Has my EVGA Video Card Failed

The computer is running Windows 7 64bit. The problem I'm having is when running Farmville or other graphics intensive programs it locks up and sometimes shuts off.  Mostly just gets really sluggish and freezes.  The video card is an EVGA e-GeForce 7600 GT 256MB.  I believe the card is failing and/or insufficient to run these games quickly.  I've attached a picture of what appears to be something that has been burned.  Just looking for confirmation that this isn't how that part should look.  Thanks in advance.
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Nick RhodeIT DirectorCommented:
Yeah that looks burnt.  I wouldn't doubt its a defective video card.  Did you just try using your onboard and see what the results are?
1namylnAuthor Commented:
I haven't used the onboard video but I have tried another new card and the problem seems to have gone away.  The new card though is of same cheap quality but has 1GB or RAM vice 256.
Nick RhodeIT DirectorCommented:
Card just burnt out, it happens from time to time.  I would just leave the 1GB in for a while to see if the problem persists.  Then replace it with a better one.......like this


If I had $1000 just laying around :)

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dbruntonQuid, Me Anxius Sum?Commented:
There looks like a black mark across the shroud.  That looks like a burn mark or electrical short of some sort.

You also have a lot of dust on that card.  The dust is one good possible reason the card isn't working and could be responsible for the burn mark.  Vacuum and blow the dust off the card.  Remove that shroud and check the fan.  I can see dust attached to that.  Check that the fan spins freely.

Then retry the card.
1namylnAuthor Commented:
Thanks to all.  Crappy card to start with.  I'm finding that a lasting card cost at least $100.  My experience though.
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