I am having issues with my 3870. It starts up ok, the desktop is stable, video is stable, but I am having major problems with 3D graphics creation. At times, the screen will flicker polygons during a game, producing several artifacts, and at times, even crash (Mass Effect). I ran a 3DMark06 diagnostic, and it produced no artifacts, which I found odd. I am wondering, is it a video RAM fault or a motherboard RAM fault? Here is an example of one of the graphics glitches (CoD4), Thanks in advance!
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it looks like there is a compatibility issue with your video card . Supported Video Cards at Release Time: NVIDIA GeForce 6800/7600-7950/8600-8800/9600-9800/GTX 260-280 series ATI RADEON X1650-1950/HD 2400-2900/3650-3870/4650-4870 series
Three major components usually is causing this kind of problem. One is the memory card. Two the video card . and lastly worst is the motherboard. Check and clean your memory card first then put it back to its place of slot. Start your computer. If you hear one beep but still no pictures, the problem lies in your video card. If there's still no beep sound and picture, and you think your memory card is good, try to clean your video card, then start your computer. If there is still no picture, and you think your video card is good, then you have a problem with your motherboard. Indication that your cpu is working were, beeping sounds, lead lights blinking or changing sequence is present. If it is present, your monitor has a defect an needs to be replaced.But if none of this is present, we have a motherboard problem.
It sounds like you are experiencing artifacts of some kind. These can be caused by many factors: overheating, power issues or the card itself might have some bad memory. If you are not experiencing these issues in any other modern game, it could also be a driver related issue. So first thing is first - determine if you can recreate the issue. I would recommend a GPU stress test (Google OCCU or ATI Tool) and run that for at least 30 minutes to see if you get any other artifacts, or possibly crashes. If you do, there is definitely something wrong.
If you have had this card for some time now and it has always worked, it's highly likely that the card's memory is bad. The only way to know for sure is to test this card in another system, or test another card of equal performance in your current system. If the problem follows the card, then you know it's time to RMA (if you're under warranty) or get a different card.
Desktops are not nearly as problematic as laptops in this area, so you are in luck.
Depending on your video card, and if you don't have an up to date card, it would pay you in the quality of your video output to obtain one, there should be outputs on the card.
There would be no TV out (composite video) unless you have either a tuner card or a high quality maxed memory card.
Rather than recommending a specific card, which depends upon your particular configuration of clock speed of your cpu and how much memory you want to share with your video, I will recommend a class of cards that might help you, and a particular manufacturer or two.
The ATI cards have been superseded in my esteem by Radeon, though either is a good bet.
One card that will do you good is the Radeon HD 3870 with a half a Gig of DDR2 memory, so that your system memory doesn't have to do the whole graphics job. PCI Express 2.0 and the AGP version has DVI and TV out, and has Dual Lin Dual DVI HDTV connectivity HDMi support along with VGA and Blu-Ray and HD DVD support and just happens to be the cheapest of the cards, currently listed in Tiger Direct's catalog [LCB] for only 49.95
2GB RAM should be about $100, the same for installation. Your current graphics card meets the specs you provided. An upgraded video card will be about $200 for one that will work, $300 for one that will work well.