Hello community, been lurking for several years, but never posted until now, after seeing the abundance of knowledge thrown around in the computer forum.
My graphics card puttered out, losing display output while playing a 3d game (WoW), not to be confusing, I'm not playing it "in 3D", just specifying that I was not playing an emulated rom 'paper boy', or something.
Anyway, after discussion with my gm, our resident go-to geek, I've learned to pay attention to power connectors and compatibility, and that I'm spending more money than I should be, but he's not very sure where I should be putting my benchmark at.
I have a few games on my machine that I play:
Any other games I play are non-consequential, meaning I might play them on a whim but if they couldn't/wouldn't play, or the experience was not optimal - it wouldn't break my heart.
I would, however, like to be able to play Mists of P- on Ultra settings, truly ultra settings, in addition to fraps (or xfire, or gamecam, what have you) recording. I've always wanted to tinker with video editing and compilation, but not with sloppy and skipping footage..
On to my specifications; this is a copy and paste from my old receipt, from ibuypower(dot)com
Ordered that 12/11/2011 at 10:00 p.m., for the record. Links are not available anymore, and I can not post links yet as it is.1 x Case ( NZXT Phantom 410 Gaming Case - Black )
0 x Case Lighting ( None )
1 x Processor ( AMD FX-4100 CPU (4x 3.60GHz/4MB L2 Cache) )
1 x Processor Cooling ( Certified CPU Fan and Heatsink )
1 x Memory ( 8 GB [4 GB X2] DDR3-1600 Memory Module - Corsair or Major Brand )
1 x Video Card ( AMD Radeon HD 6750 - 1GB - Single Card )
1 x Video Card Brand ( Major Brand Powered by AMD or NVIDIA )
1 x Motherboard ( Gigabyte GA-970A-D3 -- AMD 970 )
1 x Motherboard USB / SATA Interface ( Motherboard default USB / SATA Interface )
1 x Power Supply ( 600 Watt -- Standard )
1 x Primary Hard Drive ( 120 GB ADATA S510 SSD - Single Drive )
0 x Data Hard Drive ( None )
1 x Optical Drive ( 24X Dual Format/Double Layer DVD±R/±RW + CD-R/RW Drive - Selected systems only! - FREE Upgrade to LG BLU-RAY Reader Combo Drive Black )
0 x 2nd Optical Drive ( None )
0 x Flash Media Reader / Writer ( None )
0 x Meter Display ( None )
0 x USB Expansion ( None )
1 x Sound Card ( 3D Premium Surround Sound Onboard )
1 x Network Card ( Onboard LAN Network (Gb or 10/100) )
1 x Operating System ( Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium + Office Starter 2010 (Includes basic versions of Word and Excel) - 64-Bit )
One card I had been looking at, having confirmed I had the two 6pin connectors required for it, was this:
My friend says I'm way over-paying for a card that will run wow on ultra and still have power to spare, never running hot, etc..
I'm coming here looking for some advice on a route to take, thanks for your time reading all this if you've made it this far. I tend to ramble!
Oh, for the record.
I am running on a 22" Samsunc Syncmaster monitor, 1680x1050 resolution.
At the time of the card going bad, I also had it connected to a 36" Vizio, I believe 1920x1080, but I'm totally guesstimating that. I didn't really pay attention - I had only been running dual-screen for about a month, having acquired the desk space to do so, but I digress.