My graphics card (ATi Radeon 9800SE) developed a serious over-heating problem, even-though I installed a cooler-fan... It will get so hot that you can't touch the processor for more than 1 sec (unless you like the pain), and if I play a 3D game, the computer will restart after detecting dangerous temps of the card.
I don't know what's wrong, and I don't care.
It's going to be at least 4-6 months until I could get enough money to buy a new (latest & greatest) computer, so I decided to buy a new graphics card for now.
Currently the machine is open with a fan beside it, to cool the card down...
I looked around the web to see some cards in comparison to my dying card, but I'm also interested in hearing what you guys (and girls?) have to say about this..
Which company (ATi or nVidia) are known to best support linux? This includes developing new features for Linux over time... (I heard the new nVidia drivers are something-something). Which would you recommend?
My motherboard (Asus P4P8x) supports only DDR2, so no DDR3 cards please
I thought about getting a nVidia GeForce 7600 GS
(256mb, 128bit, DDR2, AGP x8, OpenGL 2.0, 12 pipelines)
What do you think about this one?
How much of an improvement will this card be compared to my current POC (piece of c***) graphics card?
Thanks for the help!