Ok so i have had this gpu for about a year or so now. And i never really had a problem until recently. It played games such as planetside 2 and even elder scrolls online decently. Now i took a break from gaming for a few months just messing around with facebook games and old school runescape.
Now when i just the other day tried to launch planetside 2 i loaded and as soon as i entered the game so i could deploy my pc restarted. I thought well that was odd. So i downloaded HWMonitor and tried launching the game again. When it restarted i quickly launched HWMonitor and it was reading 80 degrees celsius.
So i thought well maybe now is time for a cleaning. So i took my pc apart blew out all the dust made sure it was completely clean and all wires were put back in place to keep it cooled. And tried again. Same result. So i took my GPU out and looked more closely and again used can air to clean it more thoroughly. Retried the game for the same result.
So i tried launching everquest a lot less intensive of a game and again as soon as the game loaded it restarted. I've narrowed it down to the gpu over heating causing the restarts as the cpu remains steady. And even on a restart stays veruy cool.
My case has 4 fans 1 in the front i use as an intake 1 120mm on the side for exhaust and 2 80mm on the back used as exhaust and 1 80mm on top used as an exhaust.. I tried switching the 120mm fan on the side to intake and it sounded awful and did not alleviate the temps at all.
So now i'm scratching my head wondering then whether or not my card is just going bad? Or if there is any other fix i can do. Now under HWMonitor under Fans PWM it does show a system fan running only at 50% and i'm not sure which fan that is unless its the gpu fan.
I'm thinking about just buying another better gpu to replace this one (i bought this one mainly as a temporary solution). Although my concern is if it is not the gpu just going bad then i'm throwing money away for nothing and the problem would persist with the new gpu. I'm looking at maybe getting a 6670 or a r7 240.
My system specs are:
And i am using windows xp home and using a cheap dvd burner. And yes i already plan to upgrade to windows 7 64 asap (ordering it April 1).
So any thoughts or recommendations?
My main concern is that it may not be the gpu going bad. If that is the case i'd be buying a new gpu and wasting money in the process. I've not had much experience with discrete gpu's so i'm unsure if some just go bad and start running hot or if its some thing else that could be causing it. I'd tried everything i can think of to lower the temps when games are running without much luck. So any ideas on what else i could try? I also tried older drivers for the gpu without any luck. And i could not find any setting under my control in my nvidia drivers to control the gpu fan so i'm unsure if that is a possibility or not.