Quote: Originally Posted by Qdos
Trouble is you won't get a powerful GPU behind a passive heatsink.
I pfaffed around for ages before deciding on my own setup, and although I'm using a card which isn't passively cooled it's extremely quiet by comparison to many others - the fan idles pretty much the whole time but will rev up for extreme use (something that's never happened to mine, given I don't game personally).
My choice was this card...
Yes, but they don't need a powerful GPU to watch movies. That will be the most work it does. The only games will be Flash based and games that come with Windows 7. The machine is for a couple in their 60s and I think a 9500GT will be fine.
Maybe the newer cards with DDR3 or DDR5 run cooler and will be more easily cooled with a heatsink only. The card in that link has heatpipes which run to the top so it looks good but "looks" and real llife are not the same
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.