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Better no fan graphics card for upgrade

  1. #1


    Posts : 11
    Windows 7 x64

    Better no fan graphics card for upgrade


    Hi,

    I assembled my PC in mid 2010 and it's still runs OK for my purposes except that I feel that Firefox and other programs that I use feel somehow sluggish and I attribute this to the naive graphics card I'm using (AMD RADEON HD 5450) even with the latest Catalyst drivers. I picked this up on purpose because it has no fan (I'm not a gamer anyway).
    Now that it's 2014, I'm asking a recommendation for a more powerful graphics card that uses no fan at all in order to enjoy more powerful graphics in Firefox, youtube, flash, photoshop,...etc without adding any extra noise.

    Thanks in advance.

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  2. #2


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    Posts : 3,093
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    I sort of doubt that it is your sluggish problem especially with Firefox. That could be due to your internet connection.

    What size hard drive and is it close to being full? Do you defrag it periodically?

    With that said, check out the Zotac NVIDIA GeForce GT730 4GB.

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  3. #3


    Most of newer video cards have adjustable fan speeds and in normal use are turning at very low speeds and are very quiet, quieter even than CPU and PSU and are normally inaudible yet if need be they speed up.
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  4. #4


    Posts : 11
    Windows 7 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by popeye View Post
    I sort of doubt that it is your sluggish problem especially with Firefox. That could be due to your internet connection.

    What size hard drive and is it close to being full? Do you defrag it periodically?

    With that said, check out the Zotac NVIDIA GeForce GT730 4GB.

    Click image for larger version
    Thanks for your suggestion. My connections is fine (around 7mbps), hard drive is spacious, De fragmentation is regular...etc. I just feel the weak point is the graphics card which I think should be upgraded to give a snappier interface. I'm not sure if I have to wait for Windows 10 to see graphics improvements without upgrading (since they switch to a flat design) but I'm not sure about that.
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  5. #5


    Posts : 11
    Windows 7 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by CountMike View Post
    Most of newer video cards have adjustable fan speeds and in normal use are turning at very low speeds and are very quiet, quieter even than CPU and PSU and are normally inaudible yet if need be they speed up.
    The main reason that I'm trying to shy away from these cards as much as possible is that if the fan dies for any reason, I'm hosed and I have to get a new card!
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  6. #6


    Quote Originally Posted by corei5 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by CountMike View Post
    Most of newer video cards have adjustable fan speeds and in normal use are turning at very low speeds and are very quiet, quieter even than CPU and PSU and are normally inaudible yet if need be they speed up.
    The main reason that I'm trying to shy away from these cards as much as possible is that if the fan dies for any reason, I'm hosed and I have to get a new card!
    Well not really big problem, most are fans replaceable and I have an8 year old video card that still works.
    Back to your problem, most gain with newer cards is in 3D applications like games etc., in 2D, years back, they all work same speed, about 300 MHz. About only things you can expect to be better are higher resolutions and better filters and better support for HD video. In those spheres, except for some rare, dedicated video cards your present one will be no worse than best new one. My newest one AMD R7 260 is actually a tad slower in 2D (couple %) than older one, HD3850 I just replaced. There is a way by changing BIOS in them to boost 2D speed by 100MHz or so but is a risky affair.
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  7. #7


    Quote Originally Posted by corei5 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by CountMike View Post
    Most of newer video cards have adjustable fan speeds and in normal use are turning at very low speeds and are very quiet, quieter even than CPU and PSU and are normally inaudible yet if need be they speed up.
    The main reason that I'm trying to shy away from these cards as much as possible is that if the fan dies for any reason, I'm hosed and I have to get a new card!
    Usually, smaller GPU's (like the ones without any some sort of cover, just plain PCB) fans can be easily replaceable. Also, GPU fans rarely die out, especially in your case, not being used for heavy gaming.
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  8. #8


    Posts : 123
    Windows 8.1


    You don't need a new Graphics Card for those applications at all, just a waste of money. Windows 8.1/10 whatever is irrelevant. Replace it if you wish but it won't make a difference.

    A decent Internet download speed is far more important along with adequate RAM, Software maintenance, being free of Malware and so on.

    Graphics Cards in general at the lower levels have pathetic fans, sometimes odd sizes, on my last desktop they were for ever grinding to a halt every 2/3 years. Finally I replaced that card with a passive heatsink model.
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