I'm really in a bind.
I don't know if this is the right place to ask but I have been having some issues with a Zotac GeForce GTX 460 that I recently purchased and installed. The card's minimum power requirement is 450 W so I installed a 500 W power supply as well. (First time upgrading a PSU) I installed the driver for the card and made sure all of the power connectors were where they should be. And I proceeded to start up APB Reloaded (somewhat graphics intensive F2P game). Everything ran smoothly for about 8 minutes, until my monitor suddenly went into sleep mode and was stuck in that state and the only thing I could do was restart the PC.
At this point, I have run MSI Afterburner and watched as the GPU temperature gradually climbed from 40~50 degrees C (idle) to about 100 degrees C (with load).
Why is it getting this hot?
Is there anything I can do to alleviate this issue?
This card should easily be able to handle this game (and more), yet it heats up so quickly that I am not able to do anything.
Even during the installation I made sure to remove all of the dust from inside the case.
Could it be a defect in the card?
I have a feeling it has to do with the stock case's small size, but I'm not sure.
The PC has 8GB of RAM, a Core 2 Quad, ~300 GB of space, and is running Vista.
(Here's the actual PC: Newegg
Any help would be greatly appreciated!!