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Best Quiet Videocard for 24" monitor under $150??

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January 21, 2009 1:17:12 PM

Price range is preferably under $150 and under $100 is even better.

I presently have an AGP Nvidia GeForce 7600 GS which is fanless in an older Pentium D 3.4 Ghz system.
It runs at 57-60 C according the Speedfan monitor in normal use.

Will be building a Core 7 system.
Am a casual gamer.
Have a Doublesight 245W 24" monitor.

Would like the best performing quietest and coolest running card for the money in my price range.
The reason I want quiet is that I mostly do audio and music work on my PC.

Thanks for any advice.

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January 21, 2009 1:36:28 PM

HD4850 or 9800GTX+, if you really wanna penny-pinch, look to the 4830 and 9800GT.
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January 21, 2009 1:41:45 PM

Probably something like a 8800GT class with a silent after-market cooler attached. I've heard good things about the accelero S1.

Good choices for the card:
9600gso, 9600gt, 8800gt/9800gt
HD 3850, HD 3870, HD 4830, HD 4850

Of course, to utilize passive cooling, you'll need good case air flow.
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January 21, 2009 3:04:37 PM

You can also go for the 9500GT. It's basically a budget 8800 and can drive up to 2560x1600 of pixels. Since it's not designed to be the paragon of gaming or anything like that, the stock fan will do.
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January 21, 2009 4:02:51 PM

I'd go with a GPU that uses an aftermarket type cooler from the factory, MSI has a 9800GT, 9800GT+ and 2 - 4850s that feature this type cooler at or below your budget. 3 pin fan control that can be controlled by Rivatuner for speed/quiet.

If after you've installed and run this card and still find it to be too loud you can replace the shroud/fan with a 120mm low decibel case fan such as a scythe 20db fan for even quieter running (zip tie it in place.)
January 21, 2009 6:28:23 PM

Thanks for the recommendations! :hello: 
Will do some homework and check back when I have more questions.

Am pretty much interested in ones with stock fan/cooling that do the job in terms of heat and noise.

I will probably be using an aftermarket fan/cooler for the CPU, but am not sure if that will be needed
for the Core 7's.

Am using an Alpine cooler/fan on present CPU and it is fantastic and quiet.