i recently had a bfg card fail on me it wasnt even 2 years old a 9600 oc2 gt .....
i did have it registerd for the lifetime waranty but un known to me bfg has folded i was sent an email saying blankly that there was no replacement or no way of getting it repaired wot can i do now
any ideas would be great thanks
SOL man. I've got three BFG cards right now (7900 GS / GTS 250 / GTX 275) and only the GTX 275 has a warranty ($25 1yr through Microcenter). The only thing I can say is if you buy some of the left over BFG stock insure you buy the in-store warranty. Otherwise EVGA is for you. You could always bake the card.
It hits 95 when i play Windows7 Chess. I doubt i would be able to play Assassins creed/Crysis on this again. Temps really shoot up with the slightest of load and that is the only cause that leads me to believe that an aftermarket cooler wont fix it.
It does sound like there is a defect with this card. If you applied the thermal paste correctly and cleaned out the system then the only thing left to check is to make sure the fan is working properly. You could try using MSI Afterburner to give us an idea of loads, fan speed, and temperature.