Originally Posted by Phynaz
I have a XFX 6870, and the fan is very loud. I would avoid.
Yes that's what the reviews say about the XFX single fan 7850s as well, sounds like the dual fan models from MSI and Sapphire are quieter but also more expensive.
I started out looking at a reference 650ti 1G for $140 to replace my 6750, and these dual fan 7850 2G choices are $40 or more expensive, but also much more powerful.
I guess I'll wait and see the Black Friday offers. Thanks to everyone who responded, I understand my options better and now have to make a decision, even if that's living with what I have until the prices on current generation cards get driven down further.
Analysis paralysis in CO...