Need a graphics card

By stally
Feb 2, 2013
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  1. stally

    stally TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 24

    Okay, got my graphics card yesterday and my Psu today. Fitted it all..., Then I got fan errors, it starts slow then turns to 100% speed. help please D:?
  2. misor

    misor TS Evangelist Posts: 1,163   +197

    glad that your preferred psu and video card fit well.

    on your new question, what fan?
    case or system fan? (attached to the computer case and connected to motherbaord 3pin/4pin connector or to psu molex connector; may be located in front/back/top/bottom/side)
    heat sink fan? (cools the processor)
    psu fan? (cools the psu components)
    video card fan? (cools the graphics processing unit)

    if you don't have a fan speed regulator, then maybe the fan speed is auto-regulated...that is the fan will have its revolutions per minute (rpm) according to its designed range (like 800-1200rpm).
  3. stally

    stally TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 24

    Well, on my xps 420 there is a little screen that shows me errors. It says something about the case fan. Cpu fan is going crazy, I replaced it and I still have this problem :(
  4. misor

    misor TS Evangelist Posts: 1,163   +197

    Can you post screenshots of your current fan problem plus screenshots using either or both of the following free system monitoring utilites?

    1. speedfan or
    description from speedfan developer:
    SpeedFan is a program that monitors voltages, fan speeds and temperatures in computers with hardware monitor chips. SpeedFan can even access S.M.A.R.T. info and show hard disk temperatures. SpeedFan supports SCSI disks too. SpeedFan can even change the FSB on some hardware (but this should be considered a bonus feature). SpeedFan can access digital temperature sensors and can change fan speeds accordingly, thus reducing noise. SpeedFan works fine with Windows 9x, ME, NT, 2000, 2003, XP, Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8. It works with Windows 64 bit too.

    2. speccy or
    speccy screenshots

    (it's too early to jump to conclusion but if the processor has a high temperature, then the heat sink fan will try to rotate as much as possible to bring down the cpu temperature. remedy includes cleaning of heat sink/fan, reapplication of thermal paste, or replacement of heat sink/fan with third party air cooling manufacturer like the cheap but effective coolermaster hyper 212 evo)

    see to it that the case fan is properly powered. (attached to 3/4pin power connector or to molex from psu)
    see to it that the heat sink fan is also properly powered. (attached to motherboard cpu fan connector)

    a dirty/dusty pc case results in poor ventilation.
    poor cable management results in hampered air flow, poor ventilation.
    thermal paste (between hsf and processor) can dry up after years of use.
    heat sink fan may have reached its end of life; fan can be replaced with similar product or entire hsf is replaced.
  5. stally

    stally TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 24

    I have replaced the fan with another dell fan.. Still continues to make the noise. I will get pics and screen shots of the software. Will it damage my pc if I leave it running on 100% speed for too long?

    It must be the Psu, because I put the old one back in and it runs fine.
  6. misor

    misor TS Evangelist Posts: 1,163   +197

    Some PSUs have manufacturing defects like a piece of something (plastic/metal/screw/etc) impinges on the psu fan thereby causing an extra noise; or it may not be able to deliver the advertised power rating; or the psu itself is defective.

    any defective pc component affects the whole pc.
    error is a certainty.
    damage is always a possibility.
  7. stally

    stally TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 24

    Fixed the problem. Now I have the Blue screen of death :(
  8. misor

    misor TS Evangelist Posts: 1,163   +197

    I have heard of BSOD due to faulty RAM, software/driver incompatibility but never due to psu.

    since you have a new psu and new video card, turn off and unplug computer.
    remove new video card and put back old video card.
    turn on computer then uninstall your old video card driver.
    turn off and unplug computer.
    re-insert new video card.
    turn on computer and install latest video card driver from gpu manufacturer
    for nvidia, go here
    for amd, go here or

    if you already uninstalled old video card driver, try to install latest video card driver.
  9. stally

    stally TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 24

    I will do that but im using system tools to scan for faults. :)
  10. stally

    stally TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 24

    Okay, I got a spare Hdd. I have a 4gb usb with windows 7 on it. I have a product key from my laptop. Its installing windows. After its done that, I will put in vista hdd format it or move things back over to this windows :)
  11. stally

    stally TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 24

    Okay, fixed it. Everything runs smoothly. I can't access my 750gb Hdd. Is this because it has an operating system on? If so, how can I fix this... I want to try get my data back. Thank you for all the help :)
  12. misor

    misor TS Evangelist Posts: 1,163   +197

    Personal folders under windows 7/8, "C:\Users\"
    personal folders under windows xp, "C:\Documents and Settings"
    other files/folders/game data in other partitions where you saved or installed them.
    you may not be able to boot directly from another hdd if the hardware in which the OS was installed in it differed markedly from your current rig (processor and motherboard); bsod error.
    instead, boot from your current hdd/ssd.

    my intel dh55tc mobo has a boot selector menu by pressing F2 at boot time so if needed, I can select whether to boot from 500gb hdd, or 1tb hdd, or 3tb hdd.
    other motherboard manufacturers may have different function key.
  13. stally

    stally TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 24

    Okay, got all my files and games back:) Thank you for al the help. I will be upgrading my Cpu, motherboard and case in about 6 months time.Probably go for an i5 :) and 16gb of ddr3 ram.
  14. stally

    stally TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 24

    Got my processor up to 2.8 Ghz, any higher blue screen.

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  15. LukeDJ

    LukeDJ TS Maniac Posts: 350   +112

    Have you tested that overclock with a Prime95 blend? If it immediately blue-screens if you go any higher, it's definitely a good idea to do a stability test (you should do one with any overclock).
  16. stally

    stally TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 24

    Don't worry. I have done plenty of tests. I took it down 5 notches from where it blue screened as well.
  17. stally

    stally TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 24

    I can play dayz medium graphics 40 frames. That's pretty good for 3gbs of ram and an old processor :)

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