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Having quite a few issues, not sure if it's my 7950, PSU or something else

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I bought a Sapphire 7950 in late October. It was working well, but after a little while I noticed when playing Chivalry that I'd "softcrash" where the game would still be running, but the display would go away for a short time and then come back. Later, this started happening during general use and I'd get the message that the display driver has crashed. It's started happening more often now, and I don't even have to be doing anything (can just be reading a webpage) for it to crash. I've tried out several different drivers, did completely clean installations of them and it still happens. I also get some other strange errors occasionally when loading a page that I took some screenshots of:





They appear randomly, and when I scroll so they're off the screen and come back they'll disappear. Now, I did try some overclocking but it wasn't anything outrageous and I've had my card at stock for a while and it still happens. Nor do I get artifacts during games (and I can even run benchmarks), and my temps are fine.

However, I have also experienced some instances of starting up my computer, everything running and no error debug code on the mobo, but nothing displays on the screen (and my keyboard/mouse don't light up). And occasionally it will turn on but shut off after a few seconds, and if I turn it on again afterward it will run (but I never get an error on the debug LED). This makes me think that it might be the power supply starting to go, but I'm wondering if I'm simply having two issues at the same time. Would a faulty PSU cause the drivers to crash and those weird little blocks to show up randomly? But if that's the case, shouldn't I crash every time I try to do something like playing a game or running a benchmark?

I feel I can rule out the motherboard because I've actually tried two different setups, my old i7 920 setup and the one I have now, and the crashing and such occurred on both. I'm not entirely certain what's going on, so any help would be appreciated. My specs are in my sig.
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Those 2 pics look like artifacting to me. Are you having the same issue on 2 different computers using the same card? If so it looks to me like a video card problem. If it's under 30 days old most retailers will exchange it. If not then start the RMA process with the manufacturer.
    
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Hmm, it's starting to happen more frequently now, so I think I'll take your advice and just start the process. Does anyone have any idea why I have such seemingly odd symptoms?
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Looks like a faulty GPU to me
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Hmm, it's starting to happen more frequently now, so I think I'll take your advice and just start the process. Does anyone have any idea why I have such seemingly odd symptoms?
From my experience your symptoms are common for a failing card, especially if you have the same symptoms on multiple setups.
    
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