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Heat? Graphical Artifacts? Help!

ZzuluZzulu Registered User regular
Ok, so I've been trying to play Mass Effect on the PC now for a few days, but it keeps freezing up on me at random points. The screen becomes pixelated with purple/green/blue/red colours and I have to reboot the system.

Now, This is my setup;

Dualcore 2.6ghz
2GB RAM
BFG 8800GT 512mb (Factory overclocked)

I've been trying to monitor my temperatures while playing Mass Effect, to see if it is my graphics card that is overheating, but I never seem to climb above 65-70degrees celcius during active load, and my computer should be able to take those temperatures right? I remember running Crysis at 80degrees without any freezing.

I also have a mega cooled chassi, with 5 fans, so there's a lot of airflow. I also have a custom cooler ontop of the graphics card, so I don't understand why the card would ever spike to such a degree of heat that my computer rapes itself.

Can it be the processor? Faulty ram? Something else? I want to be able to play high performance games again. Please help

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  • Macro9Macro9 Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    Download and install ATItool. Scan for artifacts and see if there are any. If not and your temps are low try rolling back to older drivers.

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  • ZzuluZzulu Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    The internet also told me something about power supplies that could cause this?

    Anyway, I'll roll back my drivers and see how that goes. If that fails I guess I'll de-clock the card

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  • EliteLamerEliteLamer __BANNED USERS regular
    edited July 2008
    I have the same problem and was caused by me overclocking my CPU. I ran all the tests and everything checks out but I know it must be A) Burned the PCI-E slot B) CPU is messed up.

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  • Macro9Macro9 Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    If you are overclocking your cpu you need to make sure that your PCI bus is locked at 100-105. It will increase with your front side bus if you do not. Don't add a ton of voltage to your PCIE slots as well.

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  • EliteLamerEliteLamer __BANNED USERS regular
    edited July 2008
    Macro9 wrote: »
    If you are overclocking your cpu you need to make sure that your PCI bus is locked at 100-105. It will increase with your front side bus if you do not. Don't add a ton of voltage to your PCIE slots as well.

    Just about all mobo's have locked pci-E slots. Mine was one of the very few that did not.

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  • PeregrineFalconPeregrineFalcon Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    Zzulu wrote: »
    I also have a custom cooler ontop of the graphics card, so I don't understand why the card would ever spike to such a degree of heat that my computer rapes itself.

    You know what I don't see on that fancy GPU cooler? RAM contact area. Extra important on a factory-OC'd card.

    Does your 8800's RAM have anything cooling it down?

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