I can say for sure this card can take a a pretty decent licking bceause once you get everything sorted out it manages to stay together. I ran my 7900gs at all it could take with the stock cooling and it didnt last very long but the 8600gt in the other system faired better. I realize running stock cooling isnt a good idea but I would have thought the card would have given me a warning before giving up the ghost. Since i was a little less than satisfied with my results with the 7900gs Im thinking of going to upgrade my mobo and chip but I wont be able to do it all at once. Well Im going to head to another section to see what I can get for $200 for a mobo and cpu.