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a b U Graphics card
December 8, 2008 3:50:14 PM

hey everybody!

im relatively new to the pc gaming platform and i need a hand in deciding which card to get.

i have my heart set on a 280 card, but i dont know which company to go with. bfg, evga, pny, xfx?

my motherboard is not sli capable, so i will be running a single gpu.

i currently have a bfg 8800 gt, but i feel the need to upgrade. i already bought a 1000w psu in order to prepare for the upgrade ( and expansion for the future)

but still, should i go bfg, xfx, evga, or pny??

thanks for the help guys

- ted

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a b U Graphics card
December 8, 2008 4:01:30 PM

First off, they all make the same base card, but may adjust the clock timings slightly diffrently then the reference model, so make sure you check around before buying. The other major diffrence is the warrentee.

I perfer XFX, due to the lifetime warentee.
a b U Graphics card
December 8, 2008 4:06:24 PM

I'm personally a big fan of EVGA. I've always liked their products, and they have some of the best support.
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December 8, 2008 5:59:53 PM

^ agreed, EVGA has the greatest support and their gpu's have a lifetime warranty with a 90 day step-up, so if a better card comes out in 90 days you can trade in your GTX 280 and pay the difference for the better/newer card instead of full price. EVGA FTW!
December 8, 2008 6:29:48 PM

+1 EVGA and YES, look at the GPU clock speed ! sometime on newegg or other, the higher clocked is cheaper ! ;) 

390$ after MIR 602mhz

410$ after MIR 648mhz

475$ after MIR 670mhz

***** note that the lowest one may be able to OC the the fastest one *****

Feel free to buy the one you want !
December 8, 2008 6:52:36 PM

+1 for EVGA, i've owned 3 of their cards, and been through 1 step-up process. they've been great to deal with.
December 8, 2008 7:00:37 PM

As already mentioned they all make reference cards so you need to check to see which is best regarding clock speeds, warranty, and price.

EVGA, BFG, & XFX are all excellent. I'm on my 3rd XFX card now and will buy them again when I need to upgrade my 8800GTS 512.

PNY are an unknown to myself but I'm sure others here will vouch for them.
December 8, 2008 7:07:00 PM

XFX or EVGA - good quality and acceptable support plus heaps of models with factory OC. The only thing I dont really like is the factory cooling solution, but I have always replaced with high end liquid cooling and never had any problems.