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I know this is a noob question but I have to ask since I am a noob:

I had a 6600 LE and it was artifacting really bad on css I tried to reinstall driver, checked my installation of the card itself and few other things I could think of. Nothing worked so I called tech support and they said bad card!
I sent it back for replacement but in the mean time I bought a 7800GT

I got it yesterday, installed it, new driver and all and its doing the same thing.
I was wondering if it could just be my settings in the nvidia control panel?
any ideas? I could show a screen shot if it will help? Oh ya it only does it on some maps like dust2 and aztec I did reinstall game but do dice.
 

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Ya that's it!
pci-e What are the odds of 2 bad cards? I have some bad luck but....
I checked my bios the pci-e is selected for primary use. I see on the evga site people are having similar problems, maybe bad batch of cards. But that doesnt explain my other card doing the same thing! Both are stock, both new, temps good, a river of knowledge and not a drop to be had
 

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OK after about 19 hours of straight googling
and reading every thing I could I think I've got it?
I did everything short of clean install and finally after reading how volts could effect my card, and a reply from evga's support tech, Jacob K, "Make sure the 12v rail is not dipping below 11.75v"
I got out my fluke.

Thanks to a reply in another thread by slow'puter:Turn off your PC.
Insert DMM leads on the molex
Turn on PC.
repeat as necessary

12v: red lead on the orange lead of the molex, black lead on any black of the molex.
5v: red lead on the red lead of the molex, black lead on the black of the molex.
3.3v: For this you will need the AUX Connector Only, or a combination of the AUX and 4-pin Molex. Insert the red probe into either one of the two orange 3.3v connectors on the AUX connector. Insert the black probe into any of the black ground connectors on the AUX connector, or the 4-pin Molex connector.
I did just so: 11.79 volts just in windows, ran demo from 3dmark05 and it dropped to 11.05 by the end of demo.
I tested of off the molex that y's off the 6pin on the card, also one other spare.
So is it safe to say that it is a bad psu? Again I am a noob so I would appreciate any feedback anyone can give as I am just a humble man in a harsh world!
 

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Yeah it is probably a bad psu...try the other pci-e plug.
 

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Well, it does sound like your PSU is most likey the problem. If you have a better PSU, slap that in and give it a go. If not, try unplugging everthing you can and see if you can keep the voltage up. If you can and the artifacting goes away, get a new PSU (heck, get a new PSU anyway, lol) I would get a Sunbeam Nuuo 550w. Definitly the best bang for your buck (SLI certified, 550w, modular, sleaved, dynamic fan controll, rock stable and under $90. What more could your ask for?)
 

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It is quite possible that the model of your PSU just isn't capable of producing enought Ampires to support your card, Or maybe your PSU is just fualty . Either way i would of get it checked by hooking it up to friend's computer or borowing a PSU from some one...
 

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Ok I unplugged everything but hdd, mobo, and card, even took my sound card out. ran 3d mark each time I tested a plug, tested every plug I have,
all about the same readings. The best I could do is about 11.32 with the card working.
Even at start up it dropped to 11.45 volts so?
The card draws about 5 amps and my psu is at the threshold of amperage in the specs for the card(22 amps on the 12 volt rail)
This would also effect my cpu performance right?
 

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It seems your PSU is taking a dump, or is just not good enuf'

Post what the sticker on th PS says, like what brand and the amps,
 

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your 600w psu only has 22a on the 12v rail?!?! get rid of that.

see that's why people are often so confused about psus....

an Antec smaertpower 2 350w has 2 12v rails w/ 10a and 15a
the FSP 450w psu I just got has 2 12v rails w/ 18a on each.

both of those psus are probably more powerful than your 600w... your current psu is definately the problem! it is not near powerful enough for your system.

depending on price range here are the best psu's you can get.
under 100 - sunbeam nuuo 550w
under 200 - seasonic s12-600
over 200 - pc power and cooling 510 express sli (or a better pc power and cooling model)
 

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I see what u are saying now lol did not know any better when I got it. Hence "noob" hehehe ~living is learning~
Dual cooling fans
Supports Pentium 4 and AMD
FCC,TUV,CE certified
Protection circuits for inrush current, over current and over temperature
Supports "Pentium 4" and "AMD Athlon" systems
AC Input 115VAC -or- 230VAC 50/60Hz
+3.3V 45A
+5V 50A
+12V 22A
-12V 0.8A
+5Vsb 2A
Total Output 680Watts Max
Connectors
1 x 20 pin ATX Main Power
1 x 4 pin Pentium Auxiliary Power
1 x P4 +12V ATX Power
2 x Floppy Power
1 x SATA Power connector
5 x 4P Peripheral
AC Power Cord

well I appreciate the help I guess I will be getting new power supply.
 

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yeah, your psu is capable of supplying 680w max power... but the problem is that the majority of the power is on the 3.3v and 5v rails...

older computers primarily used the 3.3v and 5v rails and that is why a lot of power supplies still have most of their amps on these rails... the problem is that today's computers draw most of their current from the 12v rails... so the newest psus have more power on the 12v rail(s) and not as much on the other rails as they used to.

for example, my Seasonic S12-600 which is widely held as the best psu for under $200 has rails like this:
3.3v 30a
5v 30a
12v1 18a
12v2 18a

so you see my psu has almost double the amps on the 12rails (mine has 2) and much less power on the 3.3v and 5v rails
 

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OK I put the new psu in(antec smart power 500w) for now.
Much better, still have some snow like artifacts will try to do what: (TheWaxShop) said about the delta settings.

One more question, my psu has a 6 pin pci-e connector on it, should I use that or use the adapter that came with and have 2 4 pin molex's plugged in?
thanks guys!
 
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