Originally Posted by schmidta99
Thanks. I think I'm gonna get the arctic. Just for the fact that I can use it on a another video card later.
Or you could just sell the 7870xt and get a faster and cooler card (gtx 760 or 7950) for the same price as the 7870xt+ the cooler. If you acknowledged that noise, along with cooler temperatures, is important, it would only make sense that you wouldn't make the mistake of getting a card with a sub-par cooling system in the future. This sort of makes using the cooler in the future pointless, especially considering how ugly it is. In addition, the resale value of those coolers is lousy- you'll barely be able to sell the card+cooler for more than the stock card by itself.