Right I'm gonna buy myself a new graphics card I think. It's the only thing left in my PC to be updated
I've narrowed it down pretty much to either the:
Asus Radeon 9600XT 128MB
Ridiculously cheap Sapphire 9800Pro 128MB Lite Retail
Now my questioning is as follows...
I've been hearing a bit recently about the build quality and reliability of Sapphire cards. My mate has bought two Sapphires (A 9600Pro and a 9600XT), both of which the fan has become knackered and started making a whining noise. This also started happening when he put a Crystal Orb to replace the first one. Maybe it's just bad luck, but it's made me VERY hesitant to buy a Sapphire, a company which I used to think made excellent graphics cards.
So do I buy the cheaper, yet a lot more powerful* Sapphire card and hope that luck is on my side and the fan doesn't die after 3 months. OR do I buy a card that isn't quite as powerful, slightly more expensive, but made by a manufacturer which I think very highly of, and hear no complaints about?
That's the dilemma kids, help me out here!!
* - That's another thing... Why is this particular Sapphire so cheap? Is it a glorified OEM version of the 9800Pro? "Lite-Retail" doesn't impair the power of this card does it?
Thanks in advance!