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3 cheap ways to stop your graphics card from overheating

Do you find that every time you try playing a high-end graphics game, you can't help but hear the sounds of cooling fans going crazy inside your PC?

This is one of the most common symptoms of a graphics processor unit (GPU) killing itself to deliver the settings you want for your gaming experience. If it persists, your card could become permanently damaged. Avoiding a dead GPU is very easy and can be done by adopting the following strategies:

Maximise Case Airflow

Just like you, a computer must breathe, too. Your PC and its parts are similar to your car's engine. They can only take so much punishment before all of them keel over from heat exhaustion. There have been several instances when overheated graphics cards were pulled out of computer casings that were designed with poor ventilation.

To counteract this, drill several small holes evenly distributed on either side of your computer case. This will allow cool air outside to enter, making it take longer for temperatures to rise inside.

Monitor Your Temperature

Most PCs have a temperature monitor pre-built into its system. Temperature readings can be found quickly by viewing them from your PC's BIOS screen, which can be reached following the steps below.

  1. Restart your PC.
  2. Once back on, your PC will go through its start up routine - taking you through the different screens. Wait for the screen showing the logo of your PC's processor manufacturer.
  3. This screen will list an option to take you to the BIOS menu and the keys you must press in order to activate it. In most cases, it is either the 'tab' key or 'delete' key.
  4. After a brief load, you will find yourself in the BIOS menu and can navigate through the user interface to find out your PC's temperature readouts.

Leave Overclocking To The Professionals

'Overclocking' means running your PC's GPU at faster speeds or a higher voltage outside the parameters it was built to work with. Setting any performance settings at their maximum runs the risk of causing your GPU to overheat in only a few seconds. Furthermore, overclocking done wrong often results in crashing your PC. In extreme cases, your GPU could melt or even catch on fire.

The best way to steer clear of this happening is to take your PC to a professional technician. They will recommend the safest overclocking settings for your GPU. For more information, contact a business such as Phoenix IT.