End of the month I'll be building a new rig. Its been some time so my knowledge on the market isn't the best.
These things I'm set on are:
Intel Core i5 2500K 3.3GHz Socket 1155
Asus P8P67 Pro R3 P67 Socket 1155 8 Channel HD Audio ATX Motherboard
GTX 560 (with the intention of going SLi later in the year).
I'm having issues however picking which manufacturer of the GTX 560 to go with. Basically down tho these 3
MSI GTX 560 TWIN FROZR II 1GB
Gigabyte GTX 560 OC 1GB
Asus GTX 560 DirectCU II 1GB
Originally I was going for MSI because of some great reviews. Was then going with the Gigabyte due to the pre-overclocking, but now thinking going with the Asus because I'm a bit of an odd-ball and like the idea of having the same manfactured Motherboard & GPU.
Wondering from your expeirences (expertise) which of the 3 is best out of the box not just for performance but reliability and manfacturer support.
Those are all good brands. It would depend on price, if that is a benefit to you. I like cards with nice upgraded coolers, especially if you plan to overclock. If you are not planning to overclock a factory OC would be nice. I do like ASUS as a brand and their DirectCu II coolers are nice. MSI and Gigabyte also have nice coolers so your list is a toss up. Really it's your pick in this bunch. I'd get the best price deal, unless you want a factory OCed card, then I'd go for that.
I went with two of the Asus ..... prices were all the same, I saw lotta reviews where they took it to 1000 MHz w/o issue. Also, all things being equal, I like to minimize the numbe rof different manufacturers as it makes the calls to tech support easier when they occur. The guy can't get ya off the line by blaming the MoBo on a GFX card call cause it's his mobo too
Of course Gigabyte's 900 MHz version went on sale 2 days later and w/ MIR was only $215
I put two in Son No. 3's box .... 1st one tested at 1004/4800 with 0.00 increase in voltage under OCCT's GPU test w/ max temp of 75C .... 2nd one failed at 0.00 voltage increase at 1000/4800 but that ones going back as it's making strange sound like heat sink or fan is rattling.
the fact that Gigabyte has one "guaranteed" at 1000 MHz may hold sway for the guarantee alone but price being equal, I'd take the Asus.