about upgrading my home computer to be able to run Revit. I successfully monkeyed with my box to be able to run Revit 2012, but now my firm has upgraded me to Revit 2013, for which my video card no longer works properly. The major complication now is that I got the only video card I could find that worked with Revit and fit my motherboard, so this time it won't be as simple as just switching out the card. What's my best course of action to remedy the current situation? Technical stuff, specs and further questions after the jump.
Basically, what's happening is that every once in a while, more frequently for certain actions with the program, my screen will go blank, then come back, and I get an error message saying that my video card has stopped working and recovered. Revit then fails and shuts itself down. To fully correct the system, I have to restart the computer; if I just start up Revit again, the video card fails again almost instantly. The video card is listed in the link below (you have to change the filter to show all cards tested) as having stability issues, and boy, howdy. All other aspects of the computer seem to be functioning fine with the program - my processor isn't quite up to spec but I'm not running really slow or anything. As in the previous question, I'm not doing anything super-fancy like detailed renderings or building fly-throughs; I'm just modeling buildings in black and white and producing line-drawing construction documents.
A lot of the technical info for my computer can be gleaned from the previous question, but here's the basics:
HP P6510F computer specs
In the last go-round, I upgraded the video card to an ATI FireGL7600, took out one of the 2GB memory sticks and added 3 4GB sticks (giving me a total of 14GB currently), and upgraded the power supply to a 650W unit. I'm running Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit.
Revit 2013 system requirements
List of video cards tested for Revit 2013
So, the main issue here is that my motherboard supports a PCI Express x16 video card connection, and the video card I got at the time was the only type I could find at NewEgg
with that configuration that was recommended for Revit, and they apparently don't even stock cards with that configuration any more. That means that I'm going to have to go with something that's a PCI Express 2.0 x16 or something similar, which I assume my motherboard will not support. Is that assessment correct? That means that in addition to getting a new video card, I'm going to have to upgrade the motherboard if I plan on keeping the same computer, which brings us to the more detailed questions:
1. Is it even worth trying to upgrade my current computer, or should I just buy/build/have built a new box to spec?
2. If upgrading the computer is worth it, is this something I could potentially do myself (note that the previous upgrade I made is the only experience I have with messing around inside the shell of the computer) or should I have a pro handle it? I would like to basically keep all the other things in the computer the same and just switch out the motherboard and video card (possibly the memory if my current memory doesn't work with the new motherboard), so that would also mean I'd have to remove and re-install the processor, and maybe some other things.
3. Will upgrading the motherboard lead to any other complications or jack up my program licensing?