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#1 emetic

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Posted 05 January 2017 - 01:43 AM

Hey so the girlfriend's been complaining about how loud my computer is on idle for years now and I'm finally giving up and replacing the video card with a quiet one, as that's definitely the main loudness thing in the rig, despite regular dusting. Maybe it needs new thermal paste, idk, but I've never pulled apart a graphics card and I'm not sure how easy this one would be.

 

I'm replacing a gigabyte GTX 560 Ti OC.So ... yeah what's a quiet one with reasonable, middle range performance? I've looked at the fanless ones and I'm baulking because I'd not get that much of a graphics upgrade for the spend.

 

So I'm probably more looking at something like the Asus Strix (I like owls) GTX1050 Ti because the Strix series have that low-load fan shutoff. Does anyone know if there are cheaper versions of the GTX1050 Ti which have similar fan shutoff? (edit: oh I see Asus' Expedition version of the GTX1050 has it too, but how about other brands?)

I'd love to go up to a GTX1060 but that's a big price jump; ideally I'll stick to around the <$300 mark because I don't play many graphics-heavy games. The PC's mostly doing internet duties but I do still want to be able to play modern stuff at my leisure.

 

The other specs are:

i7 2600k

12GB RAM

SSD and HDDs

1080p

 

the video card is probably the performance bottleneck anyway right.


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Posted 05 January 2017 - 06:17 AM

Just out of curiosity. Are you sure it's not your case fans? Your card should be spooling it's fans down or even off when not under load?
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Posted 05 January 2017 - 06:27 AM

Could try get a 3gb 1060
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Posted 05 January 2017 - 06:52 AM

But yeah under $300 I would go gtx 1050 or Rx 460.

You going to get rid of your 560? I would possibly be interested
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Posted 05 January 2017 - 11:03 AM

Just out of curiosity. Are you sure it's not your case fans? Your card should be spooling it's fans down or even off when not under load?

The case fans make their own noise, but the graphics card is definitely making noise when idling too. Less than whwn it's working hard though, of course. It doesn't shut the fans down entirely.
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Posted 05 January 2017 - 11:07 AM

But yeah under $300 I would go gtx 1050 or Rx 460.

You going to get rid of your 560? I would possibly be interested

Yeah I'll be getting rid of the 560 to recoup a little of the cost but if you are interested we can work something out.
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Posted 05 January 2017 - 12:34 PM

I would get this mate https://www.thundert...phics-card.html
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Posted 05 January 2017 - 01:23 PM

Ah yah thanks i was looking at the various Asus versions of the GTX1050 and considering the differences, but the Dual didn't have the super quiet fans with total idle shutoff, right?
Oh and it's not overclocked... but $60 cheaper is a good price point.

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Posted 05 January 2017 - 01:35 PM

I'm not super if that has 0% fan mode, but GPUs have come so far since your old 560 that you wouldn't notice between idle and off most likely anyway. Those 560ti are notorious for dying too
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Posted 05 January 2017 - 05:51 PM

The 560Ti has been going hard so far, no problems. Anyway I've ordered the 1050 Strix. Quietness was the whole point so it'd be silly to compromise on that... It looks nice and has RGB lighting so that's totally worth it.

 

But yeah I need to investigate all the case fans too; there's probably like one noisy one spoiling it for the rest of them.


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Posted 05 January 2017 - 06:13 PM

I'm possibly interested in your 560ti as I've got an old PC here that has a gt610 in it haha.
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Posted 05 January 2017 - 10:48 PM

Altight I'll check the trademe rate for that then let you know.
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Posted 17 January 2017 - 07:11 PM

I'm running a Radeon R9 380, 0dB.

 

It's that quiet because the fan doesn't turn on unless you are REALLY running the card hard and the internal temperature rises above 65 degrees or something like that. That is something that you can fine tune though.


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Posted 17 January 2017 - 11:52 PM

Oh yah thanks for reminding me. The 1050 Ti is nice and inaudible and cranks out the frames absolutely sufficiently for my needs.

Now i need to quieten my case fans... ho hum. No hum. I might just remove a couple enntirely and block the mesh off. My cpu air cooler is supposed to be a quiet one as it's a Noctua but I'm considering going for a little all in one water cooler now,,as they are getting surprisingly cheap.
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Posted 19 January 2017 - 05:30 PM

Honestly just get a couple pieces of polystyrene and place them around the fan.

As long as nothing too hot is actually touching the poly then that will reduce the noise massively.


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Posted 19 January 2017 - 05:44 PM

What do you mean by around? I don't understand.


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Posted 26 January 2017 - 12:20 PM

How old is your rig and how often do you use it? Do you leave it on 24/7 as fan bearings do get noisy and full of crud and with it being gradual you aren't likely to notice it. I would suggest some new fans and run them in quite mode if not your overclocking.  Also look at your bios options and see if you can spin them down a little.


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Posted 26 January 2017 - 08:32 PM

Thanks
The pc is about 4 years old maybe and only on for about 6 hours a day. They probably were cruddy.
I have a very mild overclock on.
I unplugged 2 case fans which were strangely noisy and, combined with the new video card, i now have a decently quiet pc.
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