thanks for the replies, yeah i installed windows 7 on my computer from xp and thought that would be enough to truly determine if its a card problem...low and behold the exact same thing happened. I have 3 case fans already, the stock exhaust at the top back, i put one as intake at the bottom front and another intake at the very bottom of the case. I do get good termps, the highest i have seen it at 70 degrees under load, and no higher than 36 during idle. However considering my mobo is microatx, the pci slot is close to the pci-e. I had a small tv tuner card in it which happened to sit some half a centimetre away from the GPU which concerned me but because they were not physically touching and the temps did not reflect any problems so i left it in place despite it covering about 2/3's of one fan.