Brand Names + 8800GTS vs. 9800GTX

Basically, on ncix.com, a BFG 8800 GTS is ~$250. An eVGA or XFX version of the same card is ~$325. Is it worth the extra money to get the "better" brand names?

Also, which is better, an 8800GTS or a 9800GTX. Name and expectations would give it to 9800GTX, but they are priced pretty much the same, and benchmarks don't show much difference.
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  1. No, plus BFG seems like it's a top tier brand. If not, very close. Just one man's opinion.
  2. They're the same. :p
  3. 8800gt MSI dual slot cooler for 170$ MRI @ newegg gogogogo!
  4. I live in Canada gogogo!!

    Actually ncix.com has the BFG 8800GT on for $180 right now.
  5. Thats a good deal and even better if its 2 slot cooler. OC that baby to GTS
  6. generally no it doesn't matter, but for some it does. Galaxy is a cheap brand, and Foxconn. They don't offer as much Warranty (Galaxy 1 year...WTF)

    BFG is lifetime warranty, XFX Double LIfetime, EVGA (step up and Lifetime warranty and you can tamper with the cooling)

    I think BFG XFX and EVGA are the heavy hitters, where you can buy in confidence, MSI makes cheap parts, but they seem to be reliable.

    Personally I'd rather pay a little more and be assured then a little less and on edge.
  7. Sweet, sounds like I will go with a BFG then. The savings means I can put the money to good use somewhere else. Hello SLI maybe.
  8. lol good luck with your purchases:)
  9. I never buy a card without the security of Step-up.
  10. Step up doesn't do me any good. I buy the cards cheaper than what Evga would sell it, lol I don't need that step up. the Store offers 2 months exchange and 30 days money back lol!
  11. How are you able to swing the cheap cards liquid? connections?

    Also, I added it in a little late. Is it worth the money for the 9800GTX over the 8800GTS?
  12. Chinese stores my man. In toronto they are all over. The 9800 GX2 I paid 500$ Cash, :) When you pay cash, anything is possible:)
  13. hmmm, I may need to make a trip to TO. Only 45 minutes away.
  14. right now, looks like I am going to go with the eVGA 750i SLi FTW board + 1 BFG 8800GT for now, with another one coming eventually.
  15. Ahh the College & Spadina computer connection :sol:

    Love going home to visit the parents and take a walk around U of T. Computer Deals and College women, perfect combination. :D
  16. I get the college women part here at UWO (Western in London), but the deals just don't seem to be there.
  17. BFG has started their own step up program.They started it with the introduction of the 9000 series.
  18. kellytm3 said:
    BFG has started their own step up program.They started it with the introduction of the 9000 series.



    With those step-up programs, won't you just end up spending more money, while thinking you saved money all the while? It's brilliant! :D
  19. Since my Galaxy caught fire I will be looking for more supported brands. No response from Galaxy with my problem.
  20. g8r said:
    Since my Galaxy caught fire I will be looking for more supported brands. No response from Galaxy with my problem.



    Lol, that's a hot card. What did you do to it? :na:
  21. kellytm3 said:
    BFG has started their own step up program.They started it with the introduction of the 9000 series.


    Will they step-up an 8000 series card? Or just 9000 series cards?
  22. Yeah man college and Spadina is the SH*T! lol Go to Filtech Computers, that guy will hook u up good:) Cheaper than Canada computers most of the time. Their motto is, its either the same price or cheaper:)
  23. Filtech- they don't have the 'best' selection in terms of some things, but you are right cash is king w/the Asians!

    I like R.O.T., a lot of times they have things you can't find anywhere else around College-Spadina or Markham.
  24. Just checked out the Filtech site. Solid deals, especially since I know it would be even cheaper when you show them $1000+ cash.

    Liquid, how much do you think they would let a 9800GTX or 8800GTX go for?

    Also, anything you buy there still has legit warranties with the manufacturers as long as you register it, right?
  25. yes they handle legal deals, full warranty. If they don't have in store, they will order with the best prices.

    I'm actually going this weekend to find out how much they'll let a 9800 GTX go for, my friend is interested, and I can post. I think if you bring cash, they won't charge tax, if your a good customer, they give you more deals. lol They gave me 1 gig of ram for free, and they give me Arctic silver free, screws and sometimes extra stuff they have lying around.

    Bring Cash, and bargain them. Ask for the price and try going down by 5 -20$. I kno that I got a 8600 GT for 38$ from them. I took it back because it was 85 degrees and horrible, got a 9600 GT OC for 160 Cash plus 30$ MIR so I basically spent 130 for the card.
  26. I would definitely go cash, and would be buying more than that.

    If they are legit, I would probably buy:

    -9800GTX/8800GTX
    -4 GB (2x2) OCZ Reaper/Crucial Ballistix
    -e8400
    -Antec 900
    -Seagate 7200.11 500 GB

    and a couple other odds and ends. Whenever you go to one of those stores, they are always willing to help if you have $900 cash in your hands. And I was under the belief if they give you a deal for using cash, tax is pretty much **** and null, since it is obviously not going to be recorded anywhere.
  27. exactly:)
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