7:18:27 PM

Not sure I want to get such decent cards for my pc which seems to kill them.
I saw this article:
http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/gaming-pc-build-a-pc-over...
Is that still relevant? Looks a pretty cheap price for a gaming pc, would be prepared to spend a bit more if it'll get me something good.
a c 235 U Graphics card
November 8, 2010 11:22:32 PM

SC2 had an issue when it caused video cards to over-heat. I believed they patched it though.
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