Client has a Dell Studio XPS 8000 purchased in 10/2009 with a nVidia GTS 240 board that is overheating, causing spontaneous system shutdowns after a few minutes. This computer is in an office environment and is not used for gaming. Looking for advice as to replacing the board; budget around $75 (or less if possible). Note that system venting was not clogged, but after blowing out the fan on the video card, that seemed to alleviate the spontaneous shutdowns. But according to GPUz, board (after cleaning the dust) is running at 64 degrees Celsius and fan speed is only 47%. These numbers concern me; let me know if I am right in thinking the board should be replaced, or if I am overreacting.
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: September 2011 BUDGET RANGE: $75 or less
USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: strictly business, no games, no folding, nothing fancy
CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: Standard Dell Power supply, 350 Watts
OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: Dell Studio XPS 8000 system; standard off-the-shelf components
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: I will probably pick up at Microcenter store or at newegg.com
PARTS PREFERENCES: I usually use ATI, but am open to nVidia if you can tell me why
OVERCLOCKING:No SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No
MONITOR RESOLUTION: unsure, but probably 1920x1080 or less
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Again, this is for non-gaming, office use. Thanks for your advice.
I did what was suggested and replaced the GeForce card with the XFX Radeon card. Simple installation, and everything appears to be fine, though the Windows Experience Index indicates that the graphics scores are substantially less (Graphics: 4.2 vs. 6.9; Gaming Graphics 6.0 vs 6.9). I find it interesting that the 6450's standard graphics score is much less than the GeForce score, where as the gaming scores are much closer. Again, based on what the system is doing, I don't believe they will notice any degradation in performance, but for someone with more demanding requirements who wants less heat, the performance trade-off may be something to be concerned about.