I have been going through some strange crashing that I deduce is Graphics Card related. Computer completely freezes up with a concurrent repeating sound clip. I figured my 6-year-old 8800 GTX was just dying due to its extremely high temperatures so I replaced it with a HD Radeon 7750 only to discover I was still crashing in the same way. I can only assume now that I must be bottlenecking because my CPU is pretty much crap. Well, here are my specs… tell me what you think:
CPU: AMD Athlon 64 X2 4800+ (I’ve never overclocked it so it sits at 2.41 GHz)
RAM: 2GB (2 x 1GB) PC3200 OCZ 200 MHz and 2GB (2 x 1GB) PC2700 Micron 166 MHz (Crashing occurred before the addition of the Micron memory)
Video Card: Crashed with Both the GeForce 8800 GTX and AMD Radeon HD 7750
CD Drive: Hitachi GCC-H10N 48x40x48 CD-RW/16x DVD-ROM SATA
Hard Drives: Seagate 80GB SATA Hard Drive ST3808110AS (Used only for operating system) and Western Digital 250GB WD2500JS-00NCB1 (Used for all of my programs and games)
PSU: COOLMAX CP-500T 500W
Fans: Five (5) 120mm fans, One (1) 200mm fan and One (1) Antec Spot Cool (It was positioned on the 8800 GTX now it’s positioned over my RAM)
Operating System: Windows 7 Ultimate x86
Shoot me some ideas and let me know if you need more information.
Well I just tested my FPS while running Diablo III… at 800 x 600 on low settings with “Low FX” option selected I was running around 30 FPS. While at 1680 x 1050 on max settings, I was running around 30 FPS. Well crap, I think that is definitive. Now the real question becomes, how do I fix it? Can I fix it and can I do it in a cost effective way? My budget is pretty much the cost of the Radeon HD 7750 so around 130 bucks. Is it possible?
The crashing you're experiencing is most likely due to faulty or unstable power from your power supply. I had the same thing happen to me (on my S939 X2-4800+ system as it were) with my 7800GS. Pulling out my older CoolerMaster 500 watt PSU and inserting a new Antec 450 watt PSU resolved my issues.