So the other day I decided to treat myself to a new graphics card, with Wildstar coming out in a few days. It started an epic pain in the ass adventure.
Let me start by saying, this is my first time installing a video card, or anything else for that matter into a computer. Technically I installed an old PCI Network card in an old computer about 10 years ago but that is the extent of my experience until now.
Also, it may be worth noting I am currently running an AMD Radeon HD 6570 card.
Other system specs: Intel Core I7 2600 @ 3.4GHz
Corsair CX750M 750 Watt Modular power supply
The actual computer was a box computer I got 2, maybe 2 and a half years ago, it is an HP Pavillion HPE.
I brought the PNY GeForce GTX 650 (2GB edition) home and threw it in the PC. I knew how to do it, its pretty simple just pull out the old AMD card and stick in the new one. Then I realized, it had this 6 pin power connector. My original power supply did not have a plug for this, nor did it have two of the flat 4 pin plugs for the adapter the card came with. I also noticed that the minimum req's on the PNY card said a 400 watt power supply, where my original one was only 300 watts. Simple fix, buy a new stronger power supply right? I wish.
The next day I went to Best Buy and picked up a Thermaltake 600 watt power supply. I ripped out the old and threw in the new. I made sure it was connected to everything it needed to be properly. It had the 6 pin power connector for a PCI-E power slot. I hooked it all up then went to power on my machine. It turned on, everything inside was running as intended, but on my monitor, all I saw was the initial HP Boot up screen. Its blue, it has the HP logo, and it says press ESC to enter the boot menu i believe. It never moved past this point, where normally this screen came and went within a second, and ESC was unresponsive. Basically it was frozen. I tried and tried to get it to do anything further. I tried putting the driver installation disc in the disc drive and waiting, but nothing happened.
I thought maybe it was an issue because I currently have AMD video drivers installed on my computer, but my friend who is a lot more knowledgeable on the subject than I am assured me it should still run before the drivers are installed, just not to its fullest potential. At this point I was frustrated, so I gave up and decided to put my old AMD card back in, with the new power supply still hooked up. the computer started up normally and runs perfectly fine. I tried installing the driver disc again, but it just said no hardware was recognized and wouldnt install. I also tried downloading the correct drivers software from the GeForce website, but when I ran the installation it told me the same thing.
My friend suggested that even though the minimum req's on the new card said it needed a 400 watt power supply, that maybe the 600 watt one wasnt strong enough either seeing as how the rest of the computer is drawing from it at the same time.
Today I took another trip to Best Buy, and exchanged the 600 watt Thermaltake power supply for a Corsair CX750M 750 Watt Modular power supply, thinking that if the power supply is the issue, there is no way this one wouldn't solve the problem. I brought it home and hooked it all up. Nothing changed.
So I am at the point now where I don't know what else to do. the only thing I can imagine being the issue after all the research I have done is that the PNY GeForce GTX 650 is a dud, and was a bad card straight out of the box. Is this a common issue? Maybe because I am inexperienced I am missing something stupid and I'll be kicking myself when I figure it out, but I am posting here in desperate need of help! If anyone has any ideas, please, please share them. If I can't find a solution by noon tomorrow, I will be taking yet another trip to Best Buy, to exchange the card.
In an unrelated note I was debating putting up a few extra dollars and exchanging it for the EVGA Nvidia GeForce 750 Ti, though I am not really sure if it is worth it. From what I understand the card performance increases like 650<660<670 etc. Is the 700 series actually any better or is it the 50/60/70 that is really important. I do not have the funds to get a 300$+ 660 760, or anything else.
Also was debating trying to get a better AMD card instead thinking that since I have AMD drivers(which I'm not a huge fan of the software that comes with them), the card may work until I can install the correct drivers for that specific card. I dont know if it actually works that way or not though, it as just a theory.