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Discussion in 'Hardware' started by redshift, Feb 17, 2010.

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  1. redshift

    redshift Thread Starter

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    Hi Guys.

    My graphics card fan has been making noise for quite some time, usually it was just at start up, but for the last day or so its been 'grinding' constantly. I know its the fan because a quick touch of the fan and it stops. I've normally just cleaned the fan out but i think its time to buy a new card.

    I've got a Nvidia GeForce 7300 LE at the moment, but havent brought a card in a good few years so have no idea where to start on getting a new one.

    I dont want a top of the range card, just one that does the basics. My PC is around 3-4 years old, spec below.

    PC
    AMD Athlon 64X2 Dual Core Processor 4200+
    2.21 Ghz
    2gb RAM

    Thanks.
    The sound is getting really annoying now!
     
  2. leroys1000

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    An 8400 series card should be a good replacement for basic use.
    I assume you have a PCI express slot.
    Scroll down this page to see some of them.
    Some have passive cooling.
    If you have good airflow in your case,they should be fine.
    Newegg.
     
  3. Compiler

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    Which ever card you choose, select one that does NOT have a cooling fan on it.

    Since you need only the basics, any basic-end card will do. $30 for an 8400 is fine.

    If the fan is very bad, you may disconnect it and rid the noise because if its grinding and barely moving, then its not doing anything. The fan is more important when playing a game. But look at simply buying the $30 card asap.
     
  4. redshift

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    Thanks leroys and Compiler

    My motherboard is an ASUS m2n-e, and according to the manual it has

    1x PCI Express x16
    1x PCI Express x4
    2x PCI Express x1
    3x PC1 2.2 Slots

    Im a bit confused as to the fans, and 'passive cooling'

    Compiler.. you mentioned not to buy a fan that has a fan on it....the images i've seen for the 8400 seem to have fan's on, and would'nt they overheat if there wasn't a fan.

    Also.. after doing some reading i've noticed that PSU are also quite important when purchasing new graphics card, and given that my PC is not the newest, i was wondering if the PSU i have at the moment is ok enough.

    Model ATX 550
    Max Output is 550W

    Input Output

    115V AC +12v 24a Max
    12A MAX +5v 40a Max
    60HZ

    230V AC +3.3v 32a Max
    6A Max -5v 0.5a Max
    50Hz -12v 1.0a Max

    +5v/5b 2.0a Max

    I've already got 1 harddrive connected, dvd rom, couple of usb's.

    Thanks.
     
  5. leroys1000

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    The 8400 is a low power card like the 7300.
    If you power supply handles the 7300 ok,it
    should be fine with the 8400.
    Passive cooling is just a heatsink with no fan.
    Active cooling has a fan.
    Passive cooling is good for general applications
    as long as you have good airflow through the case.
    That means having case fans blowing air both into and
    out of the case.
    Usually from the front to the rear.
    If your worried about it,get a card with a fan.
     
  6. Mooncatt

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    check ya PMs ;) i got something that might interest you :)
     
  7. Compiler

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    No, I didn't say "not to buy a fan with a fan on it." I said don't buy a video card with a fan on it.

    You not playing games, you don't need much performance. Cheap video cards come with even cheaper fans that will fail a lot faster. Passive cooling means exactly what it is. "not active or operating" Its just a big heat sink. since its not a motor or device, it cannot fail. if your 7300 has a passive cooling unit, you wouldn't be replacing it today.

    The power supply isn't an issue for a basic video card. When we're talking gaming cards, then yes - the PSU becomes an issue.

    Your info on your PSU is not making much sense... a brand and model # is most helpful. But even if its a $25 PSU, the 8400 will not require much power.

    Buy the 8400 - without the cooling fan, its a tad better than your old card. Install the drivers and you're good to go.
     
  8. Mooncatt

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    i have offered him my old 9400gt 1gb card for peanuts as its just sat in its box doin nothing, do u guys think this will be ok? i ran it only temp on a 425w psu, so i dont see any issues with this
     
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    9400 should be fine.
    It has fairly low power requirements too.
     
  10. redshift

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    I've removed the fan for now, PC's making a lot less noise now :)

    The formatting for when i was typing out the psu details didn't come out as expected.
    Im not entirely sure of the model, it says PSI, Model ATX 550.
    It says 550w, so as you guys have mentioned it should be more than enough for a basic upgrade/repair graphics card.

    Thanks for clearing up the cooling terminology, I've also got a side fan on the case, aswell as the motherboard fan, and the room does have good air circulation.
    Do you know how i can tell which model comes without the fan?
     
  11. redshift

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    I've also noticed that some of them have 'silent' in their name, and by looking at the pictures their the ones with the heat sinks so that answer's my previous question

    Also, alot of the cards have been rebranded as PNY, Asus, MSI, Inno3d.
    Are they all still nvidia cards, or should some be avoided?
     
  12. leroys1000

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    Nvidia doesn't actually make video cards.
    They make the graphics processing hardware
    and sell it to other manufacturers.
    All the cards are still based on nvidia hardware.
    I have run msi,gigabyte,PNY and sapphire cards.
    They are decent.
    PNY tends to overprice.
    Asus is also a top rated manufacturer.
     
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    thanks for your help
     
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