Re: Which brand do you prefer?
EVGA is very hard to go wrong with.
Their warranty is second to none. You can even pay a very nominal fee when you register your card and they'll cross ship if anything ever goes wrong in the future.
And their step up program is awesome. I just bought a 280gtx, hopefully nvidia releases in january and I'll be able to step up.
I've rma'd motherboards to them after a bad flash, very painless and relatively fast.
They release motherboard bios frequently, both in beta and final.
They have an active tech forum, and /gasp!, they even post their occasionaly.
Then there is Jakup, a forum member here, so in a small manner they have a presence here too. Of the nvidia vendors, I feel they are the best.
fyi, they also have o.c. cards. I'm running a 280gtx SSC.
I'll stay loyal to them as long as they stay the great company they seem to be.