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Hi

I'm going to be buying two 8800 GTX's
Also planning on overclocking on water.

I have a few questions:
Does it matter which brand I choose?
Do some makes overclock better than others?
Is it worth investing in a pre overclocked card, if I plan on overclocking it myself?

Thanks for taking the time to read this far, I'd appreciate any advice
    
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I recommend you get EVGA, they have sick warrenties and the stepup program rocks, so when the 9900 come out you can trade them in for a pair
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Its a matter of personal preference but eVGA and XFX have lifetime warranties. Both eVGA and XFX allows you watercool without warranty. eVga allows you to step up to a better card within 90 days as long as you pay the difference. XFX has a double lifetime warranty. If you were to sell it to someone, he/she would get the lifetime warranty as well.

No, you might get one that overclocks higher than others because the chips are made by Nvidia.

You can overclock them yourself since you are on water. You can save money.
    
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personally, I'd recommend the 8800GTS 512s. They are a lot cheaper and have very similar performance. The 8800GTS has the G92 core while the 8800GTX still has the G80 core. In general, 8800GTS will beat the 8800GTX in most games, except at very high resolutions and with AF on. Only then, the 8800GTS will choke up and the 8800GTX will come through with its wider memory bus width.

if you choose EVGA, the only advantage to buying a higher clocked card is that it is guarenteed to overclock better. EVGA bins their cards, so they handpick the good ones to be factory-overclocked. But usually its not worth the extra money, IMO.
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Hi

I'm going to be buying two 8800 GTX's
Also planning on overclocking on water.

I have a few questions:
Does it matter which brand I choose?
Do some makes overclock better than others?
Is it worth investing in a pre overclocked card, if I plan on overclocking it myself?

Thanks for taking the time to read this far, I'd appreciate any advice
It does not matter at all which brand with regards to setting up SLI. They all work well together since the only thing the distributor does it put their own fan on there

Whether or not 1 companies cards overclock more/better than another is always a point of debate and everyone has their own opinion.

Dont bother paying more for an overclocked card. Its the same exact card as the stock with a BIOS flash.

I agree that looking into warranties is the best way to decide what brand to get. EVGAhas the lifetime warranty and the stepup, and XFX has a 2ble lifetime warranty which means when you sell your card (if) the new owner has a lifetime warranty as well.

XFX warranty and RMA I have personally dealt with twice, and they are excellent. I have heard equally good things about EVGA and their support/RMA system.

I would avoid other brands such as ASUS/PNY/MSI/and even BFG simply because their warranties dont stack up. Asus in particular is horrible ***** to work with on support/RMA issues.....
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Each brand will be pretty much the same. The same reference designs are produced, and then used by the respective distributors. Even the coolers on most 8800GTX's are the same (but this shouldn't matter for you, as you plan on watercooling anyway.) My point here is, buying two of the same cards from different companies will not specifically result in any overclocking differences. It's mostly chance.

EVGA is known for their great warranty/RMA/step-up perks, and an excellent support site/forums. BFG has also recently implemented a similar "step-up" program I believe. And XFX is known to have a good warranty/RMA policy.

Sometimes pre-overclocked boards can achieve higher maximum (stable) overclocks than standard GTX's. This is in part by special testing and using higher 'binned' boards, and (sometimes) using different memory chips and/or supplying higher voltages to the GPU core and/or memory. But the end result isn't massive from what I've seen - especially when it comes to actual performance.

If you want to go SLI, I'd recommend buying two identical boards (as in, same stock clocks). It doesn't matter which companies they're from. You can mix and match. Even different clock speeds will work together, but just remember that in SLI they will automatically default to the lowest clocked card. That's just how it works.

As far as I know, the 8800GTX hasn't officially been EOL'd (End Of the Line, or stopped production). But new ones are becoming fewer and far between.

I found these BFG 8800GTX OC editions on ZZF for $320 after MIR. There were some standard EVGA GTX's on Newegg and ZZF going for $300, but they appear to recently have become out of stock. Buy.com is selling them for $327 after MIR.

One thing you may want to consider, however, is the 8800GTS 512MB. It performs very close to the 8800GTX (and above in lower resolutions), and can be had for ~$220 (under $200 after MIR) at a variety of online retailers. The performance isn't quite as good with high resolutions & AA/AF, but the price-to-performance ratio is much better ATM.
    
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