The component store down the street has this on sale, 512mb version. Good deal? I know everyone keeps saying X1950XT, and I would agree, but that step up program is somewhat appealing in case the urge for an 8800 comes up. What say you?
That's an OK deal. Newegg is selling it for the same amount w/ a MIR. The 512MB of RAM comes in handy for games like Oblivion and Quake 4. If you can't afford $400 for a 8800 GTS, then I'd definitely get the 7950GT KO 512.
The only problem is: it's Foxconn. I haven't bought one of their cards in a long time, but I didn't have good luck with them in the past. Plus, he mentioned that he was interested in the Step-Up program.
Well, I'm not sure what the idea behind rebates is, but you should make sure you can get rebates in the UK. I believe some are US and Canada only.
To be honest, I've had bad luck with XFX in the past (don't kill me XFXSupport) but I would probably buy one of their newer cards because they have a good warranty and they seem to be good quality these days. Anyway, as I have stated, eVGA is my current fav. I heard some reports a year ago or so that they had started using lower-quality capacitors I believe, but I never did enough research to substantiate or disprove that. All I know is that I've never had an eVGA card crap out on me, and I have a 7600GT that I have running at 650/1700 stable for months with 0 problems (without voltmod).
I have used MSI GPUs, but only in a budget system (because I found a cheap MSI card on Newegg when I was building). But, I've never had any problems with them either.
also can someone explain the reason behind "rebate", is it the same as saying well the item sells recommended retail for XXX but we are selling it for XXX less?
Rebates are one of the biggest cons in the retail world. Companies offer decent rebates to get a lower bottom-line price in ads and on store shelves. Companies know fairly well what percentage of customers will claim a rebate and so offer them with abandon. My experience with rebates is that the companies are painfully slow in paying them, and that's when they do pay. I'm still waiting on a small $10 rebate I mailed off for in mid-September. :roll:
Just remember that if you use the EVGA Step-Up program that the card you'll be purchasing from them will cost you the full msrp minus what you paid for your original card. Not saying it's a bad program, just something to be aware of. Also, not all EVGA cards have lifetime warranties. It depends on what their part number ends with: EVGA Lifetime Warranty Details.
Well, we bought some XFX cards for some workstations at my previous job. We bought 4 of them, and 3 of them went bad within a year, so that was the last I dealt with them (they had a fatal error with the fan that caused it to stop spinning, causing the cards to overheat). However, this was in the days of (as I recall) GeForce FX. The cards were something like this:
So it's not really surprising that they were crappy I guess. Plus, I believe XFX was still the new kid on the block at that time, so things have changed since then. Like I said: I would buy a newer XFX card, I just stick with eVGA for now because I've had excellent luck with them to date (and I like the step-up program).
Well, I ended up getting it not long after my initial post. Even came w/ a $20 rebate. As long as it runs all my games @ 1680x1050 over 30fps, I'm happy. Hell, it runs everything I throw at it with at least 40+fps and max eye candy, so I can't complain at all. Yeah, the 1950xt might run @ 50fps for what I do, but it's not a big deal to me.