I had an ATI Radeon 9800 PRO with 256MB Ram. The card was NICE. IT did very well. Upon reading reports I heard the cooling fan was an hunk of junk. For the first 3 months, the thing did fine. But as I turned on the pc the FAN would make noise and sound like it was about to pass away.
Sorry to say, I followed reports at Newegg.com and bought this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16835186110
cooling fan system. IT Was VERY silent as it said it would be and did a great job,... for the first week.
For what ever reason the damn fan stopped and i NEVER got any kind of warning. I was in the middle of group in World of Warcraft and POOF black screen. I could not get the thing to come back up.
I yanked an OLD nVIDIA 5600 from my old pc and popped it into the AGP slot of my computer and it came back up. So I know it is the card.... and no matter waht I do on that dead ATI card, I cannot get it to work OR the fan on the cooling system to come backon.
Im out $300 =(
A.) I doubt Artic Cooling will replace the card even though in my mind THEY fried it.
B.) I doubt ATI will replace the card because I removed the failing stock fan and put on an 3rd party fan.
SO.... even though I feel screwed I need to buy a new card.
MY COMPUTER IS OUT DATED!!!!!!
Please don’t tell me to "buy a new computer" I know I need an upgrade and I just don’t have the money for it. Suggestions to replace the whole system will be ignored. (sorry but I asked this in WoW forum and I got treated like an ass because of my sub par system)
What I have:
MSI K7n2 Delta L Mother board with AMD XP CPU 1.8Ghz
1 sticks (1 gig each) set to dual channel 400Mhz (2gigs total ram)
IDE 80 Gig 7200RPM WD HD.
My budget is $300
I have never used PCIexpress cards.
My board has a new slot called ACR (Advanced Communication Riser) Is this the PCIe port? It looks like PCI slot but backwards.
Should I get an PCIe card if so?
Should I stay with 8xAGP?
What card should I get. I would like something == or > my 9800 Pro.
I plan on replacing the computer around Feb March of 2007 to get more power then. I was thinking of getting a good card now (even though my CPU would be the bottle neck) and then use that card when I build my new pc.
I need a card that does well with World of Warcraft, EverQuest, EverQuestII, and Counter Strike Source.
Please provide recommendations and links.