Well guys, as most of you have absolutely no clue about, I've decided it's time to upgrade my graphics card. I walked into CompUSA one day having no clue about any of Newegg's various sales, and after some looking, decided to jump for a sale. I bought a 7900GS for $200, and a Zalman VF-900 for an additional $50. Not bad, eh? Too bad shopping at Newegg would have saved me $50...but I didn't feel like waiting . Anyways, on to the fun part. I stuck the thing in my machine after uninstalling the old ATI drivers, I installed the latest NVIDIA ones (which are NOT very recent), and played Half Life 2. I practically orgasmed at all the SM3 pretties, and thinking that it would be just like that for everything, I proceeded to void all warranties by replacing the stock cooler with that VF900. At this point, you'd think I'd be very happy. I replaced my aging SM2 card with a midrange/highend SM3 video card, I had fun doing so, and I now have increased performance and image quality. Not so much, I'm afraid. I run UT2004/Halo, two of my FAVORITE games, and notice that I don't exactly like NVIDIA as much as I thought I would. While ATI's image was sharp and crisp (if a bit low-detail/aliasy due to SM2), the NVIDIA image focused on beauty, has unstable framerates (at one point it's almost laggy, at another it's screaming), and just seems to not pay so much attention to detail. I also notice that my power supply gets quite warm after playing my games (7900GS requires 20A on the 12 volt rail, I have 18A), I only gain about 1200 points in 3Dmark05 (my X850XT could get 6k easily, and I've pushed her to 7k before, while the 7900GS only gets to 7200 with small processor and mild RAM overclock (2.6GHz CPU, DDR433). Basically, I replaced my X850XT with something from the green camp (aka NVIDIA), and I'm not too sure I like the results. My options are listed below. Stop whining, start playing with SM3 pretties turned all the way up! Sell my X850XT with VF900 fitted on it for $115 shipped in the BSTG threads. Accept I made a mistake, sell the 7900GS with stock cooler refitted on it for $175 USD (it's actually pretty good/quiet for the card it's working with). Go for the gold! Sell 7900GS with VF900 fitted on it for $210 USD, in hopes of grabbing a Powercolor X1950Pro with an Arctic Cooling heatsink fitted on it. Now, just for the record, this card could really go places for an NVIDIA fan with a good power supply, I've gotten it to 600/800 before the power supply decided it couldn't keep up. What do you think?