No one seems to consider the gainward 8800GT 1gb golden sample. its got 1gb of memory and higher clock and memory speeds. it also has WAY better cooling than the stock 8800GT and according to this review almost performs at par with the 8800 Ultra which is at least twice the price.
its here http://www.gainward.com/product/product_detail.php?prod...
it looks slightly different and it think its the same cooling but with a different paint job. here is where i was going to buy it from http://www.sltech.com.au/shop/product_info.php?cPath=36...
however after a while researching i decided to get the 512mb version as the 1GB is not really used at all. For ages (ive been looking into it for a while) i was not sold and was going to get the 1GB version anyway just incase newer games needed extra memory but the 512mb version is $55 cheaper and apparently performs the same. http://www.sltech.com.au/shop/product_info.php?cPath=36...
The 512mb version is $285 australian which is VERY competitive considering it has better cooling, higher clock and memory speeds and takes the stock 8800GT to the cleaners in every test i have read and the stock cards on the same site range from 240-300.
From what i have read one of the main issues with the 8800GT is the card runs hot and the fan is really noisy so paying a bit extra for the cooling sold me already. The fact that its clocked up is a cherry on the top in my opinion (plus it looks awesome)
Are you going to buy the card online?
Which city are you in? You may find good prices at local shops. if it's Ottawa I can suggest a few good local shops.
If you're going with NCIX, the eVGA version is $60 more than the BFG version and IMO that's a bad deal. They are worth exactly the same, as far as I'm concerned. True, eVGA has a step-up program, but I bet you're not interested in that. XFX is also a good brand, but their version is even more expensive, at least at NCIX.
The EVGA GeForce 8800 GT Video Card - Superclocked Edition, 512MB GDDR3, PCI Express 2.0, (Dual Link) Dual DVI, HDTV, Video Card is 219.19 at Tiger Direct, oh and btw i wont have a cooling problem i have a thermaltake armor case its got fans everywhere including a 25cm side fan