AMD Phenom II x4 (955)
GA-890FXA-UD5 Gigabyte MB
Windows 7 on 80gb intel SSD sata II
Last night i started to play Skyrim, after about 14 hours of play everything froze - the game, windows, everything. Couldn't alt/cntl/delete either. When i rebooted my PC i experience some awful pixelation and could not do anything, i was stuck on the windows login screen. I eventually can login (although i cannot see the characters being typed). My screen turns black and eventually it BSOD's.
I rebooted into safemode, deleted my 5850 drivers and installed the new drivers. I rebooted and i had the same problem. The card isn't "artifacting properly" according to XFX support.
I am now faced with either sending the card in for an RMA (2-3 weeks) or continue troubleshooting. So here i am asking all you experts for your opinion. I'd rather spend my christmas vacation playing skyrim than working because i do not have a computer.
I would double check that your PSU isn't the issue. If you have another one available (borrow from a buddy if you have that option) I would try that. Other than that you might have a GPU issue. The other thing is to try a different GPU in the system (again if you can borrow one from a buddy would be best).
I cannot swap out PSUs, but i can try that old dell card. I have been using this card for about a year and half with adequate cooling, but im pretty this summers heat wave did something to it, its been a lot slower since then, LOL.
Put in my old 8600GT and everything booted up just fine. updating my drivers now and maybe i can play skyrim on low while my 5850 is being repaired. Too bad my board isn't SLI capable, i could use my brothers 8600GT too and SLI those, which could probably get me medium settings on skyrim. Oh well. thanks for the responses.