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I bought an ASUS P5Q-EM MoBo (with Intel's X4500HD integrated graphics) to buy time so I can buy a good video card.

My best experience has been with NVidia GPUs, but now I don't know which builder should I choose... (ie EVGA, XFX)

My concern are build quality, availability of drivers and system stability.

Any ideas on how to make this call?

Thanks!
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post #2 of 8
I prefer EVGA because of there amazing customer care + Lifetime warranty.

If you plan on reselling the card go with XFX, as they have a double lifetime warranty.

I would go EVGA. Call customer care once and you'll never go back to anyone else IMO.

Also stepup is really nice
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post #3 of 8
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post #4 of 8
Thread Starter 
Since I am located in Mexico and the US warranties are not available here, the XFX double lifetime warranty wouldn't be a plus.

What about MSI, ASUS, Gigabyte?
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E7200 @ 3.39 Asus P5Q-EM BFG 8800 GT OC 512MB 4GB - 2x2GB HyperX 800 MHz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
250x2 RAID0 + 500 GB Seagate 7200 SATAII DVD+/-RW LiteOn SATA W7 Ultimate x64 Samsung 2053BW 
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Microsoft Comfort curve 2000 Corsair 650TX Cooler Master Elite 330 Microsoft Wireless Laser Mouse 6000 
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Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
250x2 RAID0 + 500 GB Seagate 7200 SATAII DVD+/-RW LiteOn SATA W7 Ultimate x64 Samsung 2053BW 
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post #5 of 8
never had to deal with those companies

i know a few people who have and havent had any issues. The big three are XfX, BFG and EVGA though.
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post #6 of 8
I would choose EVGA. I've owned several of their products without ever having a problem with quality. Plus, their warranty will cover a broken part even if it has been overclocked. As far as I now, they're the only company who does that.

EDIT: I also have two ASUS products, both laptop computers, one a C90s and the other an Eee PC. While they put together a great computer, their support is less than stellar. I find it difficult to get updates and information using their website.
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Crucial M500 120GB Crucial M4 256GB Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB (2) LG BD-RW 
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Corsair H50 w/Scythe SFF21F Windows 10 Home Premium 64-bit Dell S2740L Deck Legend 105 - Fire / Linear 
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Corsair AX 750 Soldam Windy Black Knight Mionix Avior 8200 Rocketfish Speed 
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Creative Soundblaster XTreme Audio 
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post #7 of 8
I have heard good things about eVGA.

On a personal note, I have nothing but good things to say about BFG
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post #8 of 8
EVGA is one of the only manufacturers [other than BFG maybe] that uses the 1.1ns Samsung RAM IC's on their GPU's... most all others use 1.4ns RAM..

*Also..any EVGA SuperClocked Edition is cherry-picked core with a low VID..makes for great vmod/OC candidates.
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