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PostPosted: Tue Feb 22, 2005 9:51 pm 
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hey guys this is my first post out of hardware haven!

im planning to buy one 6800gt pci-e with my asus sli mobo. what company should i buy the video card from

BFG or eVGA ? based on value, customer support and reliablity of the product?


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 23, 2005 4:41 am 
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based on value and customer support i would recommend eVGA, you can find it on newegg for $429.


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I would recommend BFG for the same reasons plus you would save $30 if you got it here

$399 - BFG GeForce 6800 GT OC PCI-Express (BFGR68256GTOCX )
http://www.chumbo.com/info.aspx?id=242673&ptr=fg

Unfortunatly they are out of stock! Monarch has it in stock...

$415 - BFG GeForce 6800 GT OC 256MB GDDR3/PCI-E/TV-Out/Dual-DVI (Retail Box)
http://www.monarchcomputer.com/Merchant ... L=FRG&NR=1

nothing against Evga, I have a BFG is awesome.


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Value - Unless you can beat those prices in the post above, BFG gets the vote. Plus, you get an ever so slight overclock out of the box (370MHz core clock compared to 350MHz - no big deal, but a bonus with all things being equal).

Customer support - I've used BFG's customer service and they are amazingly responsive (took them 16 minutes to answer an email of mine with a non-automated reponse that was sent after midnight EST).

Reliability - With a lifetime warranty and the customer support above, I'd say you could rest your mind at ease.

I haven't heard anything negative about eVGA's customer support or reliability, and I really dig their step-up program they offer. I would use them in a heartbeat. The deciding factor then becomes price and at the moment, it looks like BFG surprisingly comes in a tad cheaper.


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 23, 2005 7:54 am 
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both companies are good. go with the better software bundle.


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the evga website has here card (retail) for 399.99! should i get it there instead? or should i get the bfg one at monarchcomputersystems


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The price is attractive ($409 after shipping), and as I mentioned, I really like their step-up program. Looking on their website though, it appears their warranty is for 1 year only (I either wasn't aware of this before just now or simply forgot).

I'd personally go with the BFG in that Monarch link for $6 more - whether it stays in my main rig or gets delegated to a secondary/backup machine, I usually keep a card longer than 12 months.


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Both companies are very good. Reliability, customer service, etc. It boils down to price and/or software bundles. Pick one and go with it. We aren't gonna tell you which one to go with. Just like we're not gonna say 'you have to buy it from these guys'. That's YOU'RE decision.


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 23, 2005 8:33 am 
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UPDATE - It looks like eVGA may offer a 2 year warranty when you register their product. Their description on Monarch for the eVGA 6800GT says:
    When you purchase a new EVGA graphics card, the standard one year limited warranty applies. By registering your new card online at evga.com/register/, you will receive an additional one year limited warranty for free. Now isn't that a great deal? A two year limited warranty just for registering your product!
Monarch LINK

Additionally, when you go through the checkout process on eVGA's website, there's a caption at the bottom that says '1+1 Year Warranty.' Two years is a bit more generous. ;)


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