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Hey, Im new to this, and i got my graphics card overclocked, and i was wondering if my fan could overheat it. I have it set on different settings for different games. any answers would be great!
post #2 of 16
No, your fan shouldn't overheat it. Obviously, the fan is meant to cool it.

However, if you are experiencing high temps, there are several things you can do:

First and foremost, stop overlocking unless you feel like upgrading soon. Get a better case, possibly one that you can put an outlet fan right near the GPU position. You can consider water cooling, which these days is a reasonable alternative price-wise.

Other than that, clean the card! Dust can heat it up a bunch. it's my understanding 9800's won't run as hot as 8800's did, but I may be off on that. Just be careful with temps. I know the general rule of thumb is you don't want it in the 80-90C range. I try to stay below 70. I get bad feelings in my stomach at 70 .

Good luck!
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Thats the thing, i have literally 50 cents to my name, and i know its meant to cool it

and it does need cleaning. i took it out the other day and it was reeeaaalllllyyyy dusty. idk why i diddnt clean it then... and im pretty sure my temps are good, i dont have a side of my case cuz its bent and if it was on in the first place, im 99.9% positive that it would overheat.

I dont have any dust off tho, is there any other way i could clean it?
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Easy, cheap way? Pull the card out, and spend ten minutes blowing through it, and poking kitchen towels into it carefully to remove as much dust as possible. Alternatively, you could try short bursts with the regular hoover.
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Well naturally some type of forced air is the best way.

If you can't get in touch with that, first thing to do is check your warranty, if you're out of warranty --

Get yourself a small screwdriver set and start taking the heatsink off. from there, you should be able to get the fan off, hand-clean the fan, and I would literally wash the heatsink. Make sure you dry it dang good before putting it back together!

If you are still under warranty and wish to keep it... I would say don't take it apart. Manually cleaning like that can be tough with some cards, just take your time getting everything apart and figuring out the maze, and you should be fine.

If you know someone that's a mechanic -- They will have a pressurized air gun. Those are the best, take that sucker to them and watch the dust fly!
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P.S. Before manually cleaning, make sure you have some thermal paste. I meant to say that, just forgot . Also, you may want some thermal pads as backups in case you damage the originals. Be careful with those things, stock thermal pads generally stink compared to the kinda stuff you can get from MicroCenter or NewEgg.
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post #7 of 16
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and could u help me with overclocking? i got the ATItool and RivaTuner, the highest OC i ran was 660/1650/990 with a fan speed of 100%. i tested it for a half hour on ATItool and there werent any pixels noises or errors. but i looked at the temps and the lil icon was a fire :/
and do you know of any good temp detecting software? i accidently deleted the one i had and i dont remember the name
post #8 of 16
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i might do what allikat said and just blow threw it, cuz i have no money, and i dont have anything u just said. plus taking it apart and putting it back together just sounds like hella work.

and idk if im under warrenty or not. i got it from tigerdirect as a gift
post #9 of 16
I use Everest Ultimate. It'll give you nice little icons in the system tray, and you can watch it go up and down as long as your heart desires.

You can also use GPUZ, a free alternative to Everest with fewer features. It'll give you proper temps.

You say the icon was on fire, what was the actual temp reading? Remember, those programs are set to show that icon at a certain temp, and you should be able to reset that temp to dictate what you want.

As for overclocking... It's just my opinion, but it's very tough to help without being there. Every system will handle overclocks differently, every one of them will react differently. One thing you need to know is there is a very good chance your system is bottlenecking your GPU. You have an old system that would match up with a 7800GS, so pushing it to use a 9800 is a stretch. Overclocking your GPU is only gonna help so much, past that you've got two choices -- Risk killing the card and spend your money on a new one, or start upgrading the rest of the system.
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i might do what allikat said and just blow threw it, cuz i have no money, and i dont have anything u just said. plus taking it apart and putting it back together just sounds like hella work.

and idk if im under warrenty or not. i got it from tigerdirect as a gift
Believe it or not, it's not a ton of work, but if you've never done it before, it can be daunting. It's generally not very hard, just takes time and patience.

I would still try to find someone with a forced-air type application. I used to work at a dealership in Ohio and I did have a kid bring in a graphics card and had me blow it out before... Trust me, they've seen stranger things lol.
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