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Old 01-04-2012, 12:39 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello, I really need someones help here!

For the last few weeks I have been attempting to diagnose an issue with my PC! It used to run more or less any game without fail, I could even often play on the highest settings... But recently? Everything seems to either flash, flicker or stretch out the textures!

Here are some videos of the games with their respective issues:

Skyrim: (Beware: If watched non-sober you may puke!)
Star Wars: Force Unleashed II:
The Sims 3:

As you can see, they all have their own issues... I decided to try some old games and the first two I tried were GTA Vice City and San Andreas.

Vice City was very normal, and not much to mention, but San Andreas had the same issue as the Sims 3 and Skyrim just to a lesser extent!

Here is San Andreas:

After it first happened I assumed it was that the graphics card had needed a driver update, so I done that and restarted the game... and it had the same issue! Tried pretty much everything to fix it up to the point where I gave up and done a full destructive restore to factory settings, after hours of screwing around doing that I put in a game and... exactly same as it was before the restore!

Finally, I was talking to a friend of mine about the issue, and he is very into PC's and even builds and repairs them on his spare time, he lives too far away to personally come and check it out but when I showed him the videos he said he thought it was a graphics card issue, I agreed but found it strange because all other things the computer does is fine, with the only other slight issue being that when I watch movies if I leave the player to check the internet without hitting pause, and then click back to the player once I'm done, the screen will take a few (10ish) seconds to unfreeze itself from the scene I turned from, and suddenly it'll play fast until the picture reaches the audio from the scene it's actually at!

Anyway, I would just like to know 100% that it is a graphics card issue before I go out and spend money on a new one!

Thank you in advance

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What are you temperatures like? Show us a screenshot of HWMonitor. Also would be nice to see the temps when you are gaming. Just leave it open when you play.

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Here you go

Although when I played Skyrim before, I checked the temps with Everest and my GPU had made it all the way up to 106 degrees in the parts where I done the video, in game it's normally around 80-95... Sims 3 also was around around 88 all the time though...
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