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#1 Jul 22 2010 at 3:10 PM Rating: Decent
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I've been ready to pull the trigge ron picking up a gtx470, but I am not familiar with some of the brands on newegg. Is there a go to brand for great quality for the price or are deals from MSI an ok choice?

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#2 Jul 22 2010 at 3:12 PM Rating: Good
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I'm a fan of EVGA myself.
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#3 Jul 22 2010 at 3:18 PM Rating: Decent
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#4 Jul 22 2010 at 3:22 PM Rating: Good
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In my opinion when you purchase similarly specced cards like this, you're going for customer support/product quality more than a superior speed. I've owned 4 EVGA cards, and one motherboard, and they have all served me quite well. I had one MSI motherboard once, and the thing crapped out after a month of use. Your mileage may vary, everyone has good and bad customer service. One nice thing about newegg, might want to read the reviews for both and see what people are saying about them.
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#5 Jul 22 2010 at 3:27 PM Rating: Decent
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I have the MSI one... are you ever planning on SLI? If so you might want to look into the GTX 460s or wait until the GTS 450s come out in a few weeks.

As to brands, I like EVGA... but when they first come out they are usually extremely overpriced. Then again they do (or did) have a trade up option on their stuff.

For the 470 I went with MSI this round, last time I went with PNY who is also reliable with GPUS. Before that I had EVGA stuff, but honestly I never needed their customer service so it wasn't worth it for me to stick with them.
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#6 Jul 22 2010 at 6:02 PM Rating: Decent
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I second evga, i currently run 2 gtx470's from them. No issues. Make sure you register though for the limited lifetime warranty.
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what size psu do you have with those sli'd?
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#9 Jul 22 2010 at 6:24 PM Rating: Good
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ahhh yea I got a 700watt ocz fatal1ty series. So that why I am kinda looking for a single card setup for now. Just torn on whether a gtx 470 will show noticable improvement over my gtx 280.
#10 Jul 22 2010 at 8:47 PM Rating: Good
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I've had a PNY GeForce last me several years before upgrading.
I've had a PNY GeForce (what I upgraded to) die on me after a year and a half.
I've had a Sapphire Radeon 3650 last for a while until it started giving me weird artifacts which eventually lead to system crashes.
I had an MSI 9800 that I sent back as DOA.
I'm currently using an XFX 5770 that works like a charm.
I had a friend who just had to return an MSI 5770 that would black screen periodically for no reason.

Tiny sample size of two people, but there you go.

One reason I went with XFX was their double lifetime warranty; not only do -I- get a lifetime warranty, but if I ever sell or give away the card to someone else, -they- also have a lifetime warranty.

If you ever plan to overclock the card, look for warranty stipulations about that too. Some manufacturers are more overclocker friendly (in that they won't void your warranty for replacing the stock heatsink or overclocking) and others will void the warranty if you overclock it, even through the included software tool.

Warranty and support options are the most important thing. I was extremely unimpressed with MSI's support, for example, when I tried to contact them.

Go through the company's website and go through the motions like you're trying to contact their support. Do they have a toll free phone number? Live chat? Email only? 24 hour support, or limited support hours (that overlap with your regular work hours)? Does it take you 15 minutes to find their contact info or can you find it in two or less?

This is the stuff you want to know -before- you buy a card. Because if you buy it and it's bad, wasting 15 minutes scouring a site to only find an email address that they will respond to you in "3 to 5 business days" is EXTREMELY frustrating.

Research the company's support level before buying from them.
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