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Hi guys, I am having some graphical woes in this new year frown.gif

I was using a 6950 2GB which I have now sold. It was just slightly underpowered for my res of 1920x1200, and also was preventing me from playing certain games due to driver issues.
I had ordered an EVGA GTX 570 SuperClocked for a really good price, but it turned out there was a stock error and they no longer had any frown.gif

I am now debating what to do... I am wanting to choose EVGA as I have used them in the past and their support and customer service is excellent. However here in the UK, EVGA 570's are really low in stock and no more seem to be coming in. I just cancelled another order for one after they blew their promised delivery date. Also, the prices seem to be increasing each day. The very first 570 I ordered was £252, and now it seems the going rate is £280 to £300. I grow weary of hunting for cards, and currently considering biting the bullet and just getting this GTX 580.

Please OCN, I need your advice; Is this a good idea? Is the price difference worth it? I could really use a second SSD...
Am I being naive by only wanting to use EVGA? Do any other vendors offer programs equivalent to step-up etc?
I've considered buying a 570 from other vendors, but I just can't bring myself to do it. The possibility of a lifetime EVGA warranty prevents me...

Feel free to leave comments, advice, criticism, or just tell me I'm being silly.

Thanks for your time thumb.gif
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There are other vendors with lifetime warranties.

I'd still go for a 580 at that res though.
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I am now debating what to do... I am wanting to choose EVGA as I have used them in the past and their support and customer service is excellent. However here in the UK, EVGA 570's are really low in stock and no more seem to be coming in. I just cancelled another order for one after they blew their promised delivery date. Also, the prices seem to be increasing each day. The very first 570 I ordered was £252, and now it seems the going rate is £280 to £300. I grow weary of hunting for cards, and currently considering biting the bullet and just getting this GTX 580.

If you want to stay with a GTX 570, the ASUS GTX 570 DCII and the MSI GTX 570 TFIII are great cards. But if you want to stick with EVGA and can afford a GTX 580, why not go for it.

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Am I being naive by only wanting to use EVGA? Do any other vendors offer programs equivalent to step-up etc?
I've considered buying a 570 from other vendors, but I just can't bring myself to do it. The possibility of a lifetime EVGA warranty prevents me...

ASUS and MSI provide 3 years of warranty, imo that's a long time. By then the card will be outdated and you'll probably want to get a new, much faster one anyway.
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Thanks for the replies villain and steadly thumb.gif

Thanks for your thoughts on other vendors... I'm not keen on the Asus due to not really having room for a triple slot card. That MSI however has got me interested though. I can just about afford the 580 if I really want it, I guess I'll just have to think some more about it. Also, it seems the warranty on the 580 I linked is 3 years and not 10 as with some other EVGA products.. but as you mentioned, 3 years should be sufficient.

I also hear that AMDs latest offerings are being launched next Monday. Will this have an immediate effect on nvidia prices? If it does, I can probably wait until then to buy, but I am currently back on my old 8800 GT and really would like to have my computer back to it's full performance ASAP.

Thanks again guys, you've been really helpful.
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