graphics card overheating while playing WoW

Ati radeon / Hd 5700
January 11, 2011 at 12:14:27
Specs: Windows 7, Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU
My graphics card has recently been causing me some trouble, by crashing the computer whilst I am playing WoW.

My card is an ATI Radeon HD 5700, and it likes to idle at 71 Celsius, with the fan speed at 65%. This obviously leaves very little room for the added pressures of gaming, and I would like any advice on how to handle this problem.

It has never been overclocked.

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January 11, 2011 at 17:30:40
Which HD 5700 do you have? 5750 or 5770? Regardless, neither should get hotter than 80C under full load. You said the fan is at 65%, can you increase the speed? What sort of case cooling setup do you have? Is the PSU mounted at the top of the case or the bottom? If it's mounted at the bottom, the heat given off by the PSU rises directly to the video card above it, then the GPU cooling fan sucks in the hot air.

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January 11, 2011 at 23:41:09
The card just says 5700 series, so I'm not sure. The case is fan cooled, just by the default fans. Should I add others? I can increase the speed of the fan, but I want to make sure I haven't exhausted any other options before doing so. The PSU sits at the top of case.

The case does sit underneath a desk; would it improve the situation by moving it to sit on the desk, or would that do very little?

Edit: GPU fan faces down in the casing; motherboard sits on one side.

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January 13, 2011 at 11:03:49
Just discovered the GPU fan is borked; it 'shivers', trying to move, then gives up. It continuously repeats this cycle. As such, it doesn't cool anything.

Should I replace just the fan (and which should I use) or replace the whole card?

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April 14, 2011 at 19:33:01
Hey I have pretty much the same problem - with the same type of card :(
I would as well be interested in what type of fan to buy

Temperature 84 Celsius
Fanspeed 65%

I have normal case cooling behind, big one on top and 3 small in front 3 in front - the graphic card is as far from the power supply as posible. Yet when i start a game it sounds like a hurricane =/

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