graphics card problem, can u help?

December 13, 2009 at 17:18:06
Specs: Windows XP
hi guys, ive been having a problem with a graphics card i bought for a few weeks now. its a nvidia geforce fx5900 (rubbish i know but i only want to play 1 game on it, so is good enough for my needs) the problem is whenever i try to run the game it crashes on the load screen and i cannot play the game, also i get graphical issues now and again (lines down the screen etc..) at first i thought it was my power unit didnt have enough power so i bought a 500w psu and still the problem persists any help would be HUGELY appreciated (i have the newest drivers 2) if u need any other info please ask :)

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#1
December 13, 2009 at 17:24:13
"i bought a 500w psu and still the problem persists"

500W doesn't mean much. It's the amperage that's important, especially on the +12v rail. And a decent quality PSU isn't cheap...did you pay less than $50?


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#2
December 13, 2009 at 17:38:09
What game? "1 game" doesn't tell us much.

As to the psu, the 5900 series cards can use up to 6 amps of +12v power for 3D. Give us the amperage of the +12v rail on your power supply...it's written on a label of the psu.

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#3
December 13, 2009 at 17:47:33
thanks 4 responding, the game is sims 3, i thought it was my psu as the 12v amp on my old one was only 15, on my new one its 34 (yes was under 50$ i got it on ebay was a bargain for 18$ :D)

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#4
December 13, 2009 at 17:49:12
It wasn't a bargain & it's nothing to smile about...you bought a low end piece of sh!t.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...


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#5
December 13, 2009 at 17:51:51
is a seventeam, i used a 75$ psu from my mates gaming p.c and that didnt help either

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#6
December 13, 2009 at 18:03:46
also i must say not all of us have such large amounts to spend on pc parts, i built my pc for under 50$ and never needed it for gaming untill now (thts wat the ps3 is for) why spend 55$ on a psu which has the same specs as one for under 20$ (give or take) as i only wanted to play one game i naturally didnt want to spend stuipid amounts on new parts

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#7
December 13, 2009 at 18:18:54
"is a seventeam"

Uh-oh! One of these?

http://www.seventeam.com.tw/product...

Looks like a FX5900 is bare minimum to play Sims3...

http://www.simprograms.com/the-sims...

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#8
December 13, 2009 at 18:23:52
Saw your reply after my last response and...

"why spend 55$ on a psu which has the same specs as one for under 20$"

Easy question to answer.

The psu is the single most important part of your machine. Crappy psu's can easily kill more pc components than all other hardware problems combined.

Period!

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#9
December 13, 2009 at 18:24:37
What about your other specs? do they meet these

2.0 GHz P4 processor or equivalent
1 GB RAM


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#10
December 13, 2009 at 18:25:15
haha yup it is! "uh-oh" tht didnt sound good, but as it had 34A i thought it would be more than enough for such an old card, yea it is the minimum requirement i knew tht b4 i bought it but thought it would be good enough and i got a good price on it

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#11
December 13, 2009 at 18:27:43
hi gamer, yes is a 2.66 pentium 4 and 1gb of ram (yes rubbishbut as i said it was purely for internet surfing an not a gaming p.c)

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#12
December 13, 2009 at 19:04:47
Power Supply Myths

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