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

Lkdog

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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.
 

einstein4pres

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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.
 

r_manic

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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.
 

dirtmountain

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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.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127370

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.)
 

Lkdog

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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.

 

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