I have an Nvidia 9600gt low profile by Galaxy;
currently fitted to a Dell 531s
only other change i made to it was to add 2 gb extra RAM
the total power draw is less than 250W
I have had the computer for 3. almost 4 years now;
Recently i have purchased and installed this Galaxy 9600GT low power low profile card
Its been excellent for 8~9 months; even played crysis warhead with a mixture of settings mid and high at what i considered playable;
but for the end of that ninth month and all of this Jan (10 months owned this card so far) the fan has been cracking up
The fan spins in a sort of AC voltage style; like it goes zip then stops then zip another cycle and stops again; this happens until the computer is fully booted; After this, the fan is perfectly (seemingly) normal; and i get the temp readings at 57 degrees C idle with low fan (15% auto ) and 47 C at full (100% fan) when Im not using any intensive applications (aka IDLE).
the last few boot up sessions the fan stopped completely while computer (booted up) until I gave a gentle boost with my finger;Once this didn't work so i just shut down the computer manually to prevent overheating.
after the computer is fully booted though, the fan seems to work properly.
I have no idea what is going on and how this is going to affect my GPU
I have experienced a sudden performance drop when playing League of Legends once (last week from the date i posted this message) from 45-50 fps to 10/11 fps... which was strange; not sure if the GPU took a hit (got heated up)
im running vista 32-bit ultimate.
(ps by boot up i mean start up.)
help would be greatly appreciated; don't know how much time i have left.
luckily there is a 2 year warranty --- but im not sure what the best course of action is.