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I think my video card might be dying.

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So, I've been having some graphical issues for a while now.

First and foremost, there's a specific location in the lower right corner of my screen where one pixel is flickering green. This happens especially when that part of the screen is black (when watching a movie or whatever). Has been doing that for a while, but kinda put it aside as that my screen might be dying, but I was able to screenshot the pixel at one point and move it about in paint, so there goes that theory. I've noticed more pixels doing this lately. Always the same ones though, and nothing that I can't live with, but still, it seems like a symptom of something else.

Another thing that's been happening is graphical glitches. For instance, I get large spikes in Crysis (medium/high settings), coming from my hand, as if someone just decided the guy needed to be bloody Wolverine. This only happens after about 10 minutes gameplay, so my first thought was overheating. Ran a stability test from FurMark for an hour, didn't go above 67 Celsius (which although a bit on the hot side, isn't enough to overheat, I'd say).

I had some other graphical glitches as well, plus a message earlier when Minecraft crashed on me, by having the screen flicker about and whatnot, telling me something about Nvidia and openGL, but I accidentally closed it before I could completely read it.

So, I might be wrong here, but it seems like an issue with my graphics card. Like I said, I ran a stability test with FurMark for an hour earlier, and it went fine, but should I let it run longer or something? Not that experienced with stuff half dying on me like this. Also haven't ruled out the fact that I become paranoid by minor glitches, and I'm overreacting, but meh.

What do you guys say?
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Green artifacts often mean heat damage. You can remove the heatsink, clean off all old TIM and blow out all dust, put some new TIM in, and try it again. You might also need to bake the card to fix any cracked solder points. I had an 8800 GTS that was artifacting and BSOD'ing like crazy and baking it actually fixed it.
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