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Old November 30, 2008, 11:15 AM
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Default What brand should I go with for my GTX 260?

So far EVGA and BFG are looking like the best options. I don't have a real preference other than the fact that these two companies both have step-up programs in case the 270s or 290s are released in the next 3 months.

It doesn't need to be an overclocked edition or anything, it'll be replacing a Palit 1GB 8800GT for a 22" 1680x1050 monitor. I have an 800W BFG PSU (the slightly older model with no 6pin connectors, but that's okay since the card comes with adapters)








Now, here is the rest of my story, I'm thinking of getting an i7 system after the holidays, but since the price is so high, I'm having doubts over whether my parents will let me buy it :rtfm: after they see the price. If I get the card now, that'll bring the overall upgrade price of later down since I won't need to get a GPU

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I don't plan on SLIing. What do you think of my plan?
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Old November 30, 2008, 11:31 AM
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get the evga 260 core 216 - quite a bit faster than the standard card
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Old November 30, 2008, 11:44 AM
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BFG has a RMA depot in Quebec, might be quicker turnaround if you ever have problems.

And agreed, get one of the 216 SP models.
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hmm, seems solid, you are using 3 of them after all

ya, 216 cores all the way...IDK why someone would get the older model...or why they even sell them anymore...
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Old November 30, 2008, 12:40 PM
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I have the EVGA 260 Core 216 (regular clock) and it is a wonderful card. I did not know about the BFG Quebec depot...anybody know where the EVGA depot is?
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Old November 30, 2008, 12:56 PM
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EVGA needs to go stateside, but I've always had great experiences with their customer support and rma services

It's not easy to find a core 216 in canada these days, the best vendors are sold out
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Old November 30, 2008, 12:59 PM
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Evga you ship to Santa Clara Ca. I've had 2 dealings with EVGA, an rma and a step up. They totally screwed up both. They like to talk a big game when it comes to service but they sure don't deliver.

Edit: After weeks of delays on both, they promised to send me 2 games. Both hot titles at the time. I got a T-shirt and a key chain, said they were out of games. I posted a picture of me checking my engine oil with the shirt and was promptly banned from the evga forums.
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Evga you ship to Santa Clara Ca. I've had 2 dealings with EVGA, an rma and a step up. They totally screwed up both. They like to talk a big game when it comes to service but they sure don't deliver.

Edit: After weeks of delays on both, they promised to send me 2 games. Both hot titles at the time. I got a T-shirt and a key chain, said they were out of games. I posted a picture of me checking my engine oil with the shirt and was promptly banned from the evga forums.
lol, that's quite a story

maybe I'll go with BFG in that case...
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Old November 30, 2008, 03:32 PM
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hahaha squeetard that's hilarious :P
BUT - i'd go with EVGA. It largely depends on who you get on the other end of the customer representative, and if you get someone good (which is usual) the service is excellent. Plus, its 24/7.
At the same time both brands are great.
and yes, get a 216.
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my evga gtx260 core 216 has been awesome so far. :)
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