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    So I hop on last night for a couple hours of BC2. Everything is going great. I hit join game and my whole screen skews to the right and then goes black. I restart the computer and, yep, textbook dead video card - dual NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GTs.

    I'm now left to contemplate straight up replacing them or taking the opportunity to upgrade them.

    What do you think?

  • #2
    Re: Blew out my NVIDIAs

    Upgrade... No doubt if you ask me...
    There's a bunch of great cards out there.
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    • #3
      Re: Blew out my NVIDIAs

      Two cards died at once?

      If that's the case, I would be a bit leery of installing a new card. I'd want to know why both died at approximately the same time. My first suspect would be the power supply.

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      • #4
        Re: Blew out my NVIDIAs

        Originally posted by draeh View Post
        Two cards died at once?

        If that's the case, I would be a bit leery of installing a new card. I'd want to know why both died at approximately the same time. My first suspect would be the power supply.
        I'm assuming they both died. I'm getting error messages on both cards when I pull them up in the hardware manager. The old Code 43.

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        • #5
          Re: Blew out my NVIDIAs

          I'd test them in the system one at a time for sure.
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          • #6
            Re: Blew out my NVIDIAs

            Originally posted by Reaperassault View Post
            I'd test them in the system one at a time for sure.
            So I'm guessing I should remove the SLI and then pull one card, boot up the computer and see what happens.

            Rinse and repeat with the other one.

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            • #7
              Re: Blew out my NVIDIAs

              Yeah, a little bit of troubleshooting can save you a good bit of cash.
              Reapator, overlord of ponies

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              • #8
                Re: Blew out my NVIDIAs

                Yeah I had a brand new card I just bought fry my PSU when I put it in.

                aka. Goon187

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                • #9
                  Re: Blew out my NVIDIAs

                  Originally posted by WarnABro View Post
                  Yeah I had a brand new card I just bought fry my PSU when I put it in.
                  That's not likely. More likely you had a bad PSU to begin with. You're lucky it didn't fry and take your entire rig with it.
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                  • #10
                    Re: Blew out my NVIDIAs

                    Any tips on the best way to test the power supply?

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                    • #11
                      Re: Blew out my NVIDIAs

                      Originally posted by N.B. Forrest View Post
                      Any tips on the best way to test the power supply?
                      First off: Which brand is your PSU? What is its wattage rating? Also, what is the amperage rating on the +12V rail(s)?

                      If it's one of those crap brands like Apevia, Xion, Raidmax, Coolmax, or some such, then 99% of the time, it's a bad PSU that: a) can't handle the rated load and/or b) has some horrible parts/regulation parts inside (capacitors, voltage regulators, etc). Either of these could cause a surge to flow through your PSU and fry any parts it comes into contact with.
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                      • #12
                        Re: Blew out my NVIDIAs

                        Use a multimeter or a ATX powersupply tester.

                        Or figure out the model and search for some technical reviews of it. If the reviews are strongly bad, replace it.
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                        • #13
                          Re: Blew out my NVIDIAs

                          Toms hardware is a good place for info on pc parts.link
                          http://www.tomshardware.com/us/#redir

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                          • #14
                            Re: Blew out my NVIDIAs

                            Just tested both cards and, indeed, one was still working fine. The one that I had the monitor plugged into was the one that was bad. As soon as I pulled it out and plugged the monitor into the other one and fired it up, everything looked fine. Even BC2 ran pretty well and I only noticed a little bit of stutter.

                            So now I just need to replace the one card.

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                            • #15
                              Re: Blew out my NVIDIAs

                              Originally posted by N.B. Forrest View Post
                              Just tested both cards and, indeed, one was still working fine. The one that I had the monitor plugged into was the one that was bad. As soon as I pulled it out and plugged the monitor into the other one and fired it up, everything looked fine. Even BC2 ran pretty well and I only noticed a little bit of stutter.

                              So now I just need to replace the one card.
                              If it costs you more than... let's say $100, to replace that card, I would say it's not worth it and that you would be better off saving it for a newer, faster graphics card.
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