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Strange sound? Help please!

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About a month ago something inside my computer started emitting a high pitched whine. It was piercing .... but tolearble. Needless to say it got to the point that it was unbearable. It would come and go, but it was always annoying. Action had to be taken.

After taking the whole thing apart and strategically unplugging everything inside, I've finally discovered that it's my video card: A Diablotek nVidia 6600 AGP/8x.

I took it out, dusted it off, cleaned off the fan and whatnot, plugged it back in and within seconds it was squeeling again... so my question(s):

What the hell is going on with this thing?
Has anything like this happened to anyone else?
Does anyone know how to make it stop?
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Is it the fan that's emitting the noise? Fire it up with the case off, or, if it's on already, touch the power supply chassis to discharge any static electricity, and then stop the fan for a second or two. If it stops, you can re-oil and clean the fan, while you search for a new one. Take off the fan and peel back the little round sticker. In the middle you'll see the little axle. Just put a drop or two of household 3 in 1 oil, and put the sticker back. Take some rubbing or alcohol and some q-tips or a dry toothbrush that you don't use anymore and clean off the fan blades and heatsink (don't use a lot of alcohol). Then give a small short blast of contact cleaner/lubricant in the magnet/brush area of the fan and spin it. Clean any excess, reinstall and fire it up.

If stopping the fan makes no difference, you might have some electrical components about ready to go in which case you'll probably be out of a card soon.
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Yeah... I tried the whole "stop the fan trick" awhile ago. No dice. I think I'm now in the market for a new card.

I don't do a ton of gaming on my PC anymore, now that I've got an XBOX 360... but I have been known to play Battlefield 2, AOEIII and a few others from time to time. I don't want to spend a TON of money... but, any suggestions on a new, but similar card to the one I have?
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