Originally Posted by Trifid
Worst case scenario will be for a passive 8600GT - which will cost about the same.
I have been trying to get my PC as quiet as possible which has resulted in having all my fans at 5v (2 case and 2 CPU HS 120mm and 1 92mm). This has shown my graphics card to be quite loud in comparison, even at 25% fan speed in Rivatuner. The stock fan also appears to get stuck at default speeds (pretty loud) on warm boots.
My card uses a dual slot cooler and its basically silent and runs cool at 50% fan speed. Also, the case matters alot. You just ned to find the right cooler.....by telling us you want a silent pc, we can help you out a lot.
Someone on here is selling a passive 7950gt for around $100. i dont know if he still has it or not, i think he does.