Last week I mentioned that we had two components of our main computer die - a hard drive and the video card. I sent the video card back for replacement and it turned out that particular model is no longer produced. Instead I'm being offered a comparable product, which uses the same "chipset" (i.e. same card, different sticker), or a refund. I'm going to go with a refund because in the six months since we bought first our card the prices have dropped significantly, so much so that we now have a choice in what to get:
- Pretty much the same card (nVidia Geforce 6200) but save $30.
- An upgraded version of the same card for the original amount, the nVidia Geforce 6600.
- A card with built-in video capture, but its slower than the one that failed on us, uses the X600XT chip by ATI.
I'm in a bit of a quandry as to what to do. I'd really like the video capture bit but that card is just terribly slow in comparison to even our older card, nevermind option #2 above. Ack!
This truly sucks! In the same day we had both a harddrive and video give up the ghost. The drive is out of warranty but the video card will be replaced/fixed by the store we got it from. The drive luckily didn't have anything irreplaceable on it, ironically I had put a lot of what was on it onto DVDs the other day, good timing or what. So, time to get our backup routine in order. <knocks-on-wood>