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November 19, 2011 10:59:22 PM

Lately have had graphic artifacts appearing in every game I have trying to figure out what is keeping me from gaming lately....I have Nvidia 460 GTX with the latest drivers, AMD Athlon x64 X2 with and Asus M2N-SLI motherboard with latest drivers. I haven't really been having any lag problems just things not what they should be graphically.

I just ran a memtest that ran smoothly....anyone that has an idea of what to try to get things back to normal I am all ears.

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November 20, 2011 1:20:18 AM

first thought is temperatures

have you checked temps under load?

Furmark is a good stress tester
(just google it-free)
I also like HWinfo32 or Hwinfo64 depending on 32bit or 64bit OS
for a monitoring program

check temps under load for about a half hour
also check card and make sure it is clean
blow out with canned air,compressor or hair dryer
be surprised even in the cleanest houses how fast dust builds up
on electronic parts

if it is just recently after a driver update
consider going back to an older more stable driver

I actually stopped updating my GPU drivers after the card has been out
for a year or so

I will read the driver updates and see if anything applies
but usually with an older series of cards (more than a year)
you wont see too many changes
unless a game you play has a problem and there is a driver hotfix for it
then really no need to update

also try pulling the card,wiping connector edge with isopropyl alcohol
and reseating it

cards like to wiggle around in the slots
also can build up a clear film on gold edge connectors
(iron oxide-beginning of rust)
especially in salt water climates

just throwing some ideas out there for you :) 
November 20, 2011 1:32:07 AM

I updated the drivers because NFS: The Run was pissy about drivers.

You just mean medical alcohol....?

Live in Arizona, no salt water here :p 

I don't think it is heat the artifacts show up to soon but going to find Furmark now.....I have checked the temps (I have had computers I could have grilled steak on) so I know to check temps.....will stress and get let you know how that goes.
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November 20, 2011 1:40:17 AM

Furmark started.....
November 20, 2011 2:24:16 AM

Max GPU Temp according to Furmark = that my problem?

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November 20, 2011 2:43:32 AM

63c is fine
was there artifacts b4 driver update?

yes medical alcohol
preferably Isopropyl 90 percent
available in pharmacies
though an old trick is to use a pencil eraser on the gold edge connectors
learned that back in my Atari 2600 cartridge days

also look at capacitors on the card
google image capacitors

if bulging or leaking then card is bad

just pulling card and reseating it in slot can do wonders

but really the main question is:

Did you have the problem before installing new drivers?
November 20, 2011 2:50:46 AM

There were so artifacts before the driver update, they seem to have multiplied since the update.

I have that, just making sure I wasn't going to hurt the gold with what I have :p 

Will look for small explosions.....explosions bad got it.
November 20, 2011 2:59:12 AM

yea bigger caps do make a nice bang :) 

but the ones usually in computers just leak

and uninstall new drivers
and go back a driver or two
after exploring the other options

November 20, 2011 3:01:50 AM

Getting the card out of the computer now, had to watch the BCS explode.

Looking at capacitors......all look fine.....some under giant fan.
November 20, 2011 3:09:32 AM

blow it out
clean edges
firmly but gently seat in socket

if you still have the problem
consider a older driver reinstall
it is a pain but could help

I had to do it myself
I used to always install latest GPU drivers
and now just stay with the same one
November 20, 2011 3:16:57 AM

I do to and won't have but a game complained.....
Cleaned gold/killed brain cells with alcohol :p 
November 20, 2011 3:33:42 AM

dont light a match near that stuff LOL

well it might be bedtime for me
so if I dont come back I will check in the morning
I hope it works
November 20, 2011 3:35:37 AM

Ok....just tested a game that has been having artifact issues.....not an out of place pixel.....I did not test game that artifacts started in.....but do you think I need to?
November 20, 2011 4:10:59 AM

Ok computer back to very happy you are awesome!

When computer has issue give video card a bath.....makes total sense :p 
November 20, 2011 4:11:34 AM

Best answer selected by saturnsown.
November 20, 2011 4:12:37 AM

I would test any of the games that had issues for at least 10 minutes each
just for peace of mind if you have the time
but sound good
try it out for a day or two and report back
even if it is all working good
let me know
I get emotionally involved in these things you know :) 
years of fixing computers (I have a small computer repair business; I will send you the bill later if it works good LOL)
and it still gives me a warm and fuzzy feeling when it works out for somebody
Goodnight now
1:12 AM USA EST time
November 20, 2011 4:14:03 AM

saturnsown said:
Ok computer back to very happy you are awesome!

When computer has issue give video card a bath.....makes total sense :p 

Thank you very much :) 

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