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Hello y'all, this is my first post and I'm really not sure if this is the right section but here goes!

These are my computer specs:
Windows 7 x64 Ultimate SP1
CPU: Intel i7 930 @ 2.8GHz (non-OC'd)
4 GB RAM
GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTS 250

Here's the background:

A few weeks ago, I was using an air-cleaner to clean out the dust around my computer, just for maintenance purposes. When it got time to my gpu, I was spraying around the fan and the nozzle sort of "poked" the fan, I thought it was fine until I started my computer and heard a thumping noise, then soon after the computer would BSOD. I opened up the case again and was feeling around till I felt/smelt the GPU firey hot (it felt like a hot grill) and so I cooled it off for 2-3 hours. I took it out to see the problem- that little "poke" actually broke one of the wings of the fan, taking away the ability for it to spin. I wasn't really sure how to re-seat the wing of the fan because the wing was plastic and bent pretty badly. After some thought I naively thought that if I just removed the wing, everything would be fine? Since there were other wings still attached I figured that the cooling powers would still be alright and there would be more air flow rather than dead weight in place of the old wing. I reseated the GPU and it worked again, the temps were a bit high but the airflow in my room is a bit on the shoddy side and it wasn't freezing anymore so I thought everything was all-right.

Here's the problem:

The next day I noticed that my computer screen would freeze (no BSOD, no changing caps lock/num lock lights to go on/off on my keyboard, no nothing) and I'd have to hard-reset the computer to get it back on. I tried to find any trend to reproduce the freeze but it would happen randomly, at different times of the day (indicating different temperatures). At one point I thought it was when I had full screen applications up (games, videos, etc) but that hypothesis was debunked after I had a freeze with only a file explorer open and sticky notes.

On the off chance it was a software problem, I updated ALL drivers (even tried rolling-back some), system restored, installed all updates, and started to monitor all the device temperatures in my rig (all stable).

Also, during one of the freezes while I was watching a movie

My question is: did I fry my GPU in that small window of time that the fan did not work? If so, could y'all help me find another one of equal-ish value to replace it with?

Regards,
Rahul

PLEASE comment if anyone needs any extra information! I put everything that I had memorized and if needed I can go in and find the model #s for anything else that's needed.
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  1. Poke it again and see if it works.

    Just kidding. If the fan is broken then there's very little you can do except get another graphics card. You might be able to get a 3rd party VGA cooler, which I do not recmmend or even know if they are compatible. A modern graphics card will cost anywhere between 50-1000 USD depending on just what would you like to do with it.

    For GPU recommendations, we will first need to know what do you use your PC for, what you budget is and what power supply you are using at the moment?
  2. Thanks for the quick reply!

    Budget = $100, and I use my PC for some gaming and soon enough will need it for molecular models (bio major)

    I was thinking something in the nvidia geforce 4/5/6 series? I know that my gts 250 kinda puked out on me but it lasted me for a good 3 years and I was very happy with it!

    My PSU is 600W
    here's the link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341004
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    Stretch your budget by a mere 5 bucks, (go rob the old lady next door or whatever) and get this thing: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202011

    I hesitate to recommend anything cheaper to you, the quality of graphics cards really starts to degrade fast once you step even a couple bucks down and even though I'm a fan of Nvidia GPUs, the truth is that their products don't target these lower price points at all. Sure there are some desktop models out there, but the price/performance ratio on these things is often pretty horrible. They're mostly made for the OEM market and what not.
  4. hizodge said:
    Stretch your budget by a mere 5 bucks, (go rob the old lady next door or whatever) and get this thing: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202011

    I hesitate to recommend anything cheaper to you, the quality of graphics cards really starts to degrade fast once you step even a couple bucks down and even though I'm a fan of Nvidia GPUs, the truth is that their products don't target these lower price points at all. Sure there are some desktop models out there, but the price/performance ratio on these things is often pretty horrible. They're mostly made for the OEM market and what not.


    Looks good! I'm buying the card from amazon and it'll be here in a few days, once I replace it I'll do some stress testing and post back the results.

    Regards,
    Rahul N
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