Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E7400 @ 2.8Ghz
RAM: Kingston 1 x 2GB DDR2
HDD: Seagate 500GB SATA
Graphic Card: Elite-Group nVidia9400GT
Motherboard: ASUS P5KPL-VM
PSU: Don't know about the make but its a 450W with a 120mm fan inside the case sucking air in and one on the outside blowing out.
Operating System: Windows 7 Ultimate x64
Recently my GPU fan started making noises so I removed the card and gave the fan some oil. It was full of dust so I cleaned it and did the MISTAKE OF TAKING OF THE HEATSINK. I ruined the thermal paste on it. I just put everything back together and the noise was gone. I did not apply a new paste.
Now I sometimes have garbled image while watching movies. I mean its distorted and gray or black and gets stuck and then starts playing normally after awhile. I thought it was my graphic card that it was overheating so I checked the temperature using a software called SpeedFan. It showed a temperature of 56C and a fire sign beside it telling me it was hot otherwise all other temps had a green tick by their sides. From what I know graphic cards can handle temps upto atleast 100C. My PSU is the only cooling I have which blows hot air out. It is loacted at the top back of the case other then the CPU and GPU fans.
My CPU temp is around 50C-53C. I'm in Pakistan so its extremely hot here nowadays compared to the US. I just came back from the US last week. I was in Little Ferry, New Jersey and compared to that place it is extremely hot so I think the CPU temp is normal. During winters it comes around 38C-42C.
So is their a problem with the card. Should I consider getting a Antec Spot Cooler for the card and any other additional fans.
Waiting for a response.
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