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    Gainward or Asus?

    Hi everyone!

    Been a while since I've posted on these forums.

    After holding on to the same computer for a long long time, it finally decided to go south the other week. My predicted retirement year for it was 2010 anyway so it did well. I didnt really know what was wrong with it and wasnt going to bother trying to work out what it was.

    Anyway, so I've been spending the last few weeks or so collecting parts for a new machine. I m getting everything brand new except for HDD, DVD, mouse and keyboard.

    I m now only short of the video card, today I went out and bought myself an el-cheapo Asus 8400GS Silent - This will do for now as I am not planning on playing any games until Diablo 3. Maybe abit of CS:Source here and there but that would be about it.

    So to get to the point, I've always stuck with Asus for motherboard and video card. No particular reason there, but would like to try Gainward. Thought they would be 'better?' as they are a company that specialise in graphics cards only and should make some pretty decent stuff.

    Just wondering what your thoughts are? How are the quality of these Gainward cards compared to Asus (physical and performance)? Should I stick with Asus or have a crack at this Gainward card?

    Cheers!

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    Just did a quick browse at GAINWARD,
    If any RMA service is required, ASUS appears to be better at it.
    "I know nothing."
    Cheers.

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    If their lifetime warranty is available in Australia, I think BFG would be a better choice than either Gainward or Asus. Plus the BFM rma support is top notch.
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    Cool,

    Thanks for the responses guys. Like I said the video card purchase is still a while off but I will keep that all in mind.

    Bit off topic but what do you guys think of SSD drives? Waste of money?

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    Bit off topic but what do you guys think of SSD drives? Waste of money?
    I have 2 Kingston snv125-s2 64gB in raid 0 in 1 of my computers and an Intel x25-m g2 80gB in another computer and this was the best upgrade I could do on those computers. Window and apps load much faster.

    Note that to save space and wear/tear on these drives (ssds, thought it's high, have a finite number of writes) I move the swap file on a mechanical drive.

    The price is starting to come down on ssds, and, I think that in a year or two the price will be low enough that most people will have one of them in their computer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TaNG View Post
    ... think of SSD drives? ...
    Still waiting for prices to go down before even considering those...
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    Cheers.

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    Anandtech is the site to learn about SSD drives. Some of the articles are lengthy, but hugely informative.

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    Yea fair enough, they are just way to pricey right now, and the fact that they have infinite writes is abit of a worry, but then again... they probably would have the same kind of lifespan compared to a regular mechanical hard drive?

    Just started he build now, HSF finally arrived this afternoon. I m sweating through my fingers!

    I'll check out Anandtech abit later as well

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    Quote Originally Posted by TaNG View Post
    but then again... they probably would have the same kind of lifespan compared to a regular mechanical hard drive? ...
    AnandTech has the current Seagate Pulsar listed with an average of 5 years lifespan.
    "I know nothing."
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    5 years? Dang... Well. I guess that's a pretty good life, still it would be nice to have something with 'unlimited' years.

    So I just finally finished building my PC and went into BIOS to setup my RAM timings and there is about 500 different settings for RAM! All I want to do is set it to 7-7-7-20! What on earth is all this other stuff? This is crazy!

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    What motherboard are you using?
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    Asus P6T Deluxe v2.

    Such a nice board, settings overload!

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