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Old 11-21-2008, 10:11 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I am gaming on a 1 year old dell atm that has a 8800gtx in it. It's not my pc but the owner said i could open it and clean some dust out, the warranty ran out last month. It has been kept in a room where people smoked and lots of dust gathered. I have used compressed air before to clean cpu heatsink fans that were nearly clogged with sticky dust (smoke rez and dust together) and it worked absolutely perfect, brought a few old P3s and P4s back from being nearly dead.

I have never used compressed air on a gpu before though and don't know enough about video cards to do it without asking if it is safe. I am just kind of worried that maybe there are some very delicate connections i should watch for or ect. Also i was curious about how to turn the fan up on the 8800gtx, i read somewhere that they came from the factory running the fan at 30%. I would really love to crank it up because noise is no problem here at all.
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There is no problem blowing it with compressed air.

You can download several different programs to turn up the fan speed.

EVGA | EVGA Precision - Only if it is an evga and you are registered on the site.

ATITool - Overclocking utility for ATI and NVIDIA cards

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Old 11-22-2008, 12:20 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Ok cool, going to do some dusting today than. It is not an evga card to my knowledge, i haven't opened up the pc yet but i can not see dell putting evga in their pcs. It is probably the cheapest model 8800gtx that has ever existed lol. I will give that RivaTuner a try. Thanx for the help
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Ya its most likely not n evga in a dell lol. 8800GTX is still a very good card though. I have one and I can play most games at max settings, or close to it @ 1680x1050
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it will probably be a reference card with no brand.
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i've seen dells using bfg's

my friends has a bfg 8600gts
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