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Googlz

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About two years ago I was having overheating issues with my GPU, I found that it was just dust and after "compressed airing" it went to back to normal. Now its acting up again and I don't know what to do, I've dusted it but now it seems to have made it worse.

Three days ago, after playing TF2 for about 5 minutes, my pc crashed and I downloaded a GPU monitor and found it was reaching 100 C on TF2, 80 C on browser (chrome). I removed the GPU, dusted it, put it back BUT NOW, its reaching 100 C on browser and the fan is making an unusual noise (not a "%100 speed" noise but more like a vibrating noise, touching the card it is vibrating vigorously, more so than other two fans). Here are some pics of the readouts, my computer build (to show its not air flow that's the problem mainly), specs, recording of noises fan makes at idle and %90 speed, and a light just noticed last night (no idea what it means, good or bad, as I only noticed it after it started overheating, its lit when power cable is connected, not just when computer is on).

http://imgur.com/MYgkuzW
http://imgur.com/vOf7JFZ
http://imgur.com/WE2gbmu
http://vocaroo.com/i/s0jkNOniyCh9
http://vocaroo.com/i/s1FdtQY0x5Ku
http://imgur.com/1i2uhSz

I'm thinking about just replacing the stupid GPU as it wasn't really any good to begin with, but on the off chance that it isn't the GPU that's the problem, idk. I use my computer mainly for game development, and occasionally for playing games like TF2 at low settings, and i'd like to have a GPU that could handle the game i'm making and steam games at acceptable settings. I was thinking about replacing my GPU with a Nvidia GeForce GTX 480 as it's the best value according to this website: http://www.videocardbenchmark.net/gpu_list.php

But I don't know much about hardware so i'd like some thoughts and opinions on the GPU, along with an answer to the first question if possible.

Sorry for the length and if i'm in the wrong subreddit, thanks.
 
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At a minimum, it sounds like the fan is failing. Depending on the type, you may be able to simply replace it. Unless the card is still under warranty, in which case contact the manufacturer to have it replaced. Or you could simply replace/upgrade the video card.

On a side note, when cleaning with air, try to NOT let the fans spin freely. Hold them in place to prevent movement as spinning them with air can cause damage.
 

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I would suggest the bearings - more than likely simple sleeve bearings have gone in the fan - as just posted
above


I would also check CPU temps
 

Googlz

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I'm thinking I might just buy a new card since I apparently broke the fan letting it blow freely (i'll remember to hold the fan still with this new card) any suggestions?
 

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The high speed of the fan when using compressed air can as said, damage the bearing, it can rotate at way above design speed.


As I said I would check all temps but especially CPU

I found that it was just dust
dust on GPU fans usually means dust on other fans and cooling fins of CPU


Also if the computer is the Dell studio XPS
Dell Studio XPS 8000 Motherboard X231R. Dell Part# X231R 0X231R


I would give serious consideration to improving the case cooling
You can have a good cooling system on a graphics card, but if the case airflow is insufficient - eg inlet fan and exhaust fan - the fans on the card cannot get sufficient cool air
 

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When i've dusted my gpu i've made sure to dust the rest of the system as well, and according to the test results i dont think my cpu is a problem as its running at a max of 48 C. When it comes to cooling systems i don't think thats a problem either, but if it is I don't know how to go about it, do i just replace it with a newer better one or do I add another fan to my current system?
 
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