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EVGA for their service.
    
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I'd say they are all good but EVGA, MSI, and GB are usually the more recommended for nvidia cards.
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post #23 of 38
Well I usually look at the service and the performance of the actual card when I consider brands, evga and msi are very good in my experience in both areas.
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I have to say I like Gigabytes Stuff, high build quality IMHO
post #25 of 38
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Originally Posted by Jesse^_^;14599924 
Just get the Twin Frozer 2 mate, will run cool and go a treat..

Warranty/Customer service is good but if you buy GPU's on Just "Customer Service" then you will shun yourself from much better options..


WHY ARE PEOPLE BLINDLY RECOMMENDING EVGA? Its the card that counts and if you need to RMA then all companies will be cool with it.

But, if you want ignore me. Pay an extra $60 for "Brand" loyalty and "Customer service".. By the time the warranty ends, you probably won't be still using it.

I agree with this. If the TF2 can keep my 470 in the mid to lower 60's while gaming, it can keep anything cool. I love this card, and will only buy MSI cards from now on due to the cooling.
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post #26 of 38
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Gainward - 900Mhz - $266
MSI - 880Mhz - $256
MSI HAWK - 950Mhz - $273

I think I'll go MSI, everyone on here seems to be pretty happy with it as a company. In saying that though I'm yet to find anyone who will fault the Gainward. Tough decision but the higher OC is probably whats got me :/
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post #27 of 38
They are all pretty much the same.

It comes down to the cooler, BIOS, feature set, and warranty.

You can't really go wrong. Get what is best for you needs and price.

Generally for NVIDIA, EVGA is a premium feature set brand, with lifetime warranty and the like.

For ATI, MSI seems to be the 'best', because of it's TF2 cooler.

But really, it's not a big deal.
post #28 of 38
For me when it comes to Nvidia:

EVGA - #1
Asus - #2
MSI - #3

XFX has gone down hill since its glory days where I would have picked them over EVGA, but now their customer service is crap and their non-ref cards are....junk.

ATI:
Asus
Sapphire
MSI
 
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post #29 of 38
Quote:
Originally Posted by fstop;14599385 
Those "horror stories" and bad reviews you see on newegg, amazon, etc are mainly the tiny percentage of customers who unfortunately got a bad card. For most of the mainstream companies, bad cards are only a handful out of the many. Besides, its more likely that a person who ended up with a bad card would write a review then the person who got a perfectly working one right? smile.gif

The most important thing you want to do is read reviews on reliable websites. Do a quick google search of the exact card you're looking to buy and the official reviews will generally point out any obvious defects of that specific model. This is important because a 560ti from Asus might be more reliable then a MSI 560ti, but a 570 might be the other way around.

Zotac, MSI, Asus, EVGA (lifetime warranty), hell even Powercolor are reliable companies. They all have different warranty terms and RMA rules. For that reason, I've personally enjoyed MSI the most because their warranty is serial based. There's no guarantee any of these cards won't need to be RMA'd but at least go with a company who has a reliable form of it - and that's why I like MSI the best.

This.

Also, keep in mind retailers, like newegg.com, have a 30-day return window. If something is wrong with your card, you can rma it and get a new replacement.

Btw, I have experience with Zotac and their customer service and its been a pleasant experience. Hence why I continue to buy their products (also, pricing is killer too biggrin.gif).
post #30 of 38
1st EVGA for overclocking
2nd ASUS
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