installed it and ran the program. it crashed. said something about the nvidia kernel driver crashing and recovered. was anly about 1min into the benchmark test
So, it's not the SWTOR game or the drivers.
Card seems to be having a problem running a full screen Direct-X app (which requires full processing power).
Still sounds like a bad video card.
thats what i figured and now its time to shell out for a new one. which i was hoping to avoid but i guess ill have to if i want to go back to gaming. what would be a good replacement?
I like AMD (78xx or 79xx nowdays). Other people like nVidia (670 or 680). Google it. Whole websites, sections, and articles about it.
If you have an Aurora R1 (x58) with optional 875w Power Supply ... you can run just about any single card solution under $500.
Did you ever try re-seating the card and it's power connectors? Is it clean? It it's little on-board fan turning?
You can turn on the system with the case open, avoid touching anything inside while the system is on.