Hi guys, I'm about ready to pull the trigger on a Puget order, but have to decide on a couple of things I'm really not sure about. I picked up a new Sapphire 7950 OC
, which is quite impressive in terms of heat and noise compared to any other performance card. However Puget was quick to advise stepping up to stock Antec Tri-cool fans if I wanted to go with this card, because while its idle is totally fine, load could bring it up to around 62°-64°. So far 49° is the highest I've gotten, but I haven't hammered it. If Puget says this is an issue, they're probably right, but do you guys think so? I mean this isn't like yesterday's cards. And what do you think of the stock P183v3 noise levels (given smart adjustments are made), because rather than 11-14 dB I guess this puts it in the twenties. They say it's still really quiet, but I see efforts here at SPCR to replace the tri-cools so it can't be perfect. My real conflict is this PC is first and foremost for listening to music, every day. I really do need it to be as quiet as possible. Gaming, Photoshop, Blender/Maya and video encoding are things I enjoy, but in reality very occasionally. I want my experience in those to be great, hence the card, but I'd just hate if the fans had say a constant whoosh characteristic just to accommodate it. I have no idea what these sound like though, maybe you guys know. Anyway I can either go forward with the stock fan build, or I was considering stepping down to this 7750
. I'm not even sure that's cool enough or not for the silent fan option. Besides that are there any other Quadros or desktop cards I should be considering? I could honestly go $100-$400 so long as they're well rounded, quiet or silent and don't impact the build much. I mean maybe I'll just stick with the 7950, it's an amazing
card, it's just I had the base silent package in mind.
A whole other issue I'm really concerned about is my current machine really heats the room up something awful. It's got a Q9450, Rampage mobo and Ultra X3 1000W PSU. Everyone says increases in efficiency over the last 5 years will really make a difference here, but I'm still worried whether this PC will be cool enough or not. Should I honestly to that end be looking at Micro ATX builds or something? For instance that's what my torrent machine in the other room is, it's not nearly as bad about it. I just know somewhere in between the spectrum from 10 inch netbooks to overclocked gamer stations PC's really begin to noticably affect room temperature. Finally being rid of this gave me the idea to upgrade in the first place. Do you think it will work out well with this build, what effect will the 7950 have on this, and should I be considering changing something(s) to accomplish this? If I don't seriously cut down on heat and noise, this build will have been for nothing. I'm open to any suggestions.