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Upgrading MSI GT 430, $100 budget

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Now
BUDGET RANGE: < $100 After Rebates
USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: No gaming, no movies, just browsing
CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: MSI GT430, 305W PSU
OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: Dell Dimension E520, 3GB
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: None
PARTS PREFERENCES: None
OVERCLOCKING: No SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Don’t know what this is
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 2560x1600
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Must have fan controller…current card doesn’t and I’m losing my hearing!
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    jcarole said:
    APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Now
    BUDGET RANGE: < $100 After Rebates
    USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: No gaming, no movies, just browsing
    CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: MSI GT430, 305W PSU
    OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: Dell Dimension E520, 3GB
    PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: None
    PARTS PREFERENCES: None
    OVERCLOCKING: No SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Don’t know what this is
    MONITOR RESOLUTION: 2560x1600
    ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Must have fan controller…current card doesn’t and I’m losing my hearing!


    Try MSI Afterburner and see if you can drop the fan speeds; keep an eye on GPU temperatures though.
    http://event.msi.com/vga/afterburner/download.htm

    Your resolution, 2560x1600 is a bit much for a GT 430, though (no gaming, but still). Might be best to get a "better" card, but your PSU is definitely limited. At 50W, the GT 430 could be replaced with a Radeon HD 6570/6670 without incident. Not much improvement, however, you may be happier with the fan noise.

    Good luck!
  2. Thanks for the quick reply. Yeah, tried Afterburner (latest version and even current beta) and it did not affect the fan at all; MSI help board said card doesn't have a fan controller chip.
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