I am putting together an old system for my parents for an xmas present. Most of the parts are from a Compaq 5wv280.
The card that was overheating was the nvidia vanta LT. I just now realized part of the problem could have been that the max resolution listed in the product specs for the card is 1280x1024 and I had it running somewhere around the 1900 by 1600 range... or something near there. I just tuned the computer on, and it let it idle for about 5-10min and the screen started to flicker. I touched the face of the gpu, and it was very very hot (was an open system just lying across the top of my desk). I could only hold my finger on it for a second before it started to burn. I don't currently have the time to try running it at the recommended resolutions, but would there be any cooling solutions for this card other than cutting a hole in the side panel of the case and install a fan to blow directly on it? Would I be able to jimmy-rig a heat sink of some sort onto it? I have a couple spare CPU HSF that I could use. (Maybe cut one down to fit the gpu a bit better)
Any suggestions would be helpful. Thanks Much
Edit: I figure the screen flicker was due to gpu because i tried an ATI Rage gpu of sorts and it worked ok. I believe they are both 8mb ram, but the nvidia is AGPx4 and the ATI is AGPx2 so i figured the nvidia was the better of the 2 cards.