yeah, honestly... stay away from any of the cards with the one fan design. It's well worth the extra $20 to get one with an upgraded cooling unit. I have two XFX black dual-fan 7950s. Everyone with a single fan complains it runs too hot and the fan is always running at 100%.
I agree with robstahl21 after picking up a used GTX 480 on eBay. While it's the most powerful card I've ever owned, it's full length, one fan and is considered one of the hottest cards ever made. After dealing with the heat and noise, everything I look to replace it needs upgraded cooling.
This is an old thread, but here is a current deal that fits. It's $245 shipped (to my house) minus $30 rebate minus $12 ShopDiscover Cash Back for $203 total cost. You get four games which are worth about $30 each (Crysis 3 plus you choose 3 of eleven from here).
I just purchased this card -- in part due to comments on single fan solutions...
1) excellent reviews 2) dual fans == quiet/cool 3) TD gets 5% CashBack fron shopdiscover 4) four games 5) rebate allowed for two purchases (I am building two machines, but you might be thinking SLI)
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