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Hey guys, looking for some advice or reassurance.

I recently got a new graphics card as I sold my console and wanted to start gaming on PC. The only games Ive really played are older ones as I've been a bit strapped for cash. So the card hasn't been worked all that hard, it was hardly ever above 60% load playing older call of duty games.
I just got crysis 3 and have been playing with the settings as high as I can whilst still getting a decent frame rate. I just played 2 hours straight and started to smell a melting plastic smell.
I opened up the case and its the card is coming from, the card was only at 70 degrees C though so its not [i]that[/i] hot I don't think.
Is this something to be expected with a new card? I tried google but some seem to say its bad whilst others are saying that its normal.

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What PSU do you have? I've these symptoms when they've been ready to die before.

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[quote name='Mark' timestamp='1363529743' post='595582404']
What PSU do you have? I've these symptoms when they've been ready to die before.
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its quite an old one, I got it maybe 4 years ago.
The fan did stop a few weeks ago but I gave it a push round and it started again. I checked that but it was still spinning.
Perhaps the fan is on its way out and isnt spinning full speed?
The card requires a minimum 400W supply and thats what I have.

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Burning plastic / electrical smell comes from overloaded PSUs alright, I ran 2 x 6850s on 1 x 570w Trust PSU to see what would happen, its stunk the room out with that smell and cut out, but always recovered


400w minimum, if you have a 400w PSU, it is not providing 400w or anything close to that
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Sounds like serious overheating to me.

Let the case Open for better cooling.

Or likely there will be a melt-down and permanent damage.


And I have never had a smell come from a new video card.

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Thanks for the help guys, Ill take it easy with the gaming until I get a new PSU
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[quote name='Guth' timestamp='1363533657' post='595582492']
Thanks for the help guys, Ill take it easy with the gaming until I get a new PSU
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Look into getting something with an 80+ efficiency at least and you'll be golden :)

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Hello,

Just to check, did your new video card come with any plastic wrapping on it? The last model I purchased (EVGA GTX660 SC) had some transparent plastic cling film over the heat sink to prevent it from being scratched.

Regards,

Aryeh Goretsky

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[quote name='goretsky' timestamp='1363556642' post='595582906']
Hello,

Just to check, did your new video card come with any plastic wrapping on it? The last model I purchased (EVGA GTX660 SC) had some transparent plastic cling film over the heat sink to prevent it from being scratched.

Regards,

Aryeh Goretsky
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yeah it did, its an evga GTX650 SSC
However, I did take it all off xD (just double checked just incase haha)

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I only commented to say isn't it an awful smell!!!! I hated it but because i was broke i put up with it for a week, gaming and using my computer with the window open and taking regular breaks from the smell haha
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It's actually really ****ing toxic, so yeah bring that thing outside and try to push all the air of the room outside. You want to breathe as little of that as possible.
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