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:
SSD and HDDs
the video card is probably the performance bottleneck anyway right.
Edited by emetic, 05 January 2017 - 02:24 AM.