Driver issues. I tried the most recent (12.4) drivers and there were TONS of screen flickers. Updated to the 12.6 beta which made it seem to go away, but in random situations flickers still happened. Installed the drivers off the CD and have had no problems. I'm hoping that updated drivers come out to deal with the issue, however, this is probably the last time I buy a video card from ATI.
the cons of this card was screen flickering caused by driver issues. which isn't gigabyte fault therefore no egg were removed. to fix this problem download the catalyst 12.6 beta. Though having trouble overclocking eventually got it to work using msi afterburner
I was wondering if this really pertained to me? I am somewhat of a newbie when it comes to hardware, but I have checked many forums and I am pretty positive this is what I want. I don't quite know how to install the card, but do have a guide (http://h10032.www1.hp.com/ctg/Manual/c02255267.pdf) and a few friends who could help me install the card, which should be fairly simple. I'm no idiot, so I know right from wrong.
I was just wondering if there is anything I need to think about first here and pay attention to before I purchase.
Note: I plan on using this for gaming on Guild Wars 2 at some of the highest graphics settings, flawlessly.
It will be fine with your CPU. It is also one of the last of the EVGAs to continue to carry this warranty. You'll probably replace it well before it will ever die on you, but it's nice to have the reassurance in case something does happen. Also, EVGA is well-known for their customer support.
One thing to think about for the future though is most online games tend to put a lot of stress on your CPU. Any upgrade to your motherboard/CPU will help improve your performance with this type of game as well. I'm thinking an i5-2500/Z68 motherboard combo of some type.