As the title says, it's pretty simple: Whats the best card out there that will not require removing parts and buying 3rd party ones, that will have the best idle levels out there while performing as best as possible in games?
From the research I've done it seem like the 7850 by MSI is the best candidate out there:http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/MSI/ ... on/27.html
Peformance wise it seems pretty powerful, placing number 13 in the world:http://www.videocardbenchmark.net/video ... on+HD+7850
The reason I need super quiet idle and I don't care that much about load is because when im on idle it means im surfing the web chilling, so I like to relax and any noise disturbs me. I also work with audio (write electronic music) so I need as much silence as possible because I go surgical on there with sound.
Im also a gamer, so I like to play games at decent frame rates and decent graphical settings, which means im willing to compromise load noise if I get better performance. Also when im playing I usually blast speakers/headphones loud enough that combined with the actual gameplay I don't care about background noise that much.
If im watching an HD movie with Splash EX Pro where it uses GPU for maximun video fidelity and I get annoyed I would try to play around with riva tunner and limit the fan noise + crank louder speakers/cans and deal with it.
There is no price limit.
My MB is a bit old: Gigabyte x38 DQ6. It has PCI Express x16 support.
There shouldn't be any incompatibilities afaik, but I mention it just in case.
PSU is a Enermax Infinity 720W which is pretty solid.
CPU is your regular Q6600
Everything has been and will be running at default speeds so no OC's of any kind.
Im replacing my old 3870x2 which im pretty sure died today. I get 2 red static leds on it and a black screen when I boot. Looks like a dead card to me. Repeated crashes while gaming/video make me think this. I will bring it to a shop for testing but im ready for the bad news. It's time to upgrade anyway. This thing was a monster back in the day (first GPU to hit 1GB) but now it's pretty old and noisy. 7850 should be a mega upgrade and the first upgrade for my dream totally silent-focused rig in the future.