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I was looking to buy two GTX580s and was at newegg looking at all the choice and I notice about 5 of them have the exact same specs or slightly higher. Does it matter which one I buy? I'm going to liquid cool them in a few months and I was told get the base model and oc/liquid yourself because it's cheaper in the long run and you can get the same specs as a card that comes "superclocked" you just have to do it yourself. Sparckle seems to have a deal running right now that makes each card 45 dollars cheaper but I hear EVGA, Asus or MSI are the best companies to go with.
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Make sure you get the reference Design PCB, since that is the one its most of, and therefore the Waterblock manufacturers make waterblocks for them.
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Ive never been let down by Asus. Buy a base card, LC them yourself for the learning experience and the fun of DIY!! awesome.
 
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Asus makes cards that can overclock higher usually and there customer service is awesome. EVGA has a lifetime warranty and there customer service is also pretty good. MSI makes really nice aftermarket cooling cards with "Military class components." I would pick up Asus personally
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Ah yea thats why I wen't with the Asus brand motherboard and am thinking of going with one of there monitors. So if I get two Asus base cards I should have enough airflow to cool them in my Haf X tower right? Should I liquid cool just the chip for now untill I decide to wc both cards?
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Asus makes cards that can overclock higher usually and there customer service is awesome. EVGA has a lifetime warranty and there customer service is also pretty good. MSI makes really nice aftermarket cooling cards with "Military class components." I would pick up Asus personally
Not anymore they don't..Well that is if you bought the card after 1/1/11 they dont...EVGA took a step back in that....however they are still the only cards that I will buy because of the step up options...
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Not anymore they don't..Well that is if you bought the card after 1/1/11 they dont...EVGA took a step back in that....however they are still the only cards that I will buy because of the step up options...
I was looking at EVGA because of the step up but decided that a single 460 was enough and I can get a Asus 460 TOP edition for cheap from a neighbor.

Edit: EVGA still has lifetime warranty on their $200+ cards.
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I was looking at EVGA because of the step up but decided that a single 460 was enough and I can get a Asus 460 TOP edition for cheap from a neighbor.

Edit: EVGA still has lifetime warranty on their $200+ cards.
I think it all depends on the UPC code you get....I know they changed some things up with it...Just make sure you check...For me by the time the warranty is up I will end up getting a new card anyway...I mean I have a 990X and a 590GTX on the way...Kinda like to waste money...haha...
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Is the step up option where you have 90 days to go to a better card and they shave off some money for you? I plan on buying these cards once and never replacing them and when the rig gets old just pass it down to my pops, cuz or gf then build a newer computer then.
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Is the step up option where you have 90 days to go to a better card and they shave off some money for you? I plan on buying these cards once and never replacing them and when the rig gets old just pass it down to my pops, cuz or gf then build a newer computer then.
sorta...

You have 90 days to get in que for a step up.

Example...

You buy a 560ti for $250.

You want a 580 and it costs 499.

You send them your 560Ti and they send you a 580 for $249 plus shipping costs...

You are paying the same price as a 580, however it allows you to pay part now and get a decent card and pay the rest later...Also say I buy a 580 and then Kepler comes out 3 days later...You can then step up to it and not feel like you are always behind on tech...
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