The second image is something with your vid card or
drivers. You may have "particle density" set too high
in More GFX; no one should be using more than medium
(this is our most fiercely "futureproofed" variable, and it
will be a long time before a system can run comfortably
with it set to "full"; it can really tax your vidcard). with
a 4000 series ATI card, consider setting it low.
Its only actually happened once so far and for only a few seconds - when Dover Docks were bombed. But yeah I will turn it down from 'full' - its the first time Ive had those things set on maximum actually I usually set everything on high. Thanks for pointing that out. Didnt have any problems with high settings.