Need some help pls.
Purchased a new Maxx computer about a month ago spec is:
MSI K8T800 mobo
512mb PC3200 Dual channel DDR (2x256 hynix)
XFX 5950 ultra
sb 5.1 sound
Seagate 120gb 7200 HDD (not SATA)
DVD RW NEC 1300a
XP Home SP1
Direct x 9b
The graphics card was upgraded from the standard Radeon 9600 128mb model included via an online configurator option at purchase (I have a loyalty to NVIDIA :-) )
Included in the set up was a generic 300w psu.
On purchase I loaded up Far cry and everything was automatically set to high settings, played the game and all was dandy. I got as far as the camp which IIRC was just after the hang glider bit (sorry it's been a while since I played it) Then the computer turned itself off and upon re-booting I had blocks all across the screen. Couldn't do anything at this stage so tried an old card and voila all was well as far as getting the screen looking normal again, didn't try FC as this is an old card.
Spoke to the retailer and they gave me a new 5950. Checking out various forums it seemed the PSU might not be man enough for the card so leaving aside whether the computer should have been sold with the PSU supplied and that particular graphics card I upgraded to a new true power 550w PSU
Now when I load up the screen is fine at load up but when I try to load a saved game it just stutters/freezes and I mean really slowly as to make it unplayable.
The only other thing worth mentioning is the MOBO came with a piece of software called Core Center and this is showing my 3.3v as 2.91 and flashing warning me about it. I don't know how accurate this software is and don't have any other way of checking the true voltage coming out of this rail.
Any thoughts would be appreciated.