First post, by TheAbandonwareGuy
High-res pictures of the board: https://m.imgur.com/gallery/NmScv
I've finally got around to working on my BFG FX5900 I bought a while back. The AGP contacts were dirty but I was able to clean them with a pencil eraser. The card starts artifacting as soon as it's powered on. I disassembled the heatsink (which was already missing screws so I'm guessing this isn't this cards first rodeo) and there's some aftermarket thermal paste that I've never seen before (extremely sticky, it looks like silver powder mixed with a light adhesive) and the area around the memory chips (I'm guessing it's a memory issue) had some on the traces so I'm thinking either the board is damaged or the traces are being messed up by the paste. I cleaned up the paste and there's no obvious damage but if it's artifacting I must be missing something.
Could you guys help me out? I really need a second pair of eyes.
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