Re: Nvidia recommendation.
ATI is ATI's in house manufacturer, but I think that Sapphire is definitely ATI's preferred distributor, and although I have heard some pretty bad things about their customer service, I've never had to actually use it for my 4850...
also, the thing that get's people hooked with XFX is the double lifetime warranty, this alone brings the resale value way up for those that buy the latest and greatest, then a few months later sell said "used to be" latest and greatest so they can get the latest and greatest, etc., etc., if buying used, people prefer a card where the warranty can be transferred, at least here in the US you can, I think XFX has a different policy for cards bought outside of the US IIRC...
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