My Radeon 9800 PRO has been acting up ... sometimes pixels flicker on the screen when doing non-graphic intensive tasks (like web surfing). The real problem is, when I try to play Oblivion, the game either locks up cold (screen freeze) or I get kicked out to Windows with a "Oblivion has had a serious error and failed. Would you like to send an error report to Microsoft?" message.
Occasionally I get a similar message, except it will say something specific like "the video card has stopped responding to commands."
Anyhow, this is a home brew box that's a couple years old with an AGP port and no PCI-E ports. The Intel processor is around 2.5 GHz (Hyperthreaded for her pleasure) and I've got 2 GB of RAM. I know AGP is dead and I need a PCI-E, but I don't really want to build a new machine right now, I'd rather just get a new video card to put in this box.
So ... I was looking at this:
http://tinyurl.com/eyxg2 (Newegg, not goatse. Trust me.)
Should I pull the trigger? I can buy computer hardware under $200 without permission from the account manager (my wife). I hate to spend anything if the problem is elsewhere, but it seems to be the video card to me. And is this Sapphire card garbage? Is my money better spent elsewhere?
I'm pretty upset - I was so geeked about the 9800 Pro when I got it. In retrospect, with the driver problems I've had and now an apparent hardware failure - it's not exactly going into my retired hardware Hall of Fame.