GTX 660--ASUS, EVGA, or Gigabyte?

I'm set on the 660 so now I need to figure out what brand to get. A friend told me EVGA is the best since he's always used them and they don't cause any problems, but the non-reference models seem to have better cooling. That's why I have been leaning a little towards EVGA's FTW Signature 2 or ASUS with their DirectCU II system. Gigabyte also has a non-reference design but it looks sort of thrown together. I'd also like it to be quiet, and I've heard ASUS makes the quietest cards. Any suggestions?
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  1. whats ur budget and country of origin.
  2. I'm from the United States. And my budget is < $240
  3. Thanks. It was the one I was looking at already. :) Quick question, are the non-reference coolers really necessary? To me there doesn't seem to be a need for them unless you're overclocking, which I probably won't need to do.
  4. no, but evga has a great warranty and customer service thats why i recommanded it ;P
  5. ozzman1997 said:
    Thanks. It was the one I was looking at already. :) Quick question, are the non-reference coolers really necessary? To me there doesn't seem to be a need for them unless you're overclocking, which I probably won't need to do.


    Usually, non-reference card features better layout, components and cooling design. Most of card makers produced factory overclocked solution. you can consider GIGABYTE GTX 660. It looks there is a decent offer on Newegg.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125443
  6. Non reference coolers will have like bill9803 said better board layout. Better cooling and a more silence computing experience. Again it will also allow for better overclocks.
  7. meh, evga has top quality and one of the best service u can get.
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