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8dalejr.fan

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As many of you probably know, I'm pretty sure my Radeon 9800XT died on me after 2 years of use. A Dell technician called this morning at 9AM (I was sleeping- Christmas vacation) and told me he'd be down here around 11 and replace the card with a new one for me for free (under warranty).

So my question is how long do these things last- especially the 9800XT's? This one was ok for almost 2 years and then started crapping out. But I'm sure since I didn't regularly clean out my case last year, it probably started cooking and by the time I did clean the case on a regular basis, the damage had already been done.

How long to video cards last? I'm wondering if I should extend my warranty on my Dell from 3 years to 4 years (which would give me another 2 years) incase this one should do the same thing to me.

EDIT: Dell just phoned again, gonna be here in 10 minutes instead of an hour. :D
 

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Given minimal care, a video card should outlast your computer. I have machines that have pretty ancient video cards. :) One thing for high performance graphics cards is to make sure the fan is functional, and you keep the dust blown out. Poor cooling is the #1 killer of electronic equipment.
 
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in general, a video card will become obsolete before crapping out on you, in the case of a dell, they are nice and quiet, but that comes at a price, poor air circulation within the case, dust gets drawn in and has doesnt leave. Given that it is a dell, you will have to removed the case cover and vacuum it out more often (about every 6 months if you leave it on all the time)
 
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