i'm looking for a new GFX card for my i7 rig. i'd be upgrading from an nvidia 9800GT.
for compatibility reasons alone it'll have to be another nvidia-based card. quadro is out of the question due to some specific app compatibility problem.
looking at what's out there i'm mostly after a noticeable performance bump when running shaders in CG apps and a good bang for buck ratio. i also want the card to be as silent as possible - preferably without cooking itself when it's put under load for a bit.
games are zero priority and i'd rather want something with good drivers than the very latest model.
any recommendations for a suitable model?