Hello to all,

Recently my Radeon 8500 has been sounding like the blender I bought at a yard sale. The whining and noise from the fan is getting a lil much. My question is how important is the heatsink fan, and can the card run fine with it unplugged. I am not o/c'ing my puter and I rarely game. Other than the noise the card has been fine. Any advice would be appreciated.