I have a PCI-E Nvidia 8600GT. Now, Thsi is my second 'budget' Nvidia card that i have purchased. The first one had an issue where the fan fell off. yes, fell off, started making a loud noise then stopped working. Low and behold the second one has done it to. So I took it off, bought a Antec VCool fan. Now, the card is running at 62 degrees celcius when i browse the net etc. I think, if i remember correctly it used to run at about 50 some odd with the standard fan on the heatsink. Is the Antec fan keeping the gfx card cool enough? I still want to play Age Of Empires 3. When i loaded that the temp jumped to 70 with the stock fan. Haven't tried yet with the Antec Fan because I don't want to damage the chip more than it already has been damaged.
Any suggestions to keep it nice and cool?
The Antec is doing the job and it looks nice, but it also takes up two spaces in the case because it's quite big just for a fan.
Could i perhaps not get a replacement stock fan from somewhere? Surely if the fan falls off it could be replaced?