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Find a cheap gtx480. Cant go wrong. Two are even better.
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Would you agree that nvidia has less driver/software issues
No, I wouldn't use drivers as part of your decision making under Windows. I flip flop back and forth to where the value is and I've never had problems with either of them. As for Linux support, I can't give you any help on that at all.
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Wow thanks for the fast replies! You guys are great!

Would you agree that nvidia has less driver/software issues and better Linux support? I'm trying to reduce my headaches here. Thanks again.
It's better by light-years. You wouldn't believe it.
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Is the "TOP" edition of the ASUS DCII worth the increase in price? It seems like I could just overclock a regular DCII with the same or better results.
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Is the "TOP" edition of the ASUS DCII worth the increase in price? It seems like I could just overclock a regular DCII with the same or better results.
No, go with the DirectCU II and overclock it, is the same that i did and you save money and get the same performance.

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Is the "TOP" edition of the ASUS DCII worth the increase in price? It seems like I could just overclock a regular DCII with the same or better results.
Never pay a price premium for a factory overclock. It's only the cooler and non reference board which is worth it.
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Excellent. Thanks for the advice. Now I just need to decide between the ASUS DCII and MSI TFII... I have had good experiences with ASUS so far, but I haven't used MSI products too much. The one motherboard I tried from them had a clunky BIOS, but no complaints other than that. Is there any compelling reason to choose one over the other?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814121424
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814127565
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Wow thanks for the fast replies! You guys are great!

Would you agree that nvidia has less driver/software issues and better Linux support? I'm trying to reduce my headaches here. Thanks again.

Depends on the user. I personally have never had an issue with nvidia or amd drivers. Some users hate nvidia and some hate amd. I personally feel neither are bad.
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I'll throw a wrench in the works here ... in the event you don't mind a bit more noise and heat (and of course slightly higher power consumption), and you don't mind overvolting and overclocking to get the most out of the card ... the GTX470 at it's top OC is just as fast (in many cases slightly faster) than a GTX560ti at it's top OC ... for potentially a good chunk less money.

I'm not saying get a 470 if they're the same price, but a 560ti isn't worth much more than a 470 (with equivalent cooling). And 470 has the bonus of an extra 25% of vram, which can sometimes come into play at 1920 res ...

I'm just saying, you stumble on a 470 w/a good aftermarket cooler (like a TFII) for $30 or more less than the 560ti w/the same cooler ... I'd take the 470 anyday, personally. I've been running mine for almost a year now, and I love them. I wouldn't even trade 'em straight across for a pair of 560ti's ... well, maybe the Hawks, but that's it. Even those I'd have to think hard about it, because I've seen my memory usage over 1GB on a bunch of occasions.
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I'll definitely keep my eyes open for a GTX470 though currently I'm not finding them any cheaper than the GTX560 Ti - and no good coolers. As of now I'm stalking two ASUS GTX480s. If I can get a good deal on them, I might run them in SLI. Otherwise, I'll probably decide between the ASUS and MSI cards listed above (if no GTX470 deals appear). Thanks for the suggestion!
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