I’ve recently upgraded some parts of my computer. I have added a new Processor, new VGA card, and some more RAM
AMD Athlon X2 6000 3.1 GHz
nVidia 9600GT 1GB
ASUS M2N-E Motherboard DDR2 SATA
3.00 GB RAM (Initially I had 1GB x1 and 512MB x2, now have 2GB x1 1GB x1)
1680 x 1050 Monitor + 1280 x 1024 to the side
OS: Microsoft Windows XP - SP3
160 GB Harddrives x2
Pioneer DVD-RW DVR-108
Initally the processor wouldn’t work, it took hours to figure out that the BIOS needed updating, which I successfully did.
My problem at the moment:
While running full screen computer games, every so often the program will freeze for 5-10 seconds and then have colourful graphical glitches all over the screen. I think this is called ‘artifacting’. It has occurred with Crysis and World of Warcraft. I suspected it was overheating, so I tried monitoring the temperature, the GPU never goes about 50 degrees celcius. I tried editing the fan speed with nTune and RivaTuner, but the fan options were GREYED out. GREYED out. Cannot edit them. The direct fan control tickable box was ALSO GREYED out. I measured the fan speed with RivaTuner and the GPU fan seems to be at 100%. I have installed 2 extra fans blowing over the GPU, no difference.
Also, last night it began to give the blue screen of death upon opening any full-screen game…
Any ideas as to what to fix? Google has failed me.