Advice on New Quiet GPU for Dual Monitors

Hi All,

Would greatly appreciate any help with the following:

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: This month (Sep 2011)
BUDGET RANGE: £80-120

USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Movies, Starcraft 2, office work/email

CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: XFX GeForce GT 240 - 550 Mhz Core 1024MB DDR3 HDMI - GT-240X-ZNFC. OCZ600SXS

OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: Core i3 2100, Asus P8P67-M, Inwin Dragon Slayer M-ATX Case

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: N/A
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: UK

PARTS PREFERENCES: N/A

OVERCLOCKING: No
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050 and 1920x1080

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:

I inherited the GT 240 after a friend upgraded, however its incredibly noisy, and i'm not sure that it will be able to support the new 1920x1080 monitor when i add this to my existing 1680x1050 later this week.

The new GPU needs to support two DVI-D connections for the monitors and be as quiet as possible. I would be interested in hearing whether passive cooling is a good idea, or good value.

Thanks in advance.
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  1. Passive cooling solutions aren't good if you plan on playing games.

    I'd recommend something like the 560 ti, it's one of the quietest under load out there.

    Reference:

    http://www.guru3d.com/article/msi-geforce-gtx-560-ti-hawk-review/9

    The bottom of the page there has a nice chart that'll show you the DBA under Idle and under Load. Use this, along with other benchmarks of the GPU's performance to get a good idea of what's best for you and for your budget.
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