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Solidjake 12-12-2012 12:34 PM

Do I need to replace my video card?
Meh, I was dusting off my computer with a high psi compressor and I touched the blade by accident while cleaning the fan/heatsink out. Do you think the out of balance fan will cause any problems?

I got this card last year for 100. If I need to I have a 100 gift card so I can use that and pay 120 more for a gtx660

Solidjake 12-12-2012 12:34 PM

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Chris3Duke 12-12-2012 12:36 PM

Did you break a fan blade? It not, you're fine.

Also, you can get aftermarket HSF combos for video cards. I broke a fan blade a year ago, and am now running cooler and quieter with an aftermarket setup.

Chris3Duke 12-12-2012 12:37 PM

Ahh, beat me to it. You broke a fan blade.

If you want the upgrade, sure, replace it. If not, run it into the ground. The fan's life will be reduced, but it should be ok for a while.

Edit: I went aftermarket, because it was like a $250 graphics card.

Scooby24 12-12-2012 12:46 PM

You could buy my GTX 480 for 150 dollars and get a nice upgrade.

Solidjake 12-12-2012 12:48 PM

I'll monitor the card and see how it does.

^ No thanks, next card is a 600 series

Rubenk 12-12-2012 12:49 PM

Break off the blade opposite from it.

Fan will be noisy, but if you balance it out the bearings shouldnt suffer too badly.

tock172 12-12-2012 01:36 PM

I used to volt mod my old video cards and this would usually necessitate aftermarket cooling. That's always an option but for $100 I would just get something new.

Solidjake 12-12-2012 04:16 PM

Krazy glued the fan blade on, sitting perfectly flush in the spot where it broke. No vibration anymore from the card. :thumbsup:

HaloArchive 12-12-2012 04:24 PM

I have a GTX 680 I would be willing to sell. PM me if interested.

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