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Suggestions for quiet card for my new rig

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December 4, 2007 2:39:33 AM

not a big gamer or o/c'er. I'd like a decent card and picked out this one but I see review say it is noisy.

I need suggestions for cards that are notedly quiet.

XFX PVT84JUDD3 GeForce 8600GT XXX 256MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
Item #: N82E16814150229
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December 4, 2007 3:00:47 AM

Get a card with a passive heatsink. Should be lots of 7600 GS' cards out there that are fanless.

Should be able to game 1024x768 very well, and they're completely silent because they don't have a fan at all.

If you want something more powerful for gaming purposes, keep looking for other, passively cooled cards.
a b Î Nvidia
December 4, 2007 4:54:54 AM

Below is a link to passively cooled nVidia 8xxx series GPUs:

nVidia Passively Cooled GPUs

Ignore the various flavors of the 8800 series since they come with a waterblock to cool the GPU. That means you'll need to buy a separate watercooling unit.

I chose nVidia 'cause they generally use less electricity than their ATI counterparts which means they should also generate less heat.
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December 4, 2007 1:58:51 PM

The passive 2600 or 2400 are very power efficient as well...
December 4, 2007 11:18:30 PM

Great input, thanks a lot. I got sidetracked 6 months ago when I saw all the options on video cards. This is definitiely pointing me in a good direction. I'm getting real close now to doing it.

My box is running geforce 3 ti200. Deciding on video cards back then was simpler.
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