Hello, my name is Bill. I am having issues with my old Area-51 desktop. The system locks up and the screen goes all different colors and shakes. I am thinking it is a video card. Here are my system specifics:
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU Q9450 @ 2.66GHz
RAM: 2.00 GB
Graphics: NVIDA GeForce 9800 GX2
Gaming Graphics: 1279 MB Total available graphics memory
HDD: 120GB Free (225GB Total)
I want to upgrade this system and would love suggestions for that also.
It sounds like either your video card or your power supply is on the way out it's kinda a pain to diagnose those would be the first place I would start. As for upgrades on the system it's been awhile since I worked with one but the Q9450 was a strong overclocker my upgrade's after the problem is sorted would be without knowing the specifics of your budget a W7 64bit key, increase to at least 4Gb of ram and a Ssd.