Hi there, I'll give you guys as much information as possible. Im running an old dell system (Dimensions 8100 p4 1.7 gig of ram) and a year old Sapphire Radeon 9700 pro agp- thankfully getting a new system next month but this computer will still be in use. I was playing some quite demanding games(for a dell) cs:s and rct3, when the detailed graphics started to go obscure, and whatever game became unplayable. Stupidly because this had happened on the odd occation in the past I persevered, as the graphics would flicker back to clear and then flicker back to obscure. So this is probably when the damage was done. Roughly since this time heavy distortion lines are apparent. hair lines down the dell logo on start up and the xp logo on loading. Aswell as slight distortion on the desktop background. I tried removing the card and cooling down my case overnight and also cleaned the card as the fan was very clogged. Tried removing the card for any signs of damage - nothing, and also tried the card in a different computer to find the same problem, so the monitor is ruled out. I also tried updating drivers and uninstalling drivers completely. The xp default drivers make a difference, with very slight distortion, however im not going to settle for running games in software mode on a clean install of the latest cat drivers, the desktop screen appears to be fine, then a 5 second blackout seems to change the quality down a peg and re-define these distortion lines. I used to have it overclocked, however at the time it wasnt. Is the card fried? It seems a sin to have to replace it (cost me £170 at the time) would appriecate any other suggestions I can try, or can the card be repaired somehow? If it is fried.. anyone suggest a similar card for roughly £50.