Unfortunately, I am restricted to the Canadian choices unless I can find one in the American list at another Canadian vendor. I think trying to find someone to accept my newegg.com purchase and have it sent from their American home will be too difficult or at least, inconvenient. So, without ranting or complaining any longer, I will ask you to comment on the Canadian alternatives and...
I think I would go with the EVGA 512-P3-N879-AR GeForce 9800 GTX+ 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16. You wouldn't have to mess with a rebate, has a life time warranty. Will your power supply handle it? The specs say minimum 30Amps on the 12 volt rail.
I bought the Asus 9800GTX+ you linked, for the cooling. It does run cool, and I would recommend it. Quick story. I had Asus Smart Doctor set up for fan control. After a driver update, it was knocked out. I didn't know what the fan was doing, so I ran 3dmark06 twice, back to back, and when I checked, it was 58 Celcius. I don't know how the fan control is set up from factory, but I'm not even worried about it.
That being said, the lifetime warranty unclefester mentioned is a pretty big draw, also.
Is that really true? All EVGA cards are lifetime warranty? No catch?