hey guys. This morning I woke up to an odd sight when i turned on my computer.
everything started up normally, then some artifacts started appearing on my LCD monitor. They kept on getting worse and worse until there was nothing on the screen and the computer shut itself down.
I felt the side of the box and it was hot to the touch. I quickly opened it up and took my stand up fan and started cooling off the insides.
10 minutes later it started up fine. I expected windows to give me a message that it recovered from a fatal system error but nothing happened.
after about 5 minutes I shrugged it off and started backing everything I could up just in case.
during the burning process I was browsing CGtalk and the artifacts came back, I made sure not to do so much as move the mouse and my backups finished.
I restarted my computer, everything normal. and the artifacts came back.
I switched out the graphics card to see if it would do anything, lo and behold the computer has been running all day stable, but slow due to the downgrade.
after completley dusting off the faulty card I put it back in to see if the artifacts would come back and they did.
I restarted again, this time with my fan aimed inside of the case. So far so good.
So I have come to the conclusion that the heat sink on the card must be faulty or the card is just simply overheating.
should I go about purchasing a new card?
if the heat sink is replacable how would I go about replacing it?
I'm also leaning towards getting another case fan.