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Is my video card dying? Are these compatible with my setup?

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June 8, 2012 8:52:36 PM

Ok 1st Question: is my video card dying? :( 

This all started like as soon as summer started when it got hot. When i was playing Starcraft 2 the textures and Gui and stuff was fine until it started to get "distorted" and they started tearing all over the place little black pieces and chunks would be missing from the board,ALL OVER IT. So i say maybe its just a glitch and restart. It loads up everything is normal until about 3 seconds pass and BOOM Tearing and textures all across the screen. Same with Skyrim but its worse than starcraft 2 because i can still read and use the GUI on the menu but i load a save and everything is good all for 2 seconds and crash. Im lucky if i get to the texture tearing before it crashes.
NOTE ALL OF THESE PHOTOS HAPPEN IN A MATTER OF SECONDS.
http://imageshack.us/g/266/tesv20120608162112322.jpg/
Right before crash
http://imageshack.us/g/88/tesv20120608162149185.jpg/
When i am playing Skyrim it is lag free up until the crash point :fou: 
When i am playing starcraft 2 only thing wrong is the textures being torn and ripped everywhere again LAG FREE. :fou: 
When i play minecraft i get 40 - 60 Fps easy with HD textures installed no texture distortion. :??: 
Is my video card dying? :sweat: 

*Specs will be posted after second question.*
2nd question are these video cards compatible with my setup ( I know my Psu is to low for some and i plan on buying a 400 watt or 450 watt)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

*SPECS*

Computer
Manufacturer - Dell
Model XPS XPS 420
Memory ( RAM ) 6 Gigabytes
System type 64 bit
Operating System Microsoft Windows Vista Home Edition
OS Service Pack -
DirectX 4.09.00.0904 (DirectX 9.0c)

Motherboard
CPU Type 2x Intel Pentium III Xeon, 2333 MHz
Motherboard Name Unknown
Motherboard Chipset Unknown
System Memory 6080 MB
BIOS Type Unknown

Display
Video Adapter ATI Radeon HD 3600 Series
Video Adapter ATI Radeon HD 3600 Series
Monitor Dell SP2009W [NoDB] (R297D8AN0L7L)


Storage
Disk Drive WDC WD5000AAKS-75A7B0 (465 GB, IDE)
Optical Drive EXIPCXA ENGLYZGLEF SCSI CdRom Device
Optical Drive EXIPCXA ENGLYZGLEF SCSI CdRom Device
Optical Drive TSSTcorp DVD+-RW TS-H653F
SMART Hard Disks Status OK


Input
Keyboard HID Keyboard Device
Mouse Logitech HID-compliant Optical Wheel Mouse

Network
Modem Conexant D850 PCI V.92 Modem

Thanks in advance


a c 291 U Graphics card
June 8, 2012 8:59:04 PM

Could you check your temperatures when it happens? Use HWMonitor. You can download it from www.cpuid.com
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June 8, 2012 9:00:09 PM

Sunius said:
Could you check your temperatures when it happens? Use HWMonitor. You can download it from www.cpuid.com


Sure ill do it to check if its overheating hold on

Couldnt Get HWFAN working so i used Speed Fan and Core temp
SF said my Card is running 72 C and rising
Cores 1 is running at 72C MAX 74
All others are running at 64 or 65 Max or 65 or 67
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a c 198 U Graphics card
June 8, 2012 9:02:29 PM

That seems like either a temperature issue or the card is dying. I would monitor the temperatures first, but the AMD 3600 is pretty old.

Of the cards listed, the 6570 is the fastest and will probably work with whatever power supply you have in the computer. You might want to get something faster than that though. Do you have a budget?
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June 8, 2012 9:06:09 PM



Deemo13 said:
That seems like either a temperature issue or the card is dying. I would monitor the temperatures first, but the AMD 3600 is pretty old.

Of the cards listed, the 6570 is the fastest and will probably work with whatever power supply you have in the computer. You might want to get something faster than that though. Do you have a budget?


Yeah Budget is anything 60 dollars or lower some exceptions of course
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June 8, 2012 9:25:24 PM

So everything is compatible with my Motherboard and stuff right?
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a c 291 U Graphics card
June 8, 2012 9:33:07 PM

If your budget is $60, I'd strongly suggest going for HD 6670, as anything lower isn't made for gaming, but for HD movies:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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a c 198 U Graphics card
June 8, 2012 10:33:51 PM

+1 to the 6670. Great card.
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June 9, 2012 1:49:15 AM

Sunius said:
If your budget is $60, I'd strongly suggest going for HD 6670, as anything lower isn't made for gaming, but for HD movies:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



Thanks i think i just made my choice based on you and deemos's responses :D 
Thank you everyone for your information and help this is why i love tomshardware. :p 
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June 9, 2012 1:49:28 AM

Best answer selected by jordan513.
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a c 291 U Graphics card
June 9, 2012 10:14:42 AM

Glad I helped ;) .
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