as you say i need a new PSU, what kind do you suggest? what are the good ones out there?
Also, what i dont understand is that when i got my PC (over 4 years ago now) i never had these problems and the power supply was still the same power supply. So whats changed? I have the same monitor, same speakers, same keyboard and mouse, same cable modem. All i ve changed is adding another 512Mb of ram, bought a new printer to replace my old one (this one is a laser USB one, whereas the older one was connected via a printer cable and was inkjet) and replace my CD RW with a DVD RW. Surely those additions cant now render the power supply incapable of powering my PC?
With regard to the motherboard, again what kind do you suggest? what are good suitable ones out there?
With regard to Radeon 9550, mine is not sapphire whatever that is. it is Connect 3d. i have the 7.7 update. When you say its 'an old card that also isn't particularly great at all' are you refferring to my 9550 or yours?
The only reason i got this 9550 was so i could get my pc displayed on my TV as well to watch videos etc on my larger TV screen. My old graphics card ( a GeForce one ) was not causing any problems at all and ive still kept it safe. Do you suggest taking out the ATI 9550 one and putting the GeForce one back in? its only a 64Mb card tho compared to the 256mb of the 9550. is it worth my while?
I wouldnt buy parts off ebay unless they were new and sealed and from reputable buyers. im fairly experienced on aebay anyway so know what to avoid and what not to. I only mentioned it to sell the 9550, if its was indeed this that was causing me problems.
Thanks for your insight. Please respond to my questions if you have the time as it would be greatyl appreciated.