so, i bought an alienware m15x from a guy on craigslist, and it's been running fine, with no problems. it has the following gpu/cpu: intel core i7 720 nvidia geforce 260 gtx keep in mind, i have the latest bios (a08), and the lastest dell driver for the 260. well, i was playing borderlands today, and the game apparently crashed. the screen went black, and i couldn't see anything. i immediately started researching the problem, and i isolated the problem as most likely being an overheating issue with the gpu. i looked on here, and i decided to just put some thermal paste on it, as that's the usual fix it seems for something like this. the PROBLEM i'm now having though, and the reason i'm posting this, is because i downloaded furmark, to see how hot the gpu was really getting. when i played borderlands again earlier with hwmonitor, it peaked at 95 celcius, which is incredibly high. well, during furmark's benchmark test, it got up to 97 degrees before the screen went completely black again, and i had to hard restart. my question is this: is it too late for my poor graphics card? will applying thermal paste even help at this point?