I decided to jump on a deal my friend was putting up, and bought his BFG Tech 6800 OC for 150.00. It was brand new, in box, so why not, I figured.
I installed it, without first upgrading my PSU (BFG recommends minimum 300w, my system has a 250w). So, understandibly, when I fired up my PC, I was getting intemittent freezes, and I realized what was going on.
I could only locate online, a 300w PSU (BFG's minimum) that was compatible with my PC, so I bought it, and upgraded it. However, the glitching never went away. i even went as far as to have BFG replace my card with a new one, and it was then that I realized that even with my old card (Radeon 9600) that the glitching continued. Something worse was happening.
Flash to last Saturday, I boot up that morning, and my HP splash screen comes up, only it's broken, with the top half on the bottom, and the bottom half on the top. Plus, the're all kinds of weird see through lines in the display. So i figure it's something with the video card again, and place the 9600 back in. no go, still reboots with the lines. I reboot once again, and it takes, although my splash screen is still broken, and even when I go into the BIOS setup, it's barely readable.
Needless to say, on this last boot up, I backup all my data, until it freezes, and locks up. I reboot, and there's a BSOD, and instant reboot. I was unable to change this feature, as not even safe mode worked.
In the end, HP is picking it up free of charge, and either fixing it/replacing it. However, my concern is - Was this caused by my installation of the video card without the min PSU?
Any insight into this is appreciated.