Posted 27 December 2008 - 11:16 PM
Christmas night I started noticing my video going funky - garbled window edges, failure to repaint screen on moving, long delays in response, and monitor seeming to switch modes (click on and off momentarily) at times it shouldn't need to - and frequently. And within World of Warcraft, a lot of textures would randomly garble.
To test that it was the card, and not the monitor, or malware, etc, I removed my old Diamond Viper V770 Ultra PCI card from my 9-year old Micron and restarted the PC with that card in, and the AGP card removed, after having changed the BIOS video setting from "AGP" to "Auto" (with guidance from my friend, otherwise I would not have known to do that). The older PCI card is working fine and everything is "back to normal". But of course, it's a much less capable card, unable to support World of Warcraft, the main game I play on this PC.
(FYI, it looks like 2 of the 4 capacitors on this card have discharged, which I'm assuming is why it began to fail. On the advice of my friend, I haven't put the failing card back in since he said there's a small chance the capacitors could explode).
So I simply need to get a replacement AGP card so I can play Warcraft again on this PC, but here is my problem: I don't know where to look or what to look for. I need advice on what cards can effectively replace the failing card. It needs to work with my current Dell Dimension 8300, which is about 5 years old. I've done google searches and searches on amazon for AGP cards, but I don't know what I need to know to order one I know will work. I just need one as good as the nvidia, or possibly a little better - but all I really care about is that it works in my PC and runs WoW.
What information can I provide so someone can help guide me? From my research, video cards sometimes list a power supply requirement. I checked the sticker on the power supply and it looks like mine is 250W. Apart from that, I don't know what specs are important. I think my PC only supports AGP 4x, but I really don't know for sure, or how to check to be sure, or even what that means.