There are many brands out there like ASUS, MSI etc im looking for durability that is all. I heard the MSI cyclone 768mb model received very good reviews but im worried about the heatsink. Since there is no cover for the entire PCB hot air wont be directed through the back of the case but dissipated inside the case. Furthermore, the heatsink doesnt cover the memory andother components, Im afraid itll overheat.
Gigabyte that is what I bought for $225 with free ship from amazon along with my books for college. The cooler like the hawk has dual fans and the are both very very silent. Both like all of the rest don't have vram cooling but a few including gigabyte have vrm cooling. the Cyclone has a decent cooler but no vrm cooling and it does get very hot back there under load.
i play under 1440x900 resolution.And im afraid the vrm's aren't cooled
Don't worry about the VRM's, the card"overall" stays nice n cool unless you have scorching room temps and very bad airflow. The only 460 that ever had any VRM issues was the Palit model (not sure if this has been addressed already), the VRM's should be the least of your worries.
Go with the MSI Cyclone 1Gb. 205 w/ free shipping after rebates on the Egg, and you can get a free just cause 2 combo. Don't go 768, not matter how bad you want it. 1Gb will give you rooms for AA, and you will need it at that res. MSI cyclone 1gb FTW