In this question I received the response to which graphics model should I go with. Now, as I started calculating using this decibel calculator, the fact that I am trying to buy quiet 8.9 dB fans (total = 20.9 dB) will be negligable if a graphics card will generate 36 dB (which is what I found here) - than the total noise will be 37.081 dB. However, on Tomshardware I found this to be more nuanced, but also incomplete (no MSI card).
What graphics card manufacturer would you recommend for GTX960 noise-wise, provided the price differences are negligible? Or maybe there are other considerations under 250$ for gaming setup (i5-6500, 8GB ram, 240GB SDD, 4 140mm fans, MSI170 pro gaming mobo, 1280 x 1024 res) that are significantly quieter?
[EDIT] I am aware of 'silent mode', where fans turn off on idle, which is apparently implemented by all manufacturers in GTX 960 (source). The question is about the fan noise under load.