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  1. syntaxerr

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    I have an Nvidia 9800 gt video card that was working perfectly until a few days ago. I'm running Windows 7 with 8 gigs of ram. I bought the card about 4 months ago and I never had a problem after installing it. Now, it's overheating all of a sudden and putting my monitor in sleep mode and only way to get it working again is to reboot. I've opened my case and the vid card fan is running. I installed nTune and set the fan speed to a 100 percent. My idle temp is between 60c-70c. But when i start up a game, after about 5 minutes, it goes up to 105c. Any ideas on what I can do to keep it from getting so hot? I love my house cold, so it's about 70F in my bedroom. Oh, the min requirements for the card said at least 400w psu, mine is only 300w but since it was working, I didn't bother upgrading it. Think that is my problem???? Any feedback will be greatly appreciated.
     
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    I would say yes.power supply.
    Probably want to go 600 watt and a good brand.
    The whole system is not getting enough power and
    the supply will probably die soon.
    Hopefully without taking other parts with it.
     
  3. syntaxerr

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    thanks so much for the speedy response leroy. any idea why it took this long for it to barely start overheating like that? it might be a couple weeks before i can afford the new psu though. will i be ok using the computer for just internet use and simple programs?
     
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    I had problems with a power supply too,because I used a cheap one that
    came with a case.
    They can handle the load for a while,but the components start to break
    down because too much power is being drawn from the power supply.
    The power supply just can't handle the current load.
    The other components start to take damage because they aren't getting
    enough power and become over taxed.
    It just causes them to work too hard.
    You might get by with basic programs but it's probably not worth risking
    running it too much.
    Once the power supply starts going,it will cause problems like freezes
    and lockups and other problems.
    It could damage other components.
     
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    Thats almost $68 after $10 shipping...

    Yes, Antec is a very good PSU maker, but for around $60 you can do better,

    For starters this PSU is almost the same price, is 600w, and has a mail in rebate to get the price to $47. Thermaltake is a great MFG too.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817153114
     
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    DOH, I should have shopped around a little more then. I had to get permission from the law (my wife) before making this purchase and I just showed it to her and she bought it for me as a surprise. I should get it in a couple days now, will post back the results. I really hope this takes care of my problem.
     
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    A fine unit either way!
     
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    Its an okay PSU...

    Here are some DOs for now.

    Don't buy anything yet while discussing issues.

    Buy from newegg.com

    That was nice of her.

    When it comes to OCZ, which makes / er sell good products - usually, - they don't honor rebates.
     
  11. syntaxerr

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    Got the PSU in, hooked it up and for some reason, when I started my game, i checked the gpu temp and now it was up to 117C. So i checked the video card fan and it wasn't even running. So I gave it a little flick of my finger and it started up. My idle temps are 60-70C still, but when gaming now, it's at 85C. Thank you everyone for your suggestions and help. So glad that I just needed a stronger PSU.
     
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    If the fan didn't start on it's own,you may want
    to check into getting a replacement fan for it.
     
  13. syntaxerr

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    thanks for all your help leroys, i will definitely look in to getting a replacement fan tomorrow for it
     
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    Sorry to resurrect... but they honor mine...
     
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