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The quietest graphics card for around $100-200?

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May 2, 2013 4:41:37 AM

Hi guys,

I'm about to build a new gaming pc not on a crazy budget and without the need to play crazy games. I certainly wont be playing skyrim and dont NEED graphics cards over $250.

I will only be playing Dota 2/CS and maybe something similar...

I've done a lot of research and imagine that something around a Radeon 7750 is suitable but i would much rather something quiet and willing to pay a little extra.

I have a HAF 912 lined up with Hyper Evo 212 on the CPU so it should have decent airflow and already be quiet.

I was keen on a MSI Twin Frozr 7850 2GB but i read that the whole 7850 range was quite loud and now i dont know what to do...

Please help! <3
May 2, 2013 4:53:51 AM

FYI I have a 7850 and it isn't loud. I'll hear the fans when it's loaded running OC'd but I don't notice it while playing games, if it's idle you can't even tell it's there. A lot of your noise will also depend on choice of cases and component/wire placement.
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May 2, 2013 5:05:43 AM

Theres a ASUS 6950 1GB up for grabs for $99 or most of the Radeon 7750 Brands at around the same $100 mark....maybe just try grab the 6950 and if that doesnt work opt for the cheaper 7750?

I was really keen for a 7850 but i think ive scared myself out of getting it because some fussy person writes that its loud. =/

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May 2, 2013 5:11:14 AM

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

I built a machine with one of these, it is almost silent, plus you get all those killer games
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May 2, 2013 5:21:15 AM

diim said:
spentshells said:
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

I built a machine with one of these, it is almost silent, plus you get all those killer games


almost silent while gaming or while idle? In a sleeping house would it be audible from a few metres away?


Inaudible over ambient idle, noticeable under 30%-40% load but it sounds like white noise not annoying, distinctive under load. Unless your doing GPGPU it'll be idle most of the time. This is from 2 1/2 or so meters away. Plus if your computer isn't actively doing anything I'd recommending letting it go to sleep for various reasons.
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May 2, 2013 5:24:04 AM

ddpruitt said:
diim said:
spentshells said:
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

I built a machine with one of these, it is almost silent, plus you get all those killer games


almost silent while gaming or while idle? In a sleeping house would it be audible from a few metres away?


Inaudible over ambient idle, noticeable under 30%-40% load but it sounds like white noise not annoying, distinctive under load. Unless your doing GPGPU it'll be idle most of the time. This is from 2 1/2 or so meters away. Plus if your computer isn't actively doing anything I'd recommending letting it go to sleep for various reasons.


Exactly this.

Plus 3 primo games
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May 2, 2013 5:24:20 AM

ddpruitt said:
diim said:
spentshells said:
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

I built a machine with one of these, it is almost silent, plus you get all those killer games


almost silent while gaming or while idle? In a sleeping house would it be audible from a few metres away?


Inaudible over ambient idle, noticeable under 30%-40% load but it sounds like white noise not annoying, distinctive under load. Unless your doing GPGPU it'll be idle most of the time. This is from 2 1/2 or so meters away. Plus if your computer isn't actively doing anything I'd recommending letting it go to sleep for various reasons.


Ahk, so if I'm gaming at night it will be quite audible from 2-3 metres away?

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May 2, 2013 5:35:27 AM

spentshells said:
ddpruitt said:
diim said:
spentshells said:
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

I built a machine with one of these, it is almost silent, plus you get all those killer games


almost silent while gaming or while idle? In a sleeping house would it be audible from a few metres away?


Inaudible over ambient idle, noticeable under 30%-40% load but it sounds like white noise not annoying, distinctive under load. Unless your doing GPGPU it'll be idle most of the time. This is from 2 1/2 or so meters away. Plus if your computer isn't actively doing anything I'd recommending letting it go to sleep for various reasons.


Exactly this.

Plus 3 primo games


The games look like a pretty nice sweetener...Is it worth getting the 2gb 7850 version for an extra $3
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May 2, 2013 5:42:06 AM

The asus, msi, and evga cards are usually fairly quiet. No matter what you get you should be able to adjust your gpu fan until its quiet enough. A passive cooler will be silent no matter what but you wont have anything better than a 7750
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May 2, 2013 7:24:40 AM

diim said:
spentshells said:
ddpruitt said:
diim said:
spentshells said:
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

I built a machine with one of these, it is almost silent, plus you get all those killer games


almost silent while gaming or while idle? In a sleeping house would it be audible from a few metres away?


Inaudible over ambient idle, noticeable under 30%-40% load but it sounds like white noise not annoying, distinctive under load. Unless your doing GPGPU it'll be idle most of the time. This is from 2 1/2 or so meters away. Plus if your computer isn't actively doing anything I'd recommending letting it go to sleep for various reasons.


Exactly this.

Plus 3 primo games


The games look like a pretty nice sweetener...Is it worth getting the 2gb 7850 version for an extra $3


3 dollars then yes absolutely. I picked the one I had up for 30 dollars cheaper than the 2 GB version.
This sapphire version with dual fans is quiet and less audible than a coolermaster case fan.
It is very quiet you will be quite surprised. The 7850 is also twice as powerful as the 7750
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May 2, 2013 9:49:10 AM

diim said:
spentshells said:
ddpruitt said:
diim said:
spentshells said:
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

I built a machine with one of these, it is almost silent, plus you get all those killer games


According to the charts the extra Gig actually makes a significant difference, besides for $3 buck why not?

almost silent while gaming or while idle? In a sleeping house would it be audible from a few metres away?


Inaudible over ambient idle, noticeable under 30%-40% load but it sounds like white noise not annoying, distinctive under load. Unless your doing GPGPU it'll be idle most of the time. This is from 2 1/2 or so meters away. Plus if your computer isn't actively doing anything I'd recommending letting it go to sleep for various reasons.


Exactly this.

Plus 3 primo games


The games look like a pretty nice sweetener...Is it worth getting the 2gb 7850 version for an extra $3


The extra gig makes a difference according to the charts, besides for 3 bucks why not?

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May 3, 2013 1:27:03 AM

Thanks guys,

I went out and got the Sapphire 2GB 7850...Ill try it out and post results as soon as i can :) 

I also have a Hard Drive issue...theres a thread in the Storage section if anyone knows about IDE drives

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thanks for the help
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