It seems that many people have been having problems with this card. Should I be concerned enough about it to avoid this card? Would it be wise to go with another manufacture? Such as this Asus model, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Is there another gtx 460 card that I should get instead? I would like to stay under $200.
I am using Windows 7 64bit and these are the CPU and mobo it will be used with:
No it shouldn't unless you don't maintain or care for any of your hardware then you should avoid every Fermi above the GT430 and most Radeon 5 and 6k series cards as they all have needs such as preventative maintenance. I got the Gigabyte gtx460 and like most cards it needs to be broken in and modded a bit to work just right.
Gigabyte is one of the better deals of the GTX 460 out there. I have a Gigabyte GTX 460 1gb OC for 6 months now. It has been running smoothly. It also runs cool. In my case, since I live in Philippines, it's freaking hot here. And my Video Card still runs cool under 40 degrees without airconditioning. It's running all my games 40+ FPS.
The 465 was the hot and overly power hungry chip. The 460 was a turning point for Nvidia because it put them back into the GPU game.
Gigabyte make good cards. I rarely trust Newegg reviews due to alot of people having no idea what they are doing or talking about. Also, if a card sells well you are going to have a higher number of bad reviews - the more they sell the more likely duds will be found, people more often leave bad feedback as they are less inclined to bother leaving a post to say it is good