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    Default Please help... I want peace and quiet!

    Hi, I have a 6800 and want to upgrade to a better card, but definately one that is QUIETER!

    Do people have any suggestions for around 220?

    Please tell me, and include links to shops if you can!

    Thank you very much!

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    Hello there and welcome to the forums

    do you know if your on AGP or PCI-E?

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    Hi, thanks for replying. I would like a PCI-E card, to replace my 6800GS. I am thinking of the 7900GT, but have read various different things about the noisy fan, but I cannot seem to find any cooling solutions for it.

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    I've heard the EVGA boards have the fan controller intact on there 7900 GT boards, which means it'll run much quieter, but probably not quiet enough for your liking.

    Personally i would go for this:

    Sapphire X1800 XT 512MB (£223). You can grab an Accelero 2 for this card and make it extremely quite. It's faster, better image quality and with the Accelero 2 it'll be super quiet. These will eventually run out of stock, so hurry.
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    I am kinda tempted by HIS Excalibur ATI Radeon X1900 XT ICEQ 3 SILENT Heatpipe 512MB GDDR3 AVIVO TV-Out/Dual DVI (PCI-Express) - Retail (GX-053-HT) on the same web site.

    I have a 350W power supply - will this take that?

    What do you think of that card - it should be quiet!

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    Just a tad over your 220 limit!

    350W is really pushing it, i wouldn't run a card like that on a 350W PSU, especially if it's an unbranded model. A 7900 GT is a much better option if you don't want to get a new PSU, but still, i wouldn't like to run a 7900 GT on it either. You will absolutely need to upgrade that PSU for an X1900 XT.

    As for the HIS card, it's good but not worth the money. Grab the Connect3D version (281) and an Accelero 2 at (23) which brings the total to 304, which is 24 cheaper! Considering you'll need a decent PSU, you'll no doubt appreciate that 24 saving.

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    Yup, I think that I will have to get a new supply. What sort of wattage will I need? And can you recommend a silent one for me?

    Thanks for your help - you have been amazing!

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    Yup, I think that I will have to get a new supply. What sort of wattage will I need? And can you recommend a silent one for me?

    Thanks for your help - you have been amazing!

    Also - are they easy to fit? This also goes for the new card.

    These are my specs...
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    Foxconn TLA-397 ATX Case
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    Nothing special, but it does the job!

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    Very easy to fit, should be childs play.

    If low noise is your thing you cannot beat Seasonic units, though they do cost quite a bit. They are the most robust power supplies i've come across. http://www.pureoverclock.com/review.php?id=15

    You could get the 430w model but for future proofing it's best to go for the 500W model. If you want something to handle SLI or CrossFire in the future, the 600W is probably wise.

    I'd also recommend both the Enermax Noistetaker and Liberty - both very quiet indeed. You can find all those units at OCUK but try shopping around for better deals just incase.

    I've mentioned thse units purely because you said low noise, there are others out there that would be fine for a little less money, but these are the best for noise.

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    Okay... MAJOR change of plan.

    (Initally prompted by checking out my bank balance.. ouch!)

    I opened up my case to have a look in there. Despite what the shop had told me, it was not the graphics card making the noise, but the power supply (I think). It could have been the Intelk fan, but it was pretty much definately coming from the top part by the power supply.

    So, a new power supply is a MUST.

    But, now I have been looking into graphics cards, I have the taste buds up, particulary now I have bought Oblivion...

    My 6800 obviously is not THAT noisy.

    So, I have an open mind on a new card. I am now tempted by the X1800/X1900 whereas before I would not have even considered it. I am also tempted by the 7900.

    What would you recommend then? Is it worth paying extra for a X1900? Is the X1800 really that noisy?

    If I go for a X1800, do I really need 600W?

    Questions, questions... sorry, but you are very very helpful!
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    Hi, sorry to bother you again. I have finally decided to go for a Sapphire X1800 XT 512MB and get a accellero cooler.

    But, what power supply shuold I go for? I feel that 600W is too much power - and money! I am not planning on upgrading that much. I am only running an extra sound card. What do you think I could get away with?

    Thanks for your time.

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    If 70 sounds reasonable you could grab an Enermax Liberty 500W, i found this power supply to offer everything in terms of power and noise. You could grab a Seasonic 500W for around 90, they really do make the best in terms of price/performance.

    This one is probably decent too and a little cheaper, though i've not tested it. In fact this one is probably your best choice because its a decent brand and cheap!

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