Your condescending answer, unsolicited advice about computer parts and maintenance and assumptions about a complete stranger over the Internet notwithstanding, you do make some good points.Kirisute wrote:every game release you ever see these days has a number of threads stating that the new game has fried their pc!
some are genuine..
some are bollox..
some are just muppets who have never taken the side off their pc and cleaned a fan of dust a crap in their life!
now in my experience (nie on 18 years as an IT tech building and repairing these infernal machines) ive never once seen a video go BANG!
ive blown cpu's up; ive nuked floppy drives; ive set fire to usb cables and watched smoke billow out of a power supply...but never once has a video card gone BANG!
a power supply goes BANG!
and a power supply going BANG can and will wipe out a video card; that is under stress because it trying to draw too much power from the power supply to keep its fan going to keep it cool whilst pushing pixels at a decent framerate!
LOG didnt frag your pc...a cheap arse power supply that couldnt handle the pressure has fragged your pc!!
as an exemplar i used to run a GTX295 in my pc here in the office. i ran it happily on a 550 watt power supply for years! never an issue. then recently i started getting the occasional pc restart when booting a game up.
so checked everything..didnt find much...decided to swap the power supply out! GTX295's eat power like shreddies! reccomended psu for them was 750 watts....anyway i grabbed a 750 watt "gaming" supply off my stock shelf and slammed it in....everything worked fine until i stress tested the card with Furmark....
the temps started to ramp up..10 degrees...15 degrees...fan speed upped nicely...BANG!! power supply blew up!
thats simply power demand from GPU being too much for the PSU to handle....
a 460gtx is reccomended at least a 450 or 500 watt psu..personally with todays reliance on USB id not run one on anything less than a 550 watt with guaranteed 12v rails to power the card...that means a decent high end supply from a well known manufacturer like thermaltake or OCZ etc
You are absolutely correct. The power demand from the GPU can be too much for a power supply to handle under certain circumstances.
But I need to clarify a couple things:
1) I never said the video card went bang.
2) I am well aware a power supply going can nuke a video card, that is exactly what happened to me, and what I described.
3) Many other people on this forum have reported Legend of Grimrock causes their nVidia cards to run hot; mine did, and then apparently suddenly needed more power than my poor old power supply could handle.
4) This same card and power system were able to run Witcher 2, a very graphic-intensive game, on high settings with no need for the GPU onboard fan to ever speed up like it did for Legend of Grimrock.
5) My shitty old 9600 GT is running the game just fine now on highest settings, and no increase in heat whatsoever.
As I said, Maybe it's only newer cards that are having problems?