Ok, I am going to try and get the GTX 460, if I can run together and get the 1gb one, I would.
but now a second question, brand preferences.
Im trying to stick to Newegg, as I have nothing but great experience with them as a point of sale. personally, I have experience with Gigabyte brand. I had one card with them, but that fried as well, however, even though they gave me a run around, they at least held their warranty and replaced the card (eventually)
Ive heard that EVGA brand is good, but some of the personal reviews Ive read suggest their quality is declining.
So, I was wondering whats been a good brand to work with?
Getting the 1GB 460 is definitely a good idea, that cyclone is also factory overclocked and features a after-market heatsink and fan.
That corsair will definitely handle it.
However, Keeping in mind that the 6xxx series is due out from ATi in october, It's expected that the first cards released(6750, 6770) should be on par or better than the Radeon 5830, From a price/performance standpoint if you wait around you may get a better deal on your card this way, and even if there not better the older 5xxx series is due to have a price drop when the new series comes out and that could mean you could pick up a 5850 for the same price as the 460 if lucky. It's definitively worth a consideration.
Hello helpful people. an Update, I have decided i will get the 1GB GTX 460, either Gibabyte or the MSI. (at the time of purchase, Im looking for the best warranty between them).
But, I thought some of my fellow techheads would like to know about the fried card.
I did some troubleshooting to see if I could recover the 9800, to no avail.
so, being a nerd with A.D.D., I took it apart, and low and behold, It really fried, after taking the heat sink off, i discovered that the 'thermal paste/bond' was not paste at all, but a thin film of powder.
Looking at both surfaces of the chip and the chip contact point, i didn't see the residual overflow from a paste, It was litterly like somebody took a cotton swap, and dabbed some powder on the chip, and then applied the heat sink.
However, the thermal paste over the memory was more than adequate
would like to add, this is the first time i have ever noticed this, in any thing, but looking closer at the thermal pads that covered the memory chips, i noticed something, it was burnt, it litteraly turned golden brown on the edge of one of the pads,