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I Need A Cheap Graphics Card OR New Ram( SOLVED )

Steve
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I Need A Cheap Graphics Card OR New Ram( SOLVED )

As I am having problems with my pc freezing and other weird things, I've tested my ram but that seems OK, Only other thing I can think Of Is my Integrated Graphics Is Knackered, I don't know what type of graphics card to go for though so need some help, I wont be needing a powerful one and here Is the specs for my motherboard
Processor
• Socket LGA775 for Intel Core™ 2 Duo / Pentium® D Processor
• FSB 1333/1066/800/533 MHz
• Support Hyper-Threading Technology

Chipset
• Single chipset: GeForce7050 / 610i (MCP73V)

Memory
• Single-channel DDR2 memory architecture
• 2 x 240-pin DDR DIMM socket support up to 8 GB
• Support DDR2 667/533/400 DDR2 SDRAM

Audio
• Realtek ALC888/1200 8-channel HD Audio codec
• Compliant with HD audio specification

Storage
• Support by NVIDIA GeForce 7050/610I
- 1 x Ultra DMA133/100/66 port
 -4 x Serial ATAII 3.0Gb/s devices
• RAID 0, RAID 1 configuration

Peripheral Interface [Internal/Rear Panel]
1 x 24-pin ATX Power Supply connector
1 x 4-pin ATX 12V connector
1 x FDD connector
1 x IDE connector
4 x Serial ATA connectors
3 x USB 2.0 headers support additional 6 USB ports
1 x Front panel switch/LED header
1 x Front panel audio header
1 x S/PDIF out header, 1 x CD-in header
CPUFAN/SYSFAN connectors
1 x PS/2 keyboard & PS/2 mouse connectors
1 x Serial port (COM1)
1 x VGA port
1 x RJ45 LAN connector
4 x USB ports
1 x Audio port 8 CH 6 JACKS

Expansion Slots
• 1 x PCI Express x1 slot
• 1 x PCI Express x16 slot
• 2 x PCI slots

BIOS
• AMI BIOS with 8Mb SPI ROM
• Supports Plug and Play , ACPI& DMI
• Supports STR(S3)& STD(S4)

Onboard LAN
• Realtek RTL8101E Family PCI-E Fast Ethernet NIC

Video
• On Chip NVIDIA GeForce 7 Series Graphics Processing Unit (GPU)
• Share Memory: Maximum up to 256MB

Form Factor
microATX (9.60 inches by 9.60 inches [244 millimeters by 244 millimeters])
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MrT
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Re: I Need A Cheap Graphics Card

Before parting with some pennies, it might be worth re-installing or updating your graphics drivers. Smiley
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Re: I Need A Cheap Graphics Card

Steve,
The first question is how much memory have you installed and which operating system are you using.
The reason for this question is whether a graphics card with a decent amount of on board memory is preferred
Steve
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Re: I Need A Cheap Graphics Card

I am having real bother with my PC, And I can replicate my PC Crashing, I can always get It to crash or freeze when I run experience index test and Its freezing at running direct 3D aero assessment!
2gb of Ram and using windows 7 32 bit, Also my PSU only has an output of 250W.
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Steve
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Re: I Need A Cheap Graphics Card

Just ran windows own memory diagnostics test and the PC froze doing that, Also just ran Memtest86+ and the PC froze trying to test with that to. Bad ram? Any Ideas?
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Re: I Need A Cheap Graphics Card

Sounds like bad ram, try reseating them in the holders. Are you running memtest from a Live CD?
Steve
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Re: I Need A Cheap Graphics Card

Yeah already tried reseating them a few times but not got me anywhere, Yes was running that of the live CD.
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Re: I Need A Cheap Graphics Card

Try running on only one stick at a time
Steve
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Re: I Need A Cheap Graphics Card

OK I will give that a go Jim.
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Re: I Need A Cheap Graphics Card

Could also be the psu dropping out, do you have a spare to try?
Steve
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Re: I Need A Cheap Graphics Card

No I don't HB but I don't think Its dropping out, How would I be able to tell?
Edit I will report back once I have taken a stick of Ram out, One thing I have learned Is this PC Is bog standard, Not a happy chappy as Its only one year old
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Steve
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Re: I Need A Cheap Graphics Card

Well I have tried to replicate the complete freeze up again by running the windows experience index test. It has ran twice now, Albeit rather slowly but no crashing or lock ups. Took out a stick of ram Now running windows on just 1GB if that!
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Re: I Need A Cheap Graphics Card OR New Ram

You should now try the other stick and if that runs OK I suggest backing off the memory timings in the bios and then trying two sticks again
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Re: I Need A Cheap Graphics Card OR New Ram

Looking at just your processor alone Steve I'd say a 250W PSU is a bit low tbh.
I'm using a 2.8 Celeron with 1Gb Ram  - it's single core and all about 8 years old (so fairly old). Even so I'm using a 400w supply. Might just be worth trying another just in case.
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Steve
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Re: I Need A Cheap Graphics Card OR New Ram

OK Jim I will try the other stick of ram and report back.
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