|Your specs are incomplete & you didn't answer the questions you were asked. MSI makes several G45 boards, we have no idea of the RAM speed or if it's 2 x 4GB or 4 x 2GB, no idea of the card manufacturer, & no PSU info was even provided. You claim the GPU is overheating but didn't list any temp readings. You also didn't list your CPU temps. Follow-up questions are asked for a reason.|
The GPU on the GT440 has a max safe temp of 100C but should normally run in the 30s at idle & 60s under full load. If your temp readings are within that range, the card is most likely OK & your problem lies elsewhere. The GT440 is a low end/entry level gaming card consistently at the bottom of the pile & only slightly better than the lowly GT430:
"But the thing is, my gpu's fan isn't making a good connection"
How do you know that? Did you make sure the card is fully seated in its slot & the fan's plug is also securely connected? Since it appears you've had the card for a while, did you clean the dust from the heatsink & fan blades & make sure the fan spins freely? Possibly oil the fan bearing?
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