Originally Posted by partyboy75
RMA the faulty videocard. I lost almost a year to random freezes until I replaced HD4870 with HD5850. No crash in last 3 years with this card.
If it does turn out to be a driver issue or something like that then how is a new card going to solve the issue? It's not hard and doesn't take much time to do a little bit of self diagnostics which can prevent you from wasting much more time replacing a card that doesn't need replacing and ending up back at square one.
It's obvious that you have had a bad experience but its no ones fault but your own that it took a year to do something about it. With a little bit of testing and trial and error on your part you could have quite easily figured out whether it was a component issue or a user issue. If it was a component issue then why you waited a year to RMA it is on you. If it was a user error then it's no one else's fault is it. If it is down to a lack of knowledge on how to determine whether it is a faulty card or driver issue then your not really in a position to be giving out advice.
I'm no expert and I'm certainly not trying to say I have more right to post than anyone else but I've owned my fair share of cards and PC components and had my fair share of problems. To this day I have not had to RMA a single item because I find most problems come down to a users lack of knowledge. So when I have a problem I learn how fix it. With my new found knowledge my PC experience improves and I know how to solve the problem should it arise again. I don't mean to be an arse but just saying "replace it" because you've had a bad experience helps absolutely no one.Edited by Jokah - 3/2/13 at 4:07pm