Hello community! I recently built a new system (early November), but I decided at that time to re-use my 8800 GTS 320Mb card to save a little cash. Now I am looking to upgrade from that card because I'm selling the old rig to my brother in law. For reference, here's my new system:
Main Board - ASUS P7P55D PRO LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX CPU - Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz 8MB L3 Cache Memory - G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 PSU - CORSAIR CMPSU-750HX 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready CPU cooler DVD Burner HDD (2 of these in a RAID 0) Case Monitor - Acer P235Hbmid Black 23" 5ms HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor
OS - Windows 7 Pro 64-bit
I don't plan on getting a lot of money for my old system (since it's used and it's going to a family member), but I hope to use it towards a new GPU. I'd like to keep it around $250 or so, but if bumping it up to $300 would be a significant jump in performance then I wouldn't even think twice about it. Any help would be appreciated!
If it's broken, you'll have to RMA it anyway whether it is from a "reputable" company or the other. Personally, what I look for is the solution it offers (clock/shader/mem configs, cooling solution, bundles, etc) and last but not the least, price.
@ tpnp: Sapphire are the largest supplier of ATI (AMD?) cards, so I guess they are doing something right.
I've had several Sapphire cards over the years without so much as stutter but, as Jennyh says, you can always get a bad one
If you can extend the budget a little more, XFX has the security of their double lifetime warranty and some of the best support in the business (if you live in the US or Canada).