First, I am not a gamer although my son does play Minecraft on my PC sometimes.
I am having problems with my display. I get vertical green lines and a reduced viewing area the vast majority of the time. I opened the PC and it was fairly dusty so I cleaned it pretty good, removed the graphics card and cleaned it as well. Put everything back together and it all worked perfectly for about 12 hours, then - poof - green lines and smaller viewing area again and "new" screens seems to freeze and my CPU usage seems to increase for about 30 seconds. I figured it is either a bad graphics card or a bad DVI cable or a bad monitor. I changed the monitor out with a standard 17" and seemed to have no issues, but I imagine there is less stress on the card now. Also the card seems to be rather hot to the touch. Reading through the forum gave me a few more questions, so here they are:
Is there a fairly simple way to determine whether it is the monitor (I dont have access to another HD monitor at the moment) or the card (or the cable)?
How do I monitor the temp of my card? Is there a program - I searched download.com but couldn't find one that specifically mentioned graphics card temps?
If I do need to replace the card, is the PNY "VERTO" GEFORCE GT 630 a decent replacement, as I happen to have access to one - new in the box - for about $90 from a friend?
Anything else you can tell me or explain to me that might help? I'm trying to keep this fix as inexpensive as possible.
I have a HP Pavilion Elite M9450f with the original NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GT card.
LG M237WD HD monitor
Windows Vista Home Premium (x64) Service Pack 2 (build 6002)
Main Circuit Board b
2.50 gigahertz Intel Core2 Quad
64 kilobyte primary memory cache
3072 kilobyte secondary memory cache
Multi-core (4 total)
Board: PEGATRON CORPORATION Benicia 1.01
Bus Clock: 1333 megahertz
BIOS: American Megatrends Inc. 5.29 08/21/2008
8192 Megabytes Usable Installed Memory
NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GT [Display adapter]
PSU is 460W (but then it says 385W max, so I'm not sure there)