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You can't go wrong with the reference design - It's very well thought out. The DirectCU model has a very capable cooler that you will not need to replace. It is built for overclocking, but you'll sacrifice a bit in terms of noise level, power consumption, and PCB length (It's longer). At that price, though, I'd recommend going for the Asus card.

Also, you can run the reference GTX560 Ti with any other GTX560 Ti (Excluding the 448 core model) in SLI.
    
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I've had 2 Asus DCII GTX560Ti's, and had 2 RMA's. The ram didn't like overclocking... at all (and I don't even push the ram on my cards). I'd also mention the fans would rattle or create some kind of resonance around 67%.

You want my 2cents.gif
Go with the reference cards.
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First thing to answer your question on which of the two Bestbuy cards. The ASUS is the better one over the reference Nvidia IMO, mostly for the RMA reason should it come down to it would be an easier time.

Now I thought Bestbuy also had EVGA? If so, Defintely go with them if you can. Best customer support, warranty, and RMA process, again should it come down to it. Also tf you can shoot for the 2GB version if you can by all means. If / when you should want to double up it will be hindsight to have the extra VRAM.

I personally would get the MSI GTX 560Ti 2GB if had to choose and buy it elsewhere. I understand your employee discount though is saving you money so I can't blame you.

Lastly if you can wait until the AMD 7970 because the word in the news is pricing is going to go down on the 580 to $380 in order to stay competitive when the don't have the 780 ready to compete. No word if other cards will go down as well but worth the wait.

Good luck, post back and let us know which way you went. Hope my advice helped. smile.gif
     
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Didn't expect so many responses, I appreciate all the advice. I had my eye on the MSI 2Gb version, but between my discount and some gift cards I have from some previous game trade-ins, I just can't justify all the extra cash. I wish Best Buy sold the 2Gb MSI, seems like an awesome card. It's weird cause when you look at that card on MSI's website, they have Best Buy listed as a seller. Oh well.

There is one EVGA 560 Ti on the website: http://www.bestbuy.com/site/EVGA+-+GeForce+GTX+560+Ti+1GB+GDDR5+PCI+Express+2.0+Graphics+Card/2389164.p?id=1218324435840&skuId=2389164&st=560%20Ti&cp=1&lp=8. Shows sold out online, but I can see if I can order it to my store. You guys think that would be a better card over the two I was looking at? Looks like a reference design, but I'm not sure. I have to wait until next payday (next Friday) before I order, so maybe the prices will come down and I can snag a 2Gb. Thanks again guys, this place is pretty great.thumb.gif
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sold on the Nvidia brand 560ti. I bought 2 of them about 6 months ago for my entertainment center rig/build and overclocked them to 1000 right off the bat and have had them folding non stop sense and there solid. Idle they sit around 23c and under load folding there around 48c. there both under water though. But if i remember i used them before I put them under water and they were still not very hot. Of course I didn't have them clocked to 1000 but anyway the hottest I had seen the card get was around 60 something. I like um alot!
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There is one EVGA 560 Ti on the website: http://www.bestbuy.com/site/EVGA+-+GeForce+GTX+560+Ti+1GB+GDDR5+PCI+Express+2.0+Graphics+Card/2389164.p?id=1218324435840&skuId=2389164&st=560%20Ti&cp=1&lp=8. Shows sold out online, but I can see if I can order it to my store. You guys think that would be a better card over the two I was looking at? Looks like a reference design, but I'm not sure.

Yes, that EVGA card is a reference model. It's also an AR sku, so it will come with the lifetime warranty (just be sure to register it with EVGA within 30 days).
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Yes, that EVGA card is a reference model. It's also an AR sku, so it will come with the lifetime warranty (just be sure to register it with EVGA within 30 days).
So being a reference model, it would be just as easy to water cool in the future as the Nvidia card, correct? I like the idea of a lifetime warranty, and I hear great things about EVGA products and customer service. Would that card theoretically OC as well as the other two cards? I figure it would be the same as the Nvidia.
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So being a reference model, it would be just as easy to water cool in the future as the Nvidia card, correct? I like the idea of a lifetime warranty, and I hear great things about EVGA products and customer service. Would that card theoretically OC as well as the other two cards? I figure it would be the same as the Nvidia.

From what I can gather... the MSI Twin Frozr II is the 560Ti to have. Apparently it clocks the best, but again, it's real subjective to say something like that. Every card, from every individual manufacturer, has separate overclock ceilings. Not going to lie, my Asus DCII's clocked like ****. I wanted 1000mhz plus, but the best I got out of them was like 985mhz for benching. Some will say I was being blindely "optimistic" expecting such overclocks... but after reading the Twin Frozr II clocks, I knew something was up.

I did also see alot of the early reference models overclocked fairly well too. Twin Frozr II, Twin Frozr III, or the reference card... the ultimate goal is 1000mhz. Anything more is a bonus! thumb.gif
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The only thing you get from EVGA is lifetime warranty. There is nothing special about them. With ASUS, it can be louder (although I bet EVGA is louder), but it is cooler and more capable in OC.

If you want to water cool your GPU then go with EVGA. You can also use a universal GPU block with some copper heatsink on non-reference GPU.
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EVGA cards aren't loud at all. Having said that to each person 'loud' is subjective to one's opinion.

On air I'd agree the MSI TFII would have a greater chance of higher overclock with a better air cooling open case solution but it is louder. I know because I owned an AMD 6870 TFII (crossfire for a month as well) and a single card was louder than my closed shroud EVGA GTX 580 vapor chamber cooling.

EVGA for water blocks hands down though. thumb.gif
     
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