(cross posted from [H]) Right now I have this intel E4300 @ 3ghz Abit IP35-E 2x1gb Crucial Ballistix PC6400 2x1gb OCZ Gold PC6400 (total 4gb pc6400 ram) BFG 7900GTX 512mb Silverstone ST50EF+ Element psu 160gb Seagate 7200.8 320gb Seagate 7200.10 300gb Maxtor Diamondmax 10 (I think) Vista ultimate x64 Scythe Infinity on the cpu Thermalright HR-03 on the 7900gtx Acer AL2223w 22" 1680x1050 monitor Viewsonic VA702b 17" 1280x1024 monitor Pretty good for what I do (Team Fortress 2, instant messaging, [H], etc), but getting a bit old; Can't really play games at the resolutions that I'd like, slow framerates. I need a quick upgrade. I was thinking of the XFX 9800GTX. It's only $205 at NCIX, and should be a lot faster than my 7900gtx. But I'm primarily concerned about how loud is it; Is it very loud? I want something nice and quiet. Can I put my hr-03 on it? Is there a second chip on the pcb to cool, like the original 8800gts? The other thing I was looking at was upgrading from 4gb (4x1gb) ram to 8gb (4x2gb). Good idea or no? thanks. Since posting: it's confirmed that there's no "bridge chip" on the 9800gtx like on the original 8800's I have the original hr-03 with 4 heatpipes.