Keeping Video Cards cool?
I have 4½ year old XPS Dell i7 desktop with a OEM GeForce GTS 240 1GB GDDR3 graphics card. It still runs fast and great. The fan on the video card started to get loud again and Disk Utility told me PC temps were running 102-104 °F. It usually runs 99°F for boot SSD and 91 °F for the mechanical Seagate HDD. Video card fan kicks into higher speed at 102 °F. making the noise more noticeable/annoying. Opened up the PC and it was dirty. Usually clean it out once a year. Hadn't been cleaned in 15 months, so it was due. Cleaning inside was easy but cleaning the video card is a real pain. You have to pull it out to clean it. Then I use a combination of Q-tips and vacuum to get the dirt out as best as possible around the video card fan. After cleaning put everything back together and things quieted down and inside temps are back to what seems to be normal.
Question is is there anything extra that can be done to keep the video card cooler and quiet?
Asked on the Dell site and they said to get a new video card.
Best Buy geek squad said upgrade the video card and get a bigger power supply!
Now that it's clean all seems well. Just wondering if there is anything that can be done to keep it clean longer and running cool longer?
Last edited by cybrsaylr; April 30th, 2013 at 05:06 PM.
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