Well, I noticed a very hot burnt electric/plastic smell in here today after my PC was on for an hour or so and it was really strong. I wondered what it was and it smelt like it was the PC. I took the side off and sniffed around until I found out the Video card was emitting this horrible burnt smell. Being the fan on the video card is mounted upside down I touched it to see if it was spinning and it burnt the HELL out of my finger. I also had some white powder from it on my finger as well.
Needless to say, I took the card out and the entire fan assembly was just barely hanging in there. It was all black and burnt looking. My old video card was a MSI Nvidia 6600 GT 128 mb AGP. Had it for maybe one and a half years or maybe even two.
Anyways, if you didn't notice I said AGP meaning this is a whole damn system upgrade. I've wanted to do this for a while but I didn't want to yet. I can if need be however. My question is One: What happened to my old video card? (I'm leaning strongly on it burnt itself out via overheating but I'm not positive on that) and Two: Should I buy a New Mobo with Core Duo and a PCI Express card (Like a 7950 GT which I have seen for $280 somewhere) or just buy another AGP card or something until DX10 cards go cheap enough and then do my big upgrade? Any other suggestions are appreciated.
EDIT: Here is the card, it's an XFX.
EDIT 2: Here is a pic of my card. That fan has completely fallen out except for one tiny little spot on the circuit board under the blade motor holding it there.
Well does your video card still work? Does it display a image on the screnn? If its only the fan/heatsink that is broken you can buy a new fan/heatsink.
I dunno, I figured the whole thing was toasted and if it got hot enough for that, that I shouldn't be using it without the fan. This is the stock heatsink and fan, just look at a picture of it.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16835118001 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16835118117 Both of these fits the 6600GT. But I am not 100% sure. Have you taken the old heatsink and fan aways from the card?
I've not taken the fan off yet, it is still attached but I could probably just snap it off it's very weak. Do you mean take the original stock heatsink and all that off or just put this on top of it?
You take the whole old assembly off, heatsink and fan.
IIRC there should only be a couple of clips on the underside of the card holding the plastic framework in place. Regardless of how flimsy it is and how easy it would be to break off; you shouldn't snap anything remotely to do with a delicate computer component.
I'll take a look at it, but if I cannot fix my current card, what about the other alternatives?
You need to tell us the rest of your computer's specs if you want us to make a good judgement about wether you should replace it or not.
If the card itself (not just the heatsink and fan) has been phyisically damaged, I wouldn't be too quick to buy a new fan/heatsink for it.
Here's a good AGP replacement card, the 7600GS: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814143069
Ok, I have a P4 3 GHz @ 800 FSB and an Intel D865GBF mobo. Uh that was my video card I'm using the Intel Extreme Graphics on-board for the time being. I have no PCI Express anything slots, just 4 or 5 PCI slots and an AGP. I have standard DDR 1 GB, and I have a 100 gig WD and an 80 gig SG, both Ultra ATA 133 and at 7,200 RPM. I think that's everything.