Yep, you read that correctly, I’m running a fairly old video card and have been for years! The problem is, the fan (on the video card) is dying on it and I’m sick of the noise that dying fan is producing.
I don’t do a lot of gaming, so I don’t need a powerful card. In fact, my case is fairly small length wise, so a large card is difficult to fit in anyhow. It is PCI Express, so that is my first requirement, secondly it needs to support dual output (I can’t go back to a single monitor), and lastly, it needs to be under $50.
I’ve actually been considering just trying to replace the fan on the card itself, but I haven’t taken the time to look at how this fan is mounted and whether or not I’d be able to do that (as the card works well, and it does what I need just fine).
So here are my requirements as a summary:
- Must be PCI Express
- Must support 2 monitors
- Must be under $50
- I prefer an older model so it has a better guarantee of working in Linux (optional)
So now I leave it to you, would you replace the card or try and repair the fan? And if you’d replace it, what would you replace it with and why?