Help guys, I am unsure if I am killing myself for nothing... Later this week I plan on ordering 2 new 8800 Gt's for a new rig I am building. I am trying to the cost for both as close to 400 as possible but want to make sure I am getting the most bang for the buck.
I have used XFX in the past and love the company and their cards, so much so that I bought their Mobo for this rig. But now that I am ordering the cards, I am wondering if I should go with whoever has the fastest core clock.
Yeah, the MSI card mentioned above is amazing, and cheap too. In an Antec 900 with a side fan blowing directly on it, I've never seen it get past 50C. Definitely recommended.
The only think I would not like about that cooler over the GTS cooler is that it doesnt blow the hot air outside of the case. It may a small amount as it has a 2nd slot vent and the fan is in the middle. Just make sure you have good case flow. I used to have an x1900xtx with Thermalright HR-03 cooler, kept that thing 20C cooler than stock. However when I replaced it with my GTS that blows the air out the back, my mobo temp dropped 5C instantly at idle. I was perfectly fine with good case air flow. ANYTHING is better than the stock GT cooler.