My system is an XPS 410 with a GeForce 8600 GTS. Last night I was playing WoW and I noticed the performance was off. I shut the game down and ran CPUID's Hardware Monitor. It had both cores of my CPU running at a comfortable 31 degrees celsius but my GPU was running at 69 degrees celsius.
I'm not an expert but I'm thinking that when your video card is cooking along at 156 degrees fahrenheit it can't be a good thing. Any ideas as to how long I have before this thing dies?
At the risk of necro'ing my own thread, I figured I'd provide an update. The idle temp on the card continues to raise and is now doing major artifacting. Video now locks up from time to time depending upon what I do.
I'm trying to decide whether or not I should swap out the power supply and video card and try to make the present system last longer or man up and try and build something.