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post #1 of 12
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Today I started getting artifacts on my desktop and when I opened Black Ops, my GPU has never given my artifacts before and it's not OC'd. Could it be from overheating (i haven't cleaned out my system in months)?
post #2 of 12
1-Overheating
2-defective GPU
3-defective memory
4-Not enough power supplied to the card.
5-pretty high overclock
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well i've had this card for almost a year, never given me problems so i doubt it's defective.

memory seems fine, boots fine. enough power to all components. no overclocked. so im guessing it's overheating since the fans are probably full of dust and hair (just recently got a husky and the amount of hair they let out is incredible.)
post #4 of 12
Try adding some filters on your case fans if you got lots of pet hair.

Check if its overheating by running MSI Afterburner, AIDA64, etc, they will all show your GPU temps. 90C would be dangerously hot to cause artifacts, you'd want it under 80C ideally.
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What is your current gpu temp?
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post #6 of 12
1-overclocked too high
2-not enough voltage on GPU
3-getting too hot to run the overclock without more voltage
4-GPU is dieing
5-memory is dieing

thats what the other guy should have posted....
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post #7 of 12
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well it seems like the card wasnt getting enough air. cleaned out the system and it's working fine... except for one problem.

now windows says it cant detect my speakers/soundcard
post #8 of 12
Sounds like your motherboard has been overheating. Keep a temp monitor program open at all times, I'd recommend AIDA64 with logging so you can see any temp spikes by date. Watch and log CPU/GPU/VRM/NB/SB.

For your soundcard try uninstalling it from device manager and reinstalling drivers, if that doesn't work try to remove and reseat the card in the motherboard, also can try putting it in a different slot.
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post #9 of 12
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ah, i love this site. thanks guys, everything is back in working order. i need to start cleaning out my system every other weekend.

and i had to reseat the soundcard for it to work.

again, thanks!
post #10 of 12
Fan filters on your case's intakes will make life easier if you have lots of dog hair flying around. Can just kind of peel the hair off the front instead of having it inside the case in your GPU fans. Don't let it clog though or your airflow will get cut down.

http://www.frozencpu.com/cat/l2/g47/c223/list/p1/Fan_Accessories-Fan_Filters.html
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