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So I'm looking at new graphics cards and this one is in my budget...

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...574&CatId=3669

It would be $220 with the coupon I have.... but I know zero about Sparkle and their warranty. Are they a reliable company?
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Sparkle seems to be pretty good, I haven't heard of to many problems with sparkle.
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Well it's just a reference design so that shouldn't be a problem and as far as warranty goes tigerdirect says that that card has a lifetime warranty so you should be good to go.
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Here is a review on the gtx 560 lineup including the card you are looking at. It was the fastest out of all the 560's tested at 1000 MHz GPU and GDDR5-4800. Most of their products are pretty reliable from what I have heard.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/...g,2858-12.html
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Thanks. I'm still making up my mind between this 560 and the Asus Direct Touch II... and an XFX 6870 and 6950 too. Ironically this will be the first Nvidia gaming card I've owned since my Ti 4200.
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Well the Asus has much better components and will have better temps as well but the fan may be a little louder at load. if you plan on overclocking I would definitely get the Asus but if you are happy with stock performance or maybe just a slight overclock then get that Sparkle and pocket the difference.

EDIT: I wouldn't really consider a 6870 as it's only a little cheaper than that Sparkle your looking at and wouldn't be any cooler or quieter, I think the Sparkle would be a very good choice for a install it and forget it card. The choice between the 560 and 6950 is a harder one and one that I am debating currently for myself as well. For me it come down to better tessellation and drivers that I prefer on the 560 and larger memory on the 6950 for about the same price. It's a really close call for me because at 1080p I really don't need 2GB although it would be nice but for you at 1200 it may be a bigger concern.
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Asus is MUCH better
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post #8 of 9
I've not had much trouble with Sparkle, though I've only dealt with their low-end cards (8400GS, etc). The only trouble I had was the fan going out, but the card still runs in my server just fine with no fan.
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Asus is MUCH better
Thats what I think too. My 4850 and 4890 were Asus and overlocked like crazy and without a whimper.
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