Great Start to 2010

It’s 2010 now and still no spaceships or hover-boards in sight.  It just doesn’t seem right.

I decided to ring in the new year with some good ol’ fashioned computer game playing.  My daughter was spending the day with the grandparents so I was free to do as I pleased.  I’ve neglected my PC somewhat over the last little while in favour of my Xbox 360.  Approaching six years old now, my PC isn’t quite up to snuff on the newer games, but it still chugs along well enough.  I suspect I’ll be getting a new PC some time this year, but in the mean time, this old beast will need to keep chugging for a little while longer.

Anyway, I fired up Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (received as a Christmas present) and settled in for some shootin’.  About five minutes in my PC froze up and I was left looking at a screen full of oddly coloured artifacts.  After a quick reboot, I re-launched the game.  A few more minutes and another crash.  One more reboot, one more crash.  Damn.

I launched Unreal Tournament III to see if it would run okay, hoping to determine if the crashes were because of Call of Duty or because of the video card, and UTIII crashed in a similar matter.  The difference this time however, was after rebooting, even my desktop was full of graphical artifacts.  The problem was no longer restricted to 3D games.  Crap.

Long story short, my video card is now toast.  The real sucky thing about it is that my PC still uses the AGP bus, which means my options for video cards are very limited at this point.  I’ll be heading out tomorrow to see if I can find a store with an AGP card in stock, and failing that, I guess I’ll have to buy online.  I’m currently looking at either the Radeon HD 4650 or the Radeon HD 3850.  Some quick Internet browsing is telling me that the 3850 is better for games, but really, at this point all I’m looking to do is prolong the life of this PC until I get a new one.  I’m under no delusions that this thing really qualifies as a “gaming PC” any more.

Off to a roaring start to the year!

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