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Recently RMA'd a 6600GTOC due to corrupt screen/artifacting without any overclocking by myself!! They replaced the card, sent me another one, great. I've been running the replacement for a couple weeks now with no problem, had it overclocked at the 'detect optimal frequencies' which pushed it up from 525 to 568 and 1.05 to 1.14. Had no artifacting at all playing games like age of empires 3, civilization 4, doom 3 and NFS most wanted on nearly full quality. Well, I was playing NFS most wanted yesterday when all of a sudden my computer just shut off, and would NOT turn back on, EXCEPT, if I pull the 6600GTOC, everything works fine and dandy using the onboard gfx. So I called Ultra and they said its not the PSU if the cpu works without the BFG installed. Then I took it to Staples were I bought the computer (Vaio VGCRB30) and had it tested, works fine with one of they're pci-e gfx cards. So, here I am again ready to RMA another BFG card for a 2nd time. Good Grief. I wonder if I frazzled it by overclocking??? oh and by the way the guy at Staples told me to bargain with BFG for a different 'none overclocked card'
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well that's really rough to get that from BFG they're susposed to be a good company. at least they have 24hour support and a lifetime warranty. There could actually still be a problem w/ your psu. the ultra x-connects have been known to blow up and take components with them. I honestly would not trust an ultra psu. since the rest of your system works it may not be the issue... but if it happens when you're playing games and the such that could be it.

another thing to look at is temps.... what does your case have for cooling? since the problem seems to happen during gameplay it could be that your cards are overheating and frying themselves. check your idle/load temps
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Sucks for you. I haven't had a gfx card go bad in a while, but that's really weird that it would go bad like that. Next time, go a little below optimum.
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well that's really rough to get that from BFG they're susposed to be a good company. at least they have 24hour support and a lifetime warranty. There could actually still be a problem w/ your psu. the ultra x-connects have been known to blow up and take components with them. I honestly would not trust an ultra psu. since the rest of your system works it may not be the issue... but if it happens when you're playing games and the such that could be it.

another thing to look at is temps.... what does your case have for cooling? since the problem seems to happen during gameplay it could be that your cards are overheating and frying themselves. check your idle/load temps
I have not done anything at all to mod my case, its a stock VAIO case with one fan at the back, not much room in this thing. How do I check temp while ina game, just jump back to the desktop with the windows key and check? whats a really good power supply company? oh by the way BFG is advance shipping me a new card and waving the shipping fees and I live in Canada, thats good of them atleast.
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dude i bet it is ur power supply, I have the same one and mine is the problem for my 7800 gt oc crashin the system. I mean same thing happens all the time. I am gonna get another psu soon. Check antec and silverstone out. Meanwhile, i wouldnt return the gfx card.

I have the BFG tech card too and its not the card.

The ultra psu cant hold a stable 12 v and 5 v rail. My 3.3 isnt bad tho. Just the others.

Get a new psu, and try that before replacing the card.
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well if you install coolbits you'd have to quick minimize the game and look right away... another way is to install the new beta version of ati tool and just tell it to scan for arctifacts. it will heat up your card pretty decent and tell you what it is. just let that program run for like 40 min.

and as for good power supplies. I really like my Seasonic. Antec, enermax, and ocz all make good ones. pc power and cooling is probably the best.
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bfg...I always thought there was something screwy going on with that operation...hell...we could start our own lifetime warranty guarantee for the 6800gt's or whatever we decide to overclock...shoot, there are bios' out there that we could modify to our own standards, and get better results than BFG and better reliability for the same price...silly OC's!
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Just for shats and giggles, can you test it with any other PSU? I'm not a big fan of the Ultra's, so can you test it with, say, an OCZ or an Antec?
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Originally Posted by soloz2
and as for good power supplies. I really like my Seasonic. Antec, enermax, and ocz all make good ones. pc power and cooling is probably the best.
Try to get one of these. You'd be able to run at least two decent rigs with that.
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post #10 of 12
well, if the mobo is good and the gpu is good on a separate mobo, you might have some stuff in the pci-e slot that is causing a short and the no-start issue.

EDIT: these 1kwatt psu's are odd, they are poppin up all over the place now, and I fear that computers are going to become heavy power users more than the televisions in out homes and appts. If only the efficeintcy of these systems could be imporved....that would be the solution...not more power...ugh!
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