New heatsinks and fan
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Zalman makes a very silent GPU fan for that type of video card for about $30. It also won't take up 2 additional slots because it's much thinner.
4 slots ? Geez I got 4 tons of junk inside my computer added a extra 4 port USB 2 card ( ran out of USB port spots ) plus 8 channel sound card and PCI PMCIA slot card plus a AGP video card already has 256 megs DDR I don't have room for this kinda fancy fan plus I forgot what other cards are in there and the back of my computer would make a spider excited the web of wires there are somthing else !
You lose two PCI slots to acommodate the fan and heatsink. Do you really gain higher frame rates? I have the same card in a HTPC and have had no trouble with it. It's running 24/7 and does a great job... with the stock setup. I couldn't afford the loss of PCI real estate in my mobo layout. But cooler... is definitely... kewler.
I like the red buffer pad filter. Buffer pad, cleaning pad, whatever, really cool idea that makes me go WTH didn't I think of that?