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I'm wanting to put together a new gaming rig that's power conscious (and quiet), using as little watts as possible, but still able to run WoW, FPS, & Strategy type games at 1920x1080 or 1920x1200, one monitor.

I've been looking through some of the benchmark reviews for cards & it looks like the GTX 460 or the HD 5770 might be good choices of low power cards but still be able to run most things max at 1080.

I know the 560 is coming out pretty soon, but as I understand, the clocks are a lot higher. So I'm guessing it'll either draw more power, or be louder than the 460. Plus the 460 is super cheap at about $140 now, and the 560 is likely $280+.

I have a 285 in my current rig & the 460 seems about equal to that or a little better, but both quieter & uses less power. The 285 is definitely audible under load. It seems to still handle most anything except Metro 2033 at high or ultra settings at 1920x1200.

Then what size power supply should I get with it, how low can I go? Or will say a 550 & 750 watt PSU both draw the same amount of power if they are in the same rig? This I don't know.
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If your choice is between a 460 and a 5770, go with the 460. I've owned a 5770 Vapor-X edition and it is a nice card (stays very cool and the fan is silent even at 100%), but the performance is just not up there with the 460. The biggest thing you can do if you want to have a silent gaming machine is setting up fan profiles in MSI Afterburner. Just do some testing with it and make sure the fan speeds are able to keep the card running cool enough but also within your ideal sound range.

As far as the power supply goes, you should be fine with a 550w or 600w power supply. Those cards aren't very power hungry at all.
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Is there a better card I should consider over the 460?
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If you are looking for being quiet as well as power efficient, then nothing really fits that bill. I would suggest a 6870, but once you get the fan speed past 35%, it gets pretty loud very fast. It doesn't use much power at all (I could crossfire two of them on my 650w power supply) but I'm sure you wouldn't like the noise. If you can, I would at least wait and see what the 560 has to offer. Both the 580 and 570 have shown to use less power and be much quieter than their 480 and 470 counterparts.
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Then what size power supply should I get with it, how low can I go? Or will say a 550 & 750 watt PSU both draw the same amount of power if they are in the same rig? This I don't know.
With a single mid range gpu a 500w PSU would be plenty. Most PSUs draw roughly the same amount of power in the same rig. So a 1200w PSU hooked up to a rig with a i7 920 and a gtx 460 would pull roughly the same amount of power from the wall socket as a 500w would.

By the way, you should really check out the forums at silentpcreview.com. Those guys love their silent, power efficient rigs!

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I've owned a 5770 Vapor-X edition and it is a nice card (stays very cool and the fan is silent even at 100%)
There is no way the Vapor X is silent at 100% fan speed lol

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If you are looking for being quiet as well as power efficient, then nothing really fits that bill.
A gigabyte gtx 460 perfectly fits the bill
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If you can, I would at least wait and see what the 560 has to offer.
I agree
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A gigabyte gtx 460 perfectly fits the bill
He was asking if another card over the 460 would be a better choice for noise and power efficiency. In that case nothing else seems viable (at least in my point of view).

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There is no way the Vapor X is silent at 100% fan speed lol
You'd be surprised. the Vapor-X 5770 was the quietest card I've ever owned (besides that one passively cooled Nvidia card I had years ago). Most of the noise you hear when you put the fan speed up to 100% is just the air moving, not the fan itself. I was very impressed with the card, especially since at 35% fan speed I wouldn't get over 60 C under full load.
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The 5770 draws less power and mine is very quiet. I can run most things maxed at 1080p at ~40FPS
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He was asking if another card over the 460 would be a better choice for noise and power efficiency. In that case nothing else seems viable (at least in my point of view).
ah okay gotcha. There are a few other cards which would work such as the passive 5750 models, but the selection is rather limited.



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You'd be surprised. the Vapor-X 5770 was the quietest card I've ever owned (besides that one passively cooled Nvidia card I had years ago). Most of the noise you hear when you put the fan speed up to 100% is just the air moving, not the fan itself. I was very impressed with the card, especially since at 35% fan speed I wouldn't get over 60 C under full load.
Oh so you were saying there is no motor noise, gotcha. To me either motor or air noise makes a fan not silent, but then again Im a silence freak.
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Oh so you were saying there is no motor noise, gotcha. To me either motor or air noise makes a fan not silent, but then again Im a silence freak.
Yeah fan noise doesn't bother me too much. I have my 6870 fan speed ramp up to about 50% or so (loud if you don't have anything going on) when I play games since I have headphones on anyway.
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Thanks for all the info & I wasn't aware of silentpcreview.com. I'll go check that out too.

Is the 560 coming in January? I just saw a post saying the 25th. If that's the case, I might as well wait a couple weeks. I didn't know it was THAT soon.

So sounds like 460 or 560 will be the best bet.
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