I'm not sure if all the reports of the Radeon 9800's overheating are true, alot of people could, as said a number of times before, just be jumping on the bandwagon to go against ATI.
I for one would never do this. All the GPU's I've ever had were ATI Radeons (First one being a 9200-SE), and I've loved it ever since. I'm not blaming Radeon for this problem, I just believe they should look into it a bit further.
Well, that's my rant on that subject
My new 500W Power Supply turned up today, and I installed it. Everything SEEMS to be working well... I played Neverwinter Nights for over 2 hours straight with no problems (except for a crash, which involved Hardware Sound Support, and nothing to do with my previous problems, but I fixed that). I also played Battlefield 2 for a while (which is running like a dream now that I have 1GB of ram ), however that crashed after about 10 minutes. I think, from reading around, that this also was a sound problem ([bleep] games and their lack of sound support), and I've fixed that one up as well, however I haven't tried it again...
Just to recap, because of my freezing I've bought and installed the following:
Thermaltake Giant III Video Cooler - AU$53.00
512MB DDR400 PC3200 DIMM - AU$90.00
500W X-Connect PSU - AU$175.00
So overall I've spent over AU$300 on this problem, and that's not even including postage, since I buy everything online. So this better work *glares at computer*...
I'm thinking if I have any more problems, I may have to put it in for a professional service, but I don't want it to come to that.
Ah well, as usual, I'll keep you all updated.
Also, warriorscot, I also have the latest 5.8 Catalyst Drivers and 1.1 .Net Framework...
Ever since I upgraded to the 5.8 drivers, the computer stopped freezing on desktop and only in games, which makes me think that part of the problem was the drivers.
And idenwa, sorry to hear about your problem. I had a friend who's fan burnt out after a short time as well, thus why I was all too eager to by an aftermarket cooler. But even before I bought it my fan was fine (my finger can prove it ), and ran well, as does the new Thermaltake Giant III cooler's fan.
During desktop work, I leave the fan on LOW speed and it works fine. I've left it on for over 48 hours straight recently last weekend, and didn't have a problem with it, not one freeze, so I was ecstatic about that.
During gaming, I turn it up to medium, and it runs fine as well, lately... Sometimes I will turn it on high, say during a LAN when there will be long amounts of gaming for hours on end.
I hope you get your problem sorted out soon
Thanks again all, remember, any help is GREATLY appreciated (am I repeating myself alot, or what? )...