Here's a few more things you can try before buying a new video card:
Try increasing the GPU fan speed to 100% through the NVIDIA Control Panel:
- Right-click on the desktop, and select NVIDIA Control Panel.
- Then, select Device settings under the Performance heading.
- Select the GPU tab from the top row of pictures.
- Change the Geforce GPU (under the Cooling heading) to 100%.
If you still experience issues, you might want to try reinstalling NVIDIA drivers using a program that makes sure the old drivers are properly removed:
First, uninstall the NVIDIA drivers (if they are still installed) using Programs and Features
. You can get to Programs and Features
by clicking on the Start Button
, then clicking on Control Panel
. Then click Add or Remove Programs
. Once in Add or Remove Programs
, you need to find NVIDIA Drivers
and click Change/Remove
. (If you have an NVIDIA chipset, make sure the NVIDIA Display Driver checkbox is checked, then click Remove. Otherwise, just click Yes.
Next, please download and install Driver Sweeper
. (Click on the Download (Europe)
link, then scroll down and click on I Agree
Then, boot the computer into safe mode. To do this,
- Turn the computer on (or restart the computer if it is already on).
- Start tapping the F8 key. The Windows Advanced Boot Options Menu appears. If you begin tapping the F8 key too soon, some computers display a "keyboard error" message. To resolve this, restart the computer and try again.
- Ensure that the Safe mode option is selected.
- Press Enter. The computer then begins to start in safe mode.
Next, open the program, Guru3D Driver Sweeper
, that you just installed. Check the checkbox for cleaning NVIDIA - Display
drivers. Then press the Clean
Reboot normally (not into safe mode), and then, download and install the drivers found here
. (I'm having you install drivers that are a little bit older but are known to have less issues than the 190.xx series drivers.)
Reboot when prompted, and let us know if you still receive the error message.
If those suggestions don't fix the issue, you may have to get a new video card. If you're satisfied with the performance you're currently getting, then the video card that's been recommended is fine, since it offers basically the same performance. However, since you said you like playing new games on the highest graphical settings, you certainly would need a more powerful video card. One of the best AGP cards is this HD3850
, but it is about $40 more expensive. You will also have to make sure your PSU can properly power it.