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Posted 18 October 2006 - 06:22 PM
Posted 19 October 2006 - 08:40 AM
Posted 19 October 2006 - 02:12 PM
TBH, I'd replace the PSU (Power Supply Unit) first. While you may have more than enough watts to run the card, you might not have enough amperage to keep up with the cards demands. I've had this happen to me, I had (have) a card that requires a minimum 400W PSU, and I had a 450W PSU, so I thought I was good. However, the card required 18 amps on the +12v line, and I had just 18 amps, but it was a cheap power supply, and it wouldn't run my card. It was all pixelated and nothing looked right, and it would overheat and shut off! I replaced the PSU with a much better one and the problem(s) went away!
BTW, you should [/i]NEVER remove the fan from your video card, unless you're upgrading it to a better one. Overheating your card will surely damage it.
Now, even if you replace the PSU, and that's not it, you'll still be better off in the long run with a better quality power supply, so it won't be a waste of money.
Also, make sure that the line that goes from the power supply to the video card is a stand alone line, meaning that there's nothing else on it, not even a fan or a cd drive, nothing. I learned that here on these forums, and it's good sound advice IMHO!
I'd search for a power supply that has at least 20 amps on the +12v line, and is at least 550 watts. Just my opinion. It'll be upwards of $100, but money well spent! Stay away from cheap ones that say they have high watts and high amperage, as they're just that...cheap, and probably won't work well for you.
Hope this helps!
Posted 19 October 2006 - 03:05 PM
Edited by jlovell, 19 October 2006 - 03:25 PM.
Posted 19 October 2006 - 10:22 PM
Posted 20 October 2006 - 06:34 AM
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