Originally Posted by NightFire
With stock cooling, some people have managed to bump up their clocks to 375/675 with no artifacts, and that's on the same model XFX Geforce that you've got. Of course, yours may not go that high, but I'd just experiment by OC'ing with 5-10 MHz increments until you get artifacts, and then clock down until they dissapear.
i was thinking about trying that, im just worried that i might not be able to turn down the speed in time before i fry or damage the card. its a crap card, but i don't have any budget for a new one (like a 6600GT
thanks for the help so far