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I have a 4850 in my mini ITX HTPC that sits in my bedroom. The 4850's stock cooler is just too loud, even on the lowest setting and sitting 12 feet away. I ordered a cooler for it (Accelerlo L2) but it's a 3 slot (wasn't specified) and my itx case will only accept a dual slot fan.

I'm tired of messing with it so I'm just going to look for a new card. I want it to be an upgrade to the 4850. And the fan must be quiet. I don't care if it gets a little louder at full load obviously but at idle I don't want to hear it from 12 feet away. I will not do much gaming on this system but I will do some on occasion (720p, racing / arcade style games, no FPS's). Card cannot be longer than 9". And no suggestions of 560ti or 6950.. Already own both and not buying another so lets be realistic

Ultimately I'd like to keep the 4850 since it's a good card and will do great at 720p but the fan noise is a huge issue for me. If you know of a dual slot quiet aftermarket fan for it then please suggest one as well.

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Silverstone Sugo SG05BB-450 (450w 80+ PSU)
Intel Sandy Bridge Celeron G530 2.4GHz
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Sapphire 4850 1GB HDMI
WD Caviar Blue 500GB
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post #2 of 15
Obvious choice is the GTX 460.
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You could grab a 260, it would be dead cheap
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post #4 of 15
Eh, I will be the devils advocate and recommend something from ATI.

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I'm familiar with what the obvious choice is.. my main concern is how loud the card is. I'm looking for a recommendation on a specific card that will have a very quiet fan, not a generalization of what series card.
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post #6 of 15
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Originally Posted by Mudfrog View Post
Ultimately I'd like to keep the 4850 since it's a good card and will do great at 720p but the fan noise is a huge issue for me. If you know of a dual slot quiet aftermarket fan for it then please suggest one as well.
As I mentioned in your other thread, get the Zalman; given the height of the stock Sapphire HSF, it should fit fine.

Send me a PM when you get it installed.
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As I mentioned in your other thread, get the Zalman; given the height of the stock Sapphire HSF, it should fit fine.

Send me a PM when you get it installed.
I'm looking into that option as well. Still open minded to getting a new toy though
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post #8 of 15
With any card you choose, you can always download Afterburner and setup a fan profile to control how fast the fan goes.
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Originally Posted by Mudfrog View Post
I'm looking into that option as well. Still open minded to getting a new toy though
Just go to Newegg, search for a GTX 460 and find one that has a good aftermarket cooler strapped on.
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post #10 of 15
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Originally Posted by Mudfrog View Post
I'm looking into that option as well. Still open minded to getting a new toy though
That's fine; just remember that no OEM solution (outside of a fanless HTPC unit) is going to offer the 18.0dBA (± 10 %) VF1000 silent mode. Given that you want to keep that card, it seems like a "win-win" situation.
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