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Should I swap to a new GPU? Best "silent" new one?

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I've been running a 6970 lighting for the past few months, and its been great, but the temps concern me. Running battlefield3 at 2560x1440 its goes up 75c. I don't have the best air flow, and all my fans are undervolted to be silent.

Should I upgrade to a newer 680 or 7970? Do the new graphic cards run cooler? Also who makes the best silent cards, I know MSI runs quiet, but are there any others?
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I wouldn't change just for temps personally. The newer generation does run cooler, but honestly, those temps aren't that bad.
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I think there are much more quiet cards out there than the lightning series of msi. Everybody praises them but my twin frozr 3 was way too loud.

Buying a reference card along with an arctic cooling aftermarket vga cooler is always the best option in terms of quietness and cooling.
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Asus HD 7850 runs AMAZINGLY quiet on the stock cooler, and i have mine overclocked like crazy, and i am folding on it right now, 44c and fan speed is on auto running at 20% this thing has been maxed out for 2 solid weeks folding AND gaming at the same time, whisper quiet
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