Okay, so I've been to this forum before and you guys always help me - I'm back.
Back in November 2008 (5 years ago) I bought my first gaming computer. Here this link: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/180461/big-newb-buying-a-gaming-comp/?p=1013502
Graphics card is: ATI Radeon HD 4870 X2 2GB DDR5 PCI-Express Dual DVI-I & TVO [+505] (Major Brand Powered by ATI)
When I initially bought it in 2008, I never felt like I got the best possible use of the graphics card. It seemed like I could not install both drivers for it (the radeon 4870 x2 is two graphics cards in one?) and it gave me problems, BUT it got the job done and worked for gaming, even with half of its power.
Eventually, I caved in, bought a NVIDIA Gefre graphics card, and that didn't work well either. Whatevs. I went back to the radeon 4870x2.
So now, the problem I am having is it is massively over heating and causing my computer to restart.
I wiped everything, and went with windows xp - which worked well, except for the fact that windows xp did not even register that I had a graphics card. So I went to upgrade to windows 7. Upon completion of windows 7 install, the computer will NOT turn on or go further. Basically, it turns on... immediately crashes, and restarts in an infinite loop.
I checked the inside of it, and the graphics card is burning hot. I have a feeling that Windows 7 makes use of the graphics card and whatever the process is - it's causing it to over heat and crash my computer.
Now... I'm here... I don't know what to do.
a) Buy a new graphics card, with black friday coming up it should be an easy purchase... but is THIS the problem or is it something bigger with my motherboard???
Buy a new gaming computer... a bit steeper in price, but obviously this would fix my problem...
c) fix the current one somehow... I would love to do this, but I'm not sure what can be done... the card is burning up on me.. I can't access anything on my computer without it crashing.
Bonus question: How does the ATI Radeon 4870x2 rate in today's marketplace? Is this graphics card still amazing as it was in 2008??