I've been going back and forth for a week and originally had the EVGA in the mix as well, but have decided I would prefer a cooler card as I have adequate air flow in my case and will be overclocking as the need arises.
EVGA has lifetime warranty but as a reference design runs very hot, which worries me for overclocking and just basic use in a hot environment. I haven't read many negative personal reviews, so it's tempting to simply put my money on EVGA and hope for the best.
ASUS seems like a very solid purchase, and I'm leaning this way for now. Nice cooling (not as much as MSI) and with the new BIOS update for the fan I've read that it's nice and quiet, on par with the MSI card. I tend to prefer ASUS but the card itself is a bit more than the MSI and EVGA versions.
I plan to play 1080p at high to ultra settings. The most taxing game I own currently is BFBC2. Any advice is appreciated. Thanks!
Asus M4A78LT-M LE
Antec EarthWatts Green 650w PSU
AMD Phenom II X4 925 @ 3.2ghz (OC'd)
Edit: My budget is roughly ~$250 US before MIR and as close to $200 as possible after MIR
I went MSI for the cooling. No problems with mine for a few months now. I do agree that EVGA runs super hot and that kept me away from them this time around. I do have other EVGA cards and I love their warranties. Don't know of the Asus. They are a solid company but I felt the MSI received better reviews.
Asus ENGTX 560 TI DCUII TOP 1GB went open box this morning at Newegg.com and I scooped it up for $188 US. Future SLI possible at a super low price if I keep checking open box prices. A few MSI cards were available as open box this past week but I missed them all by minutes, and since this was the card I was leaning toward anyway I'm very happy with this deal.
I plan to update this thread in the near future in case anyone else has the same question as me.
Here's hoping for the best with my open box purchase!
Hopefully somebody didnt have the PSU to run the card or something like that
The Asus is a great way to go
If they would of made a Asus DCU HD 5670 that wouldve worked in my tower
that is what I wouldve bought
But I am happy with my MSI
Really cant go wrong picking between MSI and Asus LOL
My MSI HD 5670 maxes at 74c under 30 minutes of Furmark stress test in a 75F (24c) room
while gaming I will hit about 68-70c
so for a pretty powerful card those temps seem really good
some guys will take off the heatsink and use a good aftermarket paste
instead of the stock paste
can drop a few C off your max
good if you heavily OC the card