PC hardware forum: Is it time to get a new Video Card?

by: hershey444 December 27, 2012 4:47 PM PST

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Is it time to get a new Video Card?

by hershey444 - 12/27/12 4:47 PM

I have been troubleshooting an annoying continually loud fan on my 3-yr old Dell XPS 8000 Studio for awhile. I've just confirmed the noise is definitely from the fan on the GTS 240 nVidia card. I think that is a special version built for Dell.

So now what? Is there any way to manage this to reduce the noise? Or do I just have to buck up and buy a new card? I know I will have to get one that is compatible with the existing PSU (350W) too because I would rather not replace that as well.

The noise has been going on for well over a year, so I don't think it is harmful per se. Although I have experienced a few random crashes and freezes in the past couple of months, I think the major internal dust cleaning I just did will resolve that.

p.s. no game playing or major display stressing going on here. Just routine stuff. I passed the Dell video diag test.

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