Are you planning on OCing? If not get the BFG GT, has lifetime warranty and factor OCed to 370 GPU. If you plan on OCing more than factory speeds then you need to up voltages in the BFG cards, they seem to suck a bit more power. I've heard Evga, leadtek, gainward and XFX are decent ocers, but not sure which one is best.
Haha, what do you mean stay away from eVGA, I bet my card pulls benchies your card could dream off. Dont listen to him, eVGA is a very good brand card and I can highly recommend it, Ive hit clocks the other brands of cards can only dream of and it still runs stable as hell. The BFG cant overclock much past its stock clock so if your looking for optimum performance count it out, the BFG is also the only card ive heard people complaning about the cooling, so theres that to think about to.
Asus p4c800 Deluxe,1 Gig Mushkin PC3200 Dual Channel Level II V2,Pentium 4 3.0 512k 800fsb HT, Thermaltake Xaser III, Thermaltake Spark 7+, Sound Blaster Audigy2 ZS Platinum Pro, eVGA GeForce 6800 GT<P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by Rx7000 on 11/20/04 01:35 AM.</EM></FONT></P>
If this guy doesn't want to OC his card BFG is the way to go. PERIOD!
If he wants to OC it then he will want to look into the rest starting with eVGA because of the price.
This is how i think about the cooling for BFG. it may not be the best but with a lifetime waranty it doesn't have to be. If my card burns itself because it gets too hot...they will replace it. I dont OC, so this was the best card for me. And for $405.95 shipped, it was too good to pass up.
I hate to ruin your day, but a 370 clock from a 350 clock is truly nothing. Buying the bfg is a waste of money when you can pay the same price, get better cooling and get a card thats going to take you farther.
Let me see if i got you correctly....for the same price as your card, i got a very slight OC, and it comes with a lifetime waranty. And i 'wasted' my money?!?
Maybe in your mind i didn't make the best decition, but how did i waste my money?
There are two ways to go here. I am not OC'ing my card so i chose the better speed and better waranty. If i were going to OC my card, i might choose differently.
How come its so often people look for one right answer and determine everything else is wrong?
My point is, you can get more for your money, I shouldnt have said that you "wasted your money" sorry. IMO, more being the ability to overclock decently if you so choose. I may have come across like a dick. If I did im sorry I didnt mean it like that. It just pisses me off everytime someone goes eVGA, that sucks. If it did suck I would agree with them all the way, but it dosnt suck and its actually very nice. So that comment put me on the defensive. =P
Honestly I only have my experiences with the evga, and heard some bad mouthing about the bfg as far as overclocking and cooling goes (not much at that, just enough to cast a slight cloud on the brand). If your not overclocking the bfg as stated it is a good buy, espically with the warranty., just make sure youll never be interested in overclocking in the future as it may disapoint you.
If it helps I havnt heard anything bad about any other 6800 GT's accept the asus, which in a article in maximum pc benched marked that and another card and the asus got smoked.
thanks for the input rx7000. I'm not too sure if I'm going to be overclocking so I think I'll just wait until I can make up my mind. I am thinking about going for an NForce4 mobo, and I know if I do that I should look at PCIe. Thanks again.
Remember, there are no stupid questions, just stupid people.