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I just got a very quiet Dell Optiplex 960 (with dual monitor video card) and wanted a 3rd monitor (only a PCI slot available). The PCI video card I got has a relatively loud (compared to this quiet PC) fan.

I'm looking for a quiet card. Need not be very powerful as it's for the third screen which I don't use for video or games, etc.

Any suggestions?

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It looks like, if you want to enable Aero on it, you'll need a DirectX 9.0+ compatible graphics chip with at least 128MB ram. For the offerings available at Newegg click here. As far as being Windows 7 supported i would say any of them would have either built in support or have drivers on Windows Update, if not on the chipset manufacturers website (nVidia or AMD).

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Get a fanless GeForce 6200

Here's some open box ones from Newegg

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I'm looking for something with a fair number of positive reviews and some indication that it works on Win7 (or at least Vista) –  Clay Nichols Feb 6 '10 at 4:16
    
Nvidia's 7/Vista driver download page lists 6200 as a supported card: nvidia.com/object/win7_winvista_64bit_196.21_whql.html –  bk1e Feb 6 '10 at 17:13
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Found one on Amazon. (I'll take a look at Taspeotis' as well:

  • Windows 7 compatible (one reviewer reported the Win 7 scores and says the Vista driver works for 7)
  • The heat sink looks pretty substantial.
  • Free Shipping from Amazon.
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I prefer "mine" because it has a DVI port. Unless your monitors are 1280 x 1024 or less you will get a better picture from using DVI. –  ta.speot.is Feb 6 '10 at 3:20
    
This is for an old monitor that is less than 1280x1024. And I'd like to be sure that it'll be Win7 compatible. Also, no reviews of the other one. –  Clay Nichols Feb 6 '10 at 4:15
    
This card ended up causing random memory-fault crashes (about 1 per week). Arggggg! –  Clay Nichols Feb 27 '11 at 21:24
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