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I built a little mini itx htpc for my bedroom. It's great except for the fan noise from my GPU. I'm using this Sapphire 4850 1GB HDMI that I had lying around. With the fan on the lowest setting (29% is as low as MSI Afterburner will let it go) I can still hear the fan / air from 12 feet away. It's not extremely loud but loud enough it's just annoying. Cooling isn't an issue as idle temps are 38c and load temps stay under 50c which only causes the fan to go at 45%.

I guess I need an aftermarket fan that is going to be quiet and that I could possibly slow down lower than 29%, although I believe that is an Afterburner thing.

How quiet is the single Accelero L2? I'm not concerned with cooling as it's not an issue, so if there is a more quiet option feel free to chime in.
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Do you know that a fanless 6450 can be had for about the same price ($29)?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814150567

Nvidia offers a VP4 solution for only $35 outright (no rebates): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130605

Either one seems much more ideal for HTPC usage.
Edited by jlells01 - 10/7/11 at 4:36am
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Do you know that a fanless 6450 can be had for about the same price ($29)?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814150567

Nvidia offers a VP4 solution for only $35 outright (no rebates): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130605

Either one seems much more ideal for HTPC usage.
Yes, but I already own the 4850 and plan on doing lite gaming.
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