i have heard that a few times, what is it with the MSI cards?
I would avoid MSI mainly for the warranty. Build quality is okay, just a notch below that from XFX, eVGA and BFG, all of which provide lifetime warranties upon registration. XFX is unique for providing warranty coverage that covers the owner of the card and any person he\she sells it to.
You know, I guess I've been lucky, I've owned two MSI, two EVGA, two BFG and a Sparkle video card and never had the first bit of trouble from any of them. Same for motherboards, MSI, ABIT, and Asus, not problems. Come to think of it, I've never kept any of them for four years though.
Just bought a Sapphire video card, hope I have good luck with it as well.
Hey hey. Thanks guys, for the info. I think I might start picking up some of these items that have expiring promotions / mail-in-rebates. For the rest, I'll keep waiting . I managed to find most of them at local stores at comparable prices to newegg and ncix. Sweet!
@olefarte, Sapphire is a great choice. I doubt you will have problems. They, along with HIS, Visiontek and XFX (yet again!) are the best choices for ATI cards, especially since there are some ATI cards that Visiontek and XFX (both of which offer lifetime warranties) produce in very limited quantities (or not at all) like the HD 4670, making the Sapphire and HIS cards the only good choices in that case.
Their custom-cooler cards are especially fantastic; I personally prefer the HIS ICEQ cards over the Sapphire Toxic ones, but that is just me.
aha, very good, thanks Moiz
O.o, ICEQ card look like a normal card with a blue fan.
The ICEQ has dual heat pipes. The fan/heatsink cover does look the same though.
the iceQ series does cool better than stock cards by like 10c so thats pretty nice imo
But with all the memory gremlins, and "non-futureproofness" of the Core i7 platform, I would go AM3.
(eh, reviving an old thread)
I have a question here regarding the CPU.
Rage recommended the Phenom II X4 810 2.6Ghz 95W processor. Does this mean that the processor takes up 95 of the 750W made available through the PSU?
I found a promotion for the Phenom II X4 945 3.0Ghz 125W processor for only a marignally higher cost. Would this other processor be compatible with the parts Rage suggested?
the Phenom II X4 945 will work with the GIGABYTE GA-MA770T-UD3P and will be quite a performance boost. and yes the wattage rating of the CPU is what you need you plan on when selecting a PSU. you will not have to up the PSU if you get the X4 945 if thats what your asking.