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GFX Meltdown

Great Community of Wisdom,

I just returned home from a great 6-month vacation(deployment) and my wife has seemed to have sabotaged my beloved computer. It still works however when I boot it up there are 5 groups of 7 vertical red lines running north to south on the screen. They stay the entire time and videos play and seem to cause a massive lag to the system as well. I believe these to be due to my Graphics card craping itself. The advise I am looking for is what graphics card can I get to replace the 8800 GT? I do plan on building a new computer eventually, I just need something to fill in the gap(giggity) for a bit. Thanks.

~FLYNAVY


My current setup is:

Operating System: Windows Vista™ Home Premium (6.0, Build 6002) Service Pack 2 (6002.lh_sp2rtm.090410-1830)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd.
System Model: P35-DS3L
BIOS: Award Modular BIOS v6.00PG
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU E8400 @ 3.00GHz (2 CPUs), ~3.0GHz
Memory: 4094MB RAM
Page File: 1899MB used, 6509MB available
Windows Dir: C:\Windows
DirectX Version: DirectX 10
DX Setup Parameters: Not found
DxDiag Version: 6.00.6001.18000 32bit Unicode

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DxDiag Notes
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Display Tab 1: No problems found.
Sound Tab 1: No problems found.
Sound Tab 2: No problems found.
Input Tab: No problems found.

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DirectX Debug Levels
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Direct3D: 0/4 (retail)
DirectDraw: 0/4 (retail)
DirectInput: 0/5 (retail)
DirectMusic: 0/5 (retail)
DirectPlay: 0/9 (retail)
DirectSound: 0/5 (retail)
DirectShow: 0/6 (retail)

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Display Devices
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Card name: NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTS 512
Manufacturer: NVIDIA
Chip type: GeForce 8800 GTS 512
DAC type: Integrated RAMDAC
Device Key: Enum\PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_0600&SUBSYS_C8453842&REV_A2
Display Memory: 2266 MB
Dedicated Memory: 475 MB
Shared Memory: 1791 MB
Current Mode: 1920 x 1080 (32 bit) (60Hz)
Monitor: Generic PnP Monitor
Driver Name: nvd3dum,nvd3dumx.dll,nvwgf2um,nvwgf2umx.dll
Driver Version: 7.15.0011.6925 (English)
DDI Version: 10
Driver Attributes: Final Retail
Driver Date/Size: 12/11/2007 12:06:00, 5263360 bytes
WHQL Logo'd: Yes
WHQL Date Stamp:
Device Identifier: {D7B71E3E-4540-11CF-FF40-4EE802C2CA35}
Vendor ID: 0x10DE
Device ID: 0x0600
SubSys ID: 0xC8453842
Revision ID: 0x00A2
Revision ID: 0x00A2
Video Accel: ModeMPEG2_A ModeMPEG2_C ModeVC1_C ModeWMV9_C ModeVC1_B ModeWMV9_B ModeVC1_A ModeWMV9_A
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  1. When I re-booted my computer, the highest resolutions I can switch too is now 800x600....which is REAL COOL.
  2. Well just about any graphics card you pick up will be an upgrade thats for sure. Something like this : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127606 would be about 3 steps above your current card according to Toms Hardware's graphics card hierarchy chart found in their best graphics card for the money series. However to make a more informed reccomendation we would need to know the make and model of your power supply to ensure that it can run what cards are suggested.
  3. If u don't OC the gpu, the lines is a sign of gpu broke down........

    check the temp, voltage, speed of the gpu...

    if everything normal, than u might want to consider new card...
  4. Thanks man,
    Here is my current power supply.

    1 x CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply

    Let me know. Thanks


    ~FLYNAVY
  5. Best answer
    xerocool83 said:
    Thanks man,
    Here is my current power supply.

    1 x CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply

    Let me know. Thanks


    ~FLYNAVY

    With that PSU, the sky is the limit for you for single video cards, that PSU will run any card on the market. Let me point you here; http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-card-review,3107.html
    This will cover most cards for gamin purposes, and the chart at the end you can find your card and see what cards are considered upgrades to it. Good luck to you and I hope your new card works well for you.

    PS
    I would suggest that since you plan on building a new system eventually you just go ahead and get the graphics card portion out of the way now instead of just getting a "fill the gap" card, find a card that will work for the system you want to build and use it in your current system untill you build the new one.
  6. Yeah, I would really like to build a new system, but I am about to move and start a much harder job and I don't want to have a new beast just sitting on my desk. Would I need to worry about my CPU getting bottlenecked with any of these cards? Thanks again for the help.
  7. CPU would bottleneck with most of the higher end cards most likely, however you dont sound like your in the market for a $400-1000 dollar card anyway. Mid range cards will be pushing the limits of your CPU but would put you in a good spot for your next build. Lower end cards that would still be an upgrade (2-3 tiers above yours on that chart) would get the job done but you would be looking at a probable upgrade again when you do build your new system.
  8. Thanks for the help guys, although now I have another issue. I bought the GeForce GTX 560 Ti, installed it and everything was back to normal. I was able to restablish a resolution other than 800x600 and no lines on the screen. Although when I play a game now performace is much worse than before. I figure with the new card I would have either the same or a slight increase. I know my CPU is bottlenecking but would it cause even worst performance? Any ideas?

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    System Information
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    Time of this report: 5/26/2012, 18:48:23
    Machine name: SEXROBOT
    Operating System: Windows Vista™ Home Premium (6.0, Build 6002) Service Pack 2 (6002.vistasp2_gdr.120402-0336)
    Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
    System Manufacturer: Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd.
    System Model: P35-DS3L
    BIOS: Award Modular BIOS v6.00PG
    Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU E8400 @ 3.00GHz (2 CPUs), ~3.0GHz
    Memory: 4094MB RAM
    Page File: 2287MB used, 6096MB available
    Windows Dir: C:\Windows
    DirectX Version: DirectX 11
    DX Setup Parameters: Not found
    DxDiag Version: 7.00.6002.18107 32bit Unicode
  9. An upgraded graphics card should not = lower performance, did you install the latest drivers from nvidia? you also may want to do a complete driver update for your mobo too. I would do them one component at a time to avoid corruption or conflict problems
  10. I will give it a try. First thing I noticed that my CPU's Multiplier was @6 instead of 9. I fixed that and it seems to be a bit better but I thought I would see a slight improvement to visuals, ie BF3/Civ5/ *** even that new Command and Conquer Web based game is only getting 15 FPS.
  11. Just booted up CIV5 again and it wont even play the opening video.
  12. Best answer selected by xerocool83.
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