GPU final decision HELP

Hi again narrowed my decision down to:

1: Gigabyte GTX 550 Ti OC 1GB GDDR5 Dual DVI Mini HDMI PCI-E Graphics Card

2: EVGA GTX 550Ti SuperClocked 1GB GDDR5 DVI HDMI PCI-E Graphics Card

The rest of the build is:

Asus M5A97 PRO AM3+ AMD 970 + SB950 DDR3 ATX
AMD Phenom II X4 955
Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600MHz
OCZ Fatal1ty Series 550W Modular PSU

Would welcome your advise for which card would be better

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  1. eVGA because of their customer support and solid construction.
  2. If you only put up 2 brand.
    I will go with Warmacblu choice.
    eVGA good choice~
  3. Evga because of thier customer support and solid construction , hey isn't that what Warmacblu said... lol But it is true.
  4. Hello... both those cards are not 256-bit memory... is that what you want?

    Also a word from experience... get a card with a true, rear mounted, external exhaust fan... as those cards will just re-cycle the hot air into your case... increasing tempertures to the rest of your computer components.
  5. out of those two cards I would agree with the previous two posters. looks like you get a little more bang for your buck with the eVGA.

    I haven't owned an eVGA myself but I have owned GIGABYTE and haven't had an issue with their products. even have a motherboard of theirs I have used forever. I am not saying they don't have lemons but I have had good luck with them myself.

    shame they don't offer an SO model for the 550Ti. GIGABYTE does those up.
  6. both companies are great.

    look at power consumption, heat, noise, and overclocking to decide.

    gigabytes board is apparently almost silent at idle and takes less power on stock settings.
    EVGA's board will overclock further if you wish.

    Overclocking success w/
    EVGA’s Precision
    Core Speed: 1050Mhz
    Memory Speed: 4544Mhz

    Gigabyte’s OC Guru
    Core Speed: 1022Mhz
    Memory Speed: 4412Mhz
  7. Thanks for your replies, does anyone think that if I could pay a bit extra for GTX 560, that it would be a vast improvment over the GTX 550 TI SC. if so what would you go for and why
  8. if you decided to get a AMD3 motherboard instead of a 3+, then that might save you enough money to get a 560. It has almost twice the cores 192 vs 336, so substantially more performance. they are available for $180 and up.
  9. correct me if i am wrong but the 550ti seems like a souped up 8800gs with better memory and modern chip but still 192 bit. it seems like you could spend a little more and get much better performance.
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