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So far most of my system is silent or near silent except for the video card. Im looking to see if I can replace my GTX 460 for something quieter but still keep the performance for gaming. I should have done more research before getting an external exhaust video card. I thought i would have high case temp but after my computer was built it is running cooler than I thought it would be. Currently I have a Silverstone gd04b case with all 3 stock case fan running at 450rpm and big shiruken cpu cooler running at 600rpm. My idle temp is 20C for cpu and 25C for mb. During load it just reaches 25C for cpu and 28C for mb. At idle/low load its quiet but I cant hear the video card. Heavy load during game play it can get pretty load. The computer is about 7 feet away from me. Any suggestions?
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post #2 of 10
That's basically the trade off you make for performance. You could try an MSI Hawk card for your next upgrade, they're quite quiet from what I've read. Or you could water cool your rig.
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You could always go with water cooling and use Gentle Typhoons with your rad. (;
    
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25c load on a 2500k with a Scythe Shuriken? What are your ambient temperatures?
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You could go with cards that just have heatsinks for ultimate in quiet. Those are usually made for HTPC and are slower in gaming.
 
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post #6 of 10
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Originally Posted by Gunderman456 View Post
You could go with cards that just have heatsinks for ultimate in quiet. Those are usually made for HTPC and are slower in gaming.
I'd be a bet hesitant.. Snap crackle and pop is worse than fan noise if you catch my drift.
    
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A graphics card with a aftermarket cooler like this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...apphire%205850 is super silent
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post #8 of 10
just pick up an after market cooler for ur card that will make it quiet. like the triple fan solution
    
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my ambient temp is about 15C. 25C is what time getting when running games like sc2 and portal 2. if i ran prime95 it jumps up to around 45C.

i dont know much about watercooling but looking at some of the pictures of the setups it doesnt look like it will fit my case.I did some searching about aftermarket coolers but didnt find much or good enough info. I might just get a new card as external exhaust is about 10db louder than an non external exhaust.
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post #10 of 10
None of those cards anyone has mentioned are 'quiet' imo. My 460 msi cyclone with bios mod to 30% is pretty darn silent on idle but beyond a 460 in terms of upgrade choices get slimmer and slimmer. You're looking at after market coolers like the arctic cooling accelero extreme (also available on some cards already installed) like the 570: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...=sparkle%20570

or 580
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...k=galaxy%20580

There's also the Thermalright Shaman:
http://www.silentpcreview.com/Therma...man_GPU_Cooler

I'm hesitant to recommend asus's cooling solution the DirectCU, on spcr i saw a couple reviews that weren't that great.
The dirt cheap accelero s1 has been added to cards as hot as the 6850 but i'd keep a fan close by (strap on a 120mm or use arctic coolings own 2x80mm addon).
Myself I am going to get a 580 that comes with the arctic cooling extreme already.
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