Looking for opinion on manufacturer importance

Hi, I'm new to these forums, and I was just wondering about the importance of buying between different graphics card manufacturers.

Are some more likely to fail than others? And if the price is the same, should you go for the better brand?

I am looking for a good, inexpensive graphics card, so I have been looking at these two:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130513&cm_re=gts_250-_-14-130-513-_-Product

and this one:


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127495&cm_re=gts_250-_-14-127-495-_-Product

People have told me that EVGA is a good brand, so should I get that one over the MSI one because it is better and they are the same price? Or does it really matter that much?

This will be my first graphics card purchase, so I'm kind of new to all of this.

Any input would be very much appreciated. :)
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  1. If I recall correctly, the only difference between those 2 is the cooling. And the cooling wont be ur problem if ur not planning to overclock them. So there is really no difference. I trust more in EVGA then MSI tho :=)
  2. Yea if Im buying nvidia I got with evga, use to rock xfx but gone off them due to mobo issues which I know is nothing to do with gpus but put me off the whole brand. For the most part there is no real difference, some reportedly offer varying degrees of customer support so that might be a consideration. Also some offer non reference coolers which is usually my biggest factor on what mfg to go with these days.

    My very general rule of thumb is:
    Nvidia = evga
    ATI = Saphire
    or if they are doing a particularly cool card from either = ASUS
  3. From 2 options above, i would choose the 1st (EVGA) one, because it blows the hot air out of the case, it will help cooling the temps down inside your case...

    the second card is great, it has 2 big fans to cooling down the card memory, but it blows the hot air inside the case, so your case is hotter than if you use the 1st option...

    well, that's just me.... :)
  4. Thanks all for your input.
    I ended up buying the EVGA card, since it seems to be the most respected here. Now I'll just have to see how it works!
  5. Good choice! Hope it'l satisfy you
  6. It did.
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