Originally Posted by Rukumouru
1) EVGA fo' sho'. In fact, just buy an EVGA and stop looking.
Also, at least in spain:
2) ZOTAC: Very pleasant customer service and free extended warranty (in Spain, minimum warranty by law is 2 years, but they offer up to 5 for free). I have no personal experience with them, but second hand accounts are 100% positive.
3) ASUS: FAST RMA. Simply F.A.S.T. FAST as in one to two weeks. In Spain, this kind of time is the thing of legends. ASUS has sold me some defective products, but has NEVER failed to replace them in an incredibly timely manner. They also pick my RMAs at home for free, which is also unheard of in my country.
Their warranty time is standard Spaniard (2 years), but replacing the heatsink in all ASUS card i've owned has meant replacing NO warranty stickers. So I can replace the thermal paste (or just clean the blasted thing) without having to worry about the warranty. This is a HUGE plus.
4) XFX: FAST RMA. Really, Incredibly fast and hassle-free. In Spain you only get 2 years warranty, but in the USA you get DOUBLE LIFETIME!
When I had to RMA my 8800GTS, they replaced it with a 9800GTX+ in three weeks even though the 8800GTS was still available. AND they extended my warranty for an aditional 3 months on top of my remaining warranty time. Flawless victory for XFX Spain!
However, even in Spain EVGA is unbeatable. Best customer service. Best RMA. Lifetime warranty (only brand to do that in my country). You CANNOT go wrong. EVGA Precision is also pretty cool, although there is simply no beating MSi Afterburner.
Which doesn't matter because Afterburner works with any brand card.Bottom line, In my country (Spain), EVGA (first) and ZOTAC (second) reign supreme in the nVidia camp and ASUS (maximum quality) and Sapphire (absolute best price with nice service, actually) reign supreme in the AMD camp.
However, I can say with pride that I've never had any manufacturer give me basically any hassle. I've bought plenty of EVGA, Sapphire, ASUS and XFX. Even freakin' Club3D. I've never had a single issue with their customer services.