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Hello Everyone,

I would like to ask a couple generic questions and your own personal opinions on a particular video card and its' manufacturers. I have wanted to buy a Nvidia 8800 GTS 320MB for awhile now, however I have been deciding between a regular (standard clocked) model versus those pre-overclocked video cards that they have for sale. If you don't know what I'm talking about, here are three links of the same video card however - one is standard speed and the others are pre-overclocked.

EVGA 8800 GTS 320MB - 500MHZ Core
$260 After Rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130082

EVGA 8800 GTS 320MB - 576MHZ Core - Pre Overclocked
$270 After Rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130038

XFX 8800 GTS 320MB - 580MHZ Core - Pre Overclocked
$280 After Rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814150173

Could you guys give me the advantages and disadvantages of having a standard (non-preclocked) video card versus a overclocked (pre-overclocked) video card? What are the drawbacks and benefits? Why wouldn't a person want to purchase the pre-overclocked video card? Isn't it better right off the bat?

Although the prices are different by nearly $10-20 dollars, the performance seems to be worth it. What do you guys think? I'd love to hear from everyone's own personal experiences. I have the feeling that a pre-overclocked video card will not perform (or overclock afterwards as well as the standard 500Mhz) - is this true?

Finally, how do you guys feel between EVGA and XFX? A lot of people have told me that manufacturers don't really matter, but is this really true? Does anyone know if the EVGA performs better than the XFX or if the XFX performs better? Thanks guys!!

Brian
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For only 10$ more i'd take the eVGA 8800GTS at 576MHz core. $10 is worth having the BIOs pre flashed IMHO.

eVGA is much better than XFX (IMHO)

eVGA offers step-up while XFX does not. eVGA is also a lifetime warranty if you register your card within 30 days (Not sure about XFX)

Even if the XFX was the same price, i'd still go with the eVGA. Their warranty support and tech support is far superior. A 4mhz core difference will not be noticeable and won't even make a 1 FPS difference.
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Get the cheap EVGA, their warranty covers you overclocking and replacing the stock hsf and even volt modding!
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Thanks I appreciate your help! It's amazing how it has a lifetime warranty.

Brian
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