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Guild Wars 2, ati 4870x2 and freezing

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I have a big problem with my PC, it freezes.
I've been playing GW2 since it came out for very long periods per day and my PC started freezing. What happens is first I get some artifacts, only in game tho, they come and go then later at some point my PC just freezes. I hear music in the background but monitor goes on standby like if I turned the PC off, if I restart it it will just show locked cursor and I have to restart PC on button.

I have never had any problems like this and been playing for many hours and many more graphically intense games. I thought it was combination of hot weather and long day of playing that's causing it since it happens late night but weather cooled down a bit and it started appearing earlier but still at night.
I took the card out and cleaned it with air, haven't opened it because i don't have thermal paste to reapply at the moment but it fixed nothing.
I keep my fan at 100% and in game my temp is around 80 something degrees Celsius so Im not sure if its overheating, and its not clocked.

Any ideas what this might be and what to do? Never had similar issues, haven't changed drivers or anything in few months, they are legacy and latest ones.
Edited by No_LiMiT - 8/30/12 at 6:51am
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Updated drivers?

Sounds like an old and tired card trying to die.
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Yes I have latest ones, they are few months old and should be as stable as they can be. As for the age, I bought the card in October of 2008. Is there anything I can do to test what's wrong?
I planned on building new pc later this or next year but so far never had any issues or game I couldnt max or run on very high so not keen on switching just yet :/
If it is dying and I manage to be 100% sure of that, what card is as or more powerful as it but doesnt cost too much?
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560ti or 6870 would be comparable, but that depends on the resolution you run at.

As for cost, everyone has their own definition of "too much".
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Are you sure you are running the right drivers. 4000's are now in the legacy and not the same as the newer cards.
    
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you should have driver version 12.6 how ever i recommend an earlier version. i had to run the 12.1 drivers for my 4850x2 to properly work. also, you can take the shroud off, it is just the plastic peace that covers the fan and heat sinks. has like 6 screws you get to from the top, then clean them out with a toothbrush. it should help a lot. and 80 is way high for that card with 100% fan speed, should not really be over 65-70 unless it is 90+ in your room, that shows there is a cooling issue. could be dust caked on, could be the fan is going out, could be thermal paste or the gpu it self finally giving in.

first clean it really well. check fan rpms at 100% useing GPU-z.
if that is all fine then replace thermal paste.
if that did not work then i would say get a new gpu.
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560ti or 6870 would be comparable, but that depends on the resolution you run at.
As for cost, everyone has their own definition of "too much".
As little as possible heh, maybe 250$
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Are you sure you are running the right drivers. 4000's are now in the legacy and not the same as the newer cards.
Yeah it's the right one.
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you should have driver version 12.6 how ever i recommend an earlier version. i had to run the 12.1 drivers for my 4850x2 to properly work. also, you can take the shroud off, it is just the plastic peace that covers the fan and heat sinks. has like 6 screws you get to from the top, then clean them out with a toothbrush. it should help a lot. and 80 is way high for that card with 100% fan speed, should not really be over 65-70 unless it is 90+ in your room, that shows there is a cooling issue. could be dust caked on, could be the fan is going out, could be thermal paste or the gpu it self finally giving in.
first clean it really well. check fan rpms at 100% useing GPU-z.
if that is all fine then replace thermal paste.
if that did not work then i would say get a new gpu.
Ill clean it in the morning then, thought I had to take it apart. Card idles at 50 with fan on 70% atm since room temp goes up to 30 or more due to pc. After cleaning I'll do the rest
Will report tomorrow night I guess.
Edited by No_LiMiT - 8/29/12 at 9:11pm
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GW2 is working my 965 and 560ti to death. But I'm enjoying it! Jade Quarry is quite full atm.
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Just read my post and edited it, posted from ipad, so many mistakes... About to clean my card and do that other stuff, wish me luck.


Edit: Ok, vacuumed around case, air vents on it etc, then I switched to air blowing and oh boy, so much dust came out. Tried taking cover of my card but it wouldn't go, didn't want to force it.
Will post tonight what happens.

Edit2: cgy.png
It's underclocked because I'm not doing anything at the moment but fan is at 71% atm and I hear it but no matter how I change it in gpu z it stays at 40%
RPM does rise, at 100% it's around 4.8k so maybe just % is bugged.
Edited by No_LiMiT - 8/30/12 at 8:35am
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get msi afterburner. you can set custom fan profiles to automatically change fan speed based on temps. but 52 with 40% fan speed is not that bad. it is a shame you could not get the cover off to clean it more. also be careful using any kind of vacuum around computer parts, i have seen several people clean with a vacuum and the static it builds frys parts.
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