I just upgraded my 256 meg PCI-e video card with a Sapphire Radeon x1650 PCI-e 512 meg card. I can seemingly run Crysis with no issues (other than it's still on low settings) but when I run Gears Of War my UPS starts screaming that it is experiencing an overload situation? It comes and goes but mostly it stays in alarm while the game is running. I have a Smart UPS 420 and only my Monitor, Mid-tower and woofer are plugged into the UPS via a surge protector. Is there a program out there that will monitor my power usage while I have the game running? I have a 350amp PS and did not experience any problems with my 256 meg card for these games. Does this card draw that much more power? From what I can understand from the specs on the UPS, it can handle 260W or 420VA. Is it possible that GOW exceeds these parameters but Crysis doesn't? I find that hard to believe!
I'm running XPPro and a P4 D 3.4 Gzh with 2 GB DDR2 memory. I'm also running an SB Audigy sound card. Any insight would be helpful!! The game is no fun with the alarms going off!!