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Re: Dell Desktop-replacement for Nvidia GeForce GTS 240 graphics card

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Hi gardengal4,

Rather than add to several other threads, it would be easier to keep track of your issue if you had started your own thread. But let me see if I can help. Can you tell me the model of your desktop?

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Re: Dell Desktop-replacement for Nvidia GeForce GTS 240 graphics card

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Osprey, I think you are right (should have started my own thread).  This forum feels confusing.  I reply to a thread but after it is posted it seems to be not quite the same thread that I saw during review (from Google searches).  

Anyhow, I have 3year old Dell XPS Studio 8000i7-860  tri-channel 8gb ram 1TB hd GT 2.8ghz with the GTS240.  This was a preconfigured retail system with no changes. It has the stock 350W PSU so that limits video card replacement possibilities -- plus I have a 500W UPS so that limits the PSU replacements.   The noise has been going on for well over a year, but it is a bit more consistent and nerve-wracking lately.  
I recently opened the case and dusted all visible dust.  I am monitoring GPU and it is running around 78C.   Fan was at 99% initially.  Monitoring seemed to adjust fan speed down to 86%.  I don't think I modified anything, it just happened.  It is a little quieter.  I am not handy in the internals.   I read about getting a replacement vc fan, but that doesn't seem simple enough for me.    I have also read about removing a plate to the fan and getting at more dust, but that also isn't me. 
I don't do gaming.  Occasional streaming tv or movies - perhaps more in the future.  I want this system to last another 5 years if possible.  I hate upgrading.  I can see supplementing desktop usage with a tablet over time.
Any advice would be appreciated.
                        i7-860  tri-channel 8gb ram 1TB hd GT 2.8ghz
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Re: Dell Desktop-replacement for Nvidia GeForce GTS 240 graphics card

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I did post back but it is not showing up.... ???

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Re: Dell Desktop-replacement for Nvidia GeForce GTS 240 graphics card

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Are the temps running any lower, because I would say that 86°C is a little too warm for my taste. Taking the video card out is a little tricky but not impossible and will allow you to get in a bit closer to get the dust inside the video card cooling unit.

You might search Youtube for a video.

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Re: Dell Desktop-replacement for Nvidia GeForce GTS 240 graphics card

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86% was the fan SPEED.  The TEMP is 78C.

I'm probably leaning more towards a new card.  If I mess up with the fan cleaning somehow, I would be pretty much hosed until new video card arrived.  

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Re: Dell Desktop-replacement for Nvidia GeForce GTS 240 graphics card

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Ok, a better card should run cooler, so that's probably the best long term solution.

Good luck!

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I am in the process of installing the new card (out of my comfort zone but I am trying...)

The old card had 2 cables going into it - (1) a black and yellow set on a 6 pin connector (marked P8) and (2) a red and black on a 2 pin connector.  The new card has no slots for these connectors.  I think the Yellow and Black one is going to the power supply.  

Will this work?  Do I have the wrong card?   Would the excess unconnected wires just hang loose?   How does the card get its power if not from the power supply?  

I so much prefer software over hardware...  🙂

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Re: Dell Desktop-replacement for Nvidia GeForce GTS 240 graphics card

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Yes, new card I got got power thru port as well. Just let em hang loose!

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Re: Dell Desktop-replacement for Nvidia GeForce GTS 240 graphics card

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thanks I'm up and running.   I double checked to make sure fan actually spinning.  it is.  soooooo quiet too!!!

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Re: Dell Desktop-replacement for Nvidia GeForce GTS 240 graphics card

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Excellent. Glad to hear that worked out well for you.

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