Guys, I've used onboard video for 10 years, and never did I have an issue with it. Well, then my 17" CRT monitor died, so I was forced to buy a new monitor. The monitor I bought has a DVI interface, and since my motherboard only has a VGA interface, I bought what I thought was a great mainstream AGP graphics card, a HIS ATI X1650. I installed the card and the latest drivers. The card seemed to work great for a month or so, but then I noticed issues as I used it for different things. The first was an issue where Flash would lag while watching HD videos. This is because even though the card supports HD video and hardware acceleration, Flash uses the CPU to process video through software and my CPU isn't powerful enough to process HD video by itself. When I watch streaming video in HD, the CPU temperature rises as high as 65 C, the video lags, and then the computer crashes. Lesson learned: I can't watch HD streaming video. Okay, fine I accepted that. The next issues are intermittment and cause the computer to crash while using my web browser. Sometimes it crashes while I copy-and-paste text and other times it just crashes when the CPU temperature rises to 65 C while watching standard streaming video in 480p, or browsing a webpage with a lot of advertisements, like animated banners. I have tested the VRAM using the quick test, and the card has no errors. If the system crashes again, I'll run the extensive test. Is it normal for a graphics card to crash all the time, sometimes after a few days and sometimes after weeks? Did I sacrifice stability for power? The card's fan also makes a loud noise on startup but then runs whisper quiet once it warms up, and the fan does work fine. I just want to solve this. I've tried almost everything, including disabling all browser add-ons and updating my browser and all its plug-ins. It's so annoying when the video card drops the connection, the monitor goes to sleep, and I have to press the reset button to set the system straight again.
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The stability of video cards
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