I got a new GTX 570 in the mail today, installed it and also tidied up the cables in the system. So far so good. Still a little nervous, half expecting the system to crash, but nothing like that so far! Skyrim had a few issues, but nothing I couldn't recover from. Which brings me to an interesting observation. With the previous video card, I never saw Skyrim (the program) fail. I would only see the whole system crash. Now, I see the crash to desktop (rare) and the occasional video driver crashed thing (also rare).
One scary thing - about an hour into play, I heard a loud grinding. Turns out the sound card was touching the fans on the GTX 570. I couldn't do much more to separate them, so I ended up removing the sound card and switched to onboard audio.
|See how close the sound card (top) is with the video card? Yikes.|
When I get the 2nd GTX 570 in, it will be really crowded in there with the sound card. I'm thinking of gerry rigging some kind of wedge between the sound card and the video card, but in the meantime, I'll give the onboard audio a try.
It's been almost a week and so far so good. Now if only the 2nd GTX 570 gets here soon...