Originally Posted by rgathright
Would this one be better as far as the noise?
For noise, my video cards are hard to beat. I have a couple of Ti4600 Nvidia cards that are supported by fanless Zalman heatpipes (no fan = NO noise)
I also have a BFG 6600GT AGP card whose stock fan is amazingly quiet, and this is the one I'm currently using in my HTPC/everyday PC. It's dual DVI output. I was scouting around for a silent solution for it when I was waiting for it to arrive, but found to my amazement and delight that I couldn't hear it at all above the other sounds in the box, which are nothing substantial. When I do HTPC with the box I never notice the noise. Hope the fan doesn't die. I have reasons to suspect that it is dieing (has been making some odd sounds on startup for a while), but after a couple of years or so it's still chugging, making it the longest lived BFG supplied fan I've had so far... fingers crossed.
Really, for HTPC stuff the Ti4600 AGP cards (also BFG), were adequate, and I'm still using one in my second box. They just don't support dual DVI, and I like that for my dual view graphics which I do occasionally.