oh yea, I am running lots of new titles in DX9 in XP, and they look great. DX10 primarily has better looking smoke, fog, fire, water, etc. Not that big of a deal.
I run 1680 x 1050 and my 4870 is great, my 512 mb vram version by visiontek is clocked to 825/935 with 37% fan with a ASUSTOP bios flash. 55ish full load.45ish idle. My E8500 @ 3.8GHz is still the bottleneck in most games. I came from a 3850, which I liked, and this card is great @ the $200 price point. Can't beat it IMO.
Thanks everyone for all the help.
Power supply was bad. Replaced the mobo and had the same problem. Sent the EA430 back to antec, sent the new mobo back, installed a 430 W thermaltake. I tested all the voltages on the old PS before trying a new mobo. It seemed OK to me but apparently I don't know squat.
Same behavior regardless of orientation.
I guess in the morning I should try pulling the whole darn thing and eliminating any ground faults, as you guys have suggested.
I will keep u posted.
I will try this right now
new mobo for old system, doesn't sound very appealing.
If that's what it takes, what's an inexpensive AM2 mobo that will be reliable. Remember, the system's sole purpose is recording.
Or will abit replace this thing after a little over a year's use?
Have no spare mobo or PS. I just completed my second build ever. Mobo always was flaky. Sometimes it would no detect drives in certain SATA ports. I would then have to rearrange the plugs and reboot over and over til it 'saw' all my drives.
Tonight it won't power on at all. Mobo LED's come on with power supply switch, but I can hit the power button all I want. I tried just one or two sticks in different combinations in different DIMMs. Doesn't even try to boot. If it acts the way it has been it'll boot tomorrow but won't stay on. Weird. I guess I'm down to mobo, power supply, or power supply to the power supply issues. Any more thoughts?
Memtest ran a while, but when i checked on it the power was off again. I will now try one stick at a time.
dialed back my memory clock, started memtest and computer is still on. maybe silicon degraded a bit and clock became unstable. going to bed; if memtest is still running in the morning i will be happy. good suggestion. should have dialed back the overclock anyway. not gaming on it anymore. recording music. thanks again. we'll see