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April 30, 2010 2:57:36 PM

Here is my build:

Intel Core i7-930
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] -_-Product

Zalman CNPS9700
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835118019&cm_re=zalman_CNPS9700-_-35-118-019-_-Product

ASUS P6TD Deluxe
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] -_-Product

Lian Li PC-7B plus II
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 0plus%20II

G Skill F3-12800CL7T-6GBPI
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] CL7T-6GBPI

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 610 EPS12V
http://www.pcpower.com/power-suppl [...] ps12v.html

All I need now is a graphics card. I will not be doing any overclocking, crossfire, or SLI. I would like to be able to do dual monitor, so I am looking for a card with two DVI ports. The system will not be used for gaming, but it will be on most of the time so I don't need it too be extremely powerful, but I would like it to be a good one. I would like a quiet PC, so I am looking for a card that has a heatsink but not a fan, as I hear that those tend to generate some noise. I don't have any specific preference, I have heard that nVIDIA and ATI cards are very good. My budget for the card is $30-$70.

Thanks.
April 30, 2010 3:36:09 PM

I have been searching quite carefully for a dual DVI card and there don't seem to be too many. Of the few I found, I really don't know what I am looking for, so I'm not sure which is the best. Is it better to use a VGA to DVI adapter than get a card with two DVI slots?
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a c 130 U Graphics card
April 30, 2010 4:36:59 PM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Low-power, somewhat strong, probably the best you'll get for the price.
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April 30, 2010 5:13:30 PM

Thanks so much for the reply. I have two questions on this, if you don't mind. First, it says the memory type is DDR2. Does that have anything to do with my RAM? If so, will I have problems because I am using DDR3 RAM. And the other thing is that this comes with a fan. I had heard that video card fans tend to make a lot of noise, do you know if this is true?
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a c 130 U Graphics card
April 30, 2010 8:18:10 PM

No, DDR2 will not affect you whatsoever.

As for noise, I did a quick search on "Loud," and "Noise," and all I got was, "Not very loud, not very warm," so you should be just fine.

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May 1, 2010 12:59:33 PM

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May 1, 2010 1:54:24 PM

DDR2 on the graphics card will not conflict with DDR3 RAM. However, it will have only 1/2 the memory bandwidth of DDR3. No offense meant to the one who suggested this card, but I would avoid any 4670 with DDR2. A 4670 with DDR3 should be quite a bit faster and not use much more power or cost that much more. In fact most 4670s do have DDR3.
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a c 130 U Graphics card
May 1, 2010 2:10:55 PM

That sort of weirded me out too, but then again, his budget is $70.
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