If you have to choose from that site then the Gigabyte 6870 is the better out of those.
I live in Canada though, and newegg.ca usually has a shipping fee. And are there any warranty plans for newegg products? The reason I'm purchasing from Memory Express is because of their warranty plan. But thanks for bringing up those products.
As for that motherboard, what makes it better than the one I listed?
The MSI board is just better in every way over the Asus board.The Asus board is more for an entry level board while the MSI board is more mid range.If they are the same price I really don't see why not to go with the newer chipset.
Yes I would.It's not just about the graphics though.The motherboard is just all around better.It has better voltage regulators,better componets,more USB's and it can support higher memory if you choose to upgrade to a Ivy Bridge CPU in the future.But you never know what you might want to do in the future.At least with this board you have the option to without having to spend money on a new one.
The MSI board has a 3 year warranty.
I'm still seeing the MSI board being cheaper on Newegg.ca.On Newegg it's $130 +$12 shipping without a rebate.From memoryexpress it's $160 then $140 after MIR.Kind of the same thing but with the Newegg it's direct and you don't have to wait on the MIR.
With Newegg.ca you have 30 days to get a replacement or a refund.After that you go through MSI directly which is where the 3 year warranty comes from.If you have a problem with the board just send them an email and they'll try to help you solve the problem or they will issue a RMA.Usually takes about 2 weeks for a replacement depending on the shipping time.