I'm Looking at tigerdirect.com and the asus is 209 while the xfx is 189. What's most important to me is longevity of the card. Is paying the extra money for a better manufacturer worth it? Or should I just go with the HIS brand? or even the xfx brand?
XFX is just as good as Asus and HIS is not far behind.
How would you rank Sapphire compared to those brands?
Sapphire pretty good as well. The simple fact is that all Radeon cards are manufactured by a few OEMs who then slaps on the brand name stickers and ships them out to their customers. The major difference has to do with the warranty offered, custom heatsinks and customer support quality.
In fact, Sapphire is a sub-division of PC Partners an OEM manufacturer.