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Author Topic: Computer is seriously on the fritz, looking to build a new system.  (Read 769 times)
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CSL
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« on: June 12, 2008, 08:06:36 AM »

On the fritz, that's how I'd describe my rig right now as its been randomly shutting down occasionally and getting artifacting on any game that uses my GPU to any extent - even EU:Rome.

So not wanting to deal with my issues I'd rather just upgrade, but on the cheap. I know I can reuse a few parts from my computer such as the RAM, HDD, the case, and the monitor so I just need basically a new PSU, GPU, Motherboard, and CPU - probably want to spend $500 to $700 at most. I don't feel as though I'll be doing most of my gaming on the computer nowadays, so it doesn't have to be a beast of a machine, but I'd like to play this years upcoming triple-AAA titles at an acceptable framerate on a 17" screen.

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« Reply #1 on: June 12, 2008, 11:43:08 AM »

If it is your graphics card, then I would suggest buying a new graphics card and perhaps power supply.  Try them in your existing rig.  If it works, great.  Keep the parts for the later full upgrade.  If not, you have 2 pieces to move forward with.  You would only lose some time.  Intel's Nehalem processor is not too far off.  This should drive the prices of earlier models down even further.
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« Reply #2 on: June 12, 2008, 11:46:35 AM »

Oh on a separate note, I had a similar problem with a cad workstation once.  The heat sink on the GPU had gotten loose and was causing artifacting and lockups.  You may want to look at yours.
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« Reply #3 on: June 12, 2008, 04:06:13 PM »

Yep sounds like a heat issue.  Check out the ultra cheap gaming rig thread a few down for some ideas.
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« Reply #4 on: June 12, 2008, 06:03:06 PM »

What is your current video card?
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