To be honest that all depends on your overclock...we don't know what you have done / are planning to do.
At stock, keep it all stock.
Once you start messing with clock speeds...the settings need to be fine tuned depending on what you set.
Also...this is something you need to figure out as you stress test the GPU or have a 3D app (game) open in the background so you get a "live staging environment".
Else you are just guessing
I haven't overclocked at all, just setting a custom fan graph...
Then leave the stock settings maybe pick a quiet fan preset ...
Setting custom graphs is more for OC'ing. When you leave stuff at stock you can customize it to be quieter...anything else is academic as you will almost certainly end up creating more noise than before without a jump in performance.
The fan graph is vital when you play with temp. targets and cards that base performance heavily around that.
My concern is not the fan sound but the GPU temp. which seems to jump to 79 degrees C when I game (& this while playin' Styx, I shudder to think what Mordor will do
)... this increases the temp. of the whole PC & you can feel how much it's heated just by touching the cabinet on the outside... the temps. go back to normal when I quit gaming & do other stuff..
Will settin' a GPU temp. target through GPU Tweak help? I somehow thought it'll make the GPU employ more resources than required to maintain that temp. that it should on gamin' performance..
I would LOVE settin' a custom fan curve instead which I think won't hurt even if I choose not to overclock (it won't hurt, will it? Because I'm not sure..
)... but I need to know if I can set the default values for fan speed update period & Temp. hysteresis & if I should force fan speed update on each period or not...
Got my answer, but a HUGE thanks for your help & kindness so far, anyway. Choosing yours as the solution.