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Seems like my EVGA GeForce 8800GTS is on its last legs as far as I can tell.
A couple weeks ago I ran Bioshock 2 for a few hours straight and the image on the monitor cut itself in half and turned into an awful glitchy fractal. I restarted and it seemed there wasn’t any damage to it, but a couple of days ago it started restarting at random.
Shortly thereafter vertical green dotted lines and colored boxes appeared on the screen in the BIOS and after startup. As of right now the computer will either lock up at the ‘starting windows’ screen (still with green dotted lines) or blue screen shortly before. I am able to start the computer in safe mode, but startup repair hasn’t done any good.
I’ve never had a hardware failure before but it seems like the issue is the GPU and not the PSU or CPU seeing I can still boot into safe mode. I contacted EVGA and the card is out of warranty but they suggested I try to reapply thermal paste (I haven’t tried this yet). I also don’t have a spare GPU to swap and fully confirm it’s the problem.
What I have done is dusted the shit out of the inside of both the PC and the GPU as well as reseating it multiple times.
First question then: Does it seem like the GPU is the source, and should I try to reapply the heatsink?
I built the computer in July 2007, only adding two more HDDs since then: