First off thanks to both of you.
If you are determined to get a 5770, then get the Silent cell. You won't have to muck around with a 3rd party cooler, you'll keep the warranty active and I doubt it'll generate much heat (~25W
) doing the 2D work you want to do.
Good points. also I realized the price is about the same as if I got a cheap card and added on cooler. The only thing is there is no fan header so I will always need to have my case fans fast enough to cool at it's maximum usage. Are one or two slow moving intake fans enough to cool a 5770?
I'd use Arctic Cooling's Twin Turbo Pro, it has 3 and 4-pin connectors on its fan cable as well as molex to 12v, 7v, and 5v adapters.
If you're looking for a stock option that saves power without sacrificing much performance, PowerColor makes a passive 5750 with a heatsink that's VERY similar to the Accelero S1.
I know it's not a 5770 but it doesn't need to connect to the power supply either, it's gets all its power from the motherboard.http://www.powercolor.com/global/produc ... asp?id=214
I think you are right on about the cooler. I would prefer to use that 5750 as it is the lowest end card that supports output to 3 monitors. Unfortunately hackintosh doesn't support it well. Apple sells the 5770 and the 5870 and getting anything else to work is difficult. This is my first hackintosh build and I want to do as little custom editing of config files as possible. It's hard enough custom editing my xorg.config file to get onboard and add on graphic to work on my linux box and there is way more documentation.