Well, I've been living happily with my evega GT 430 (~$50) for a little over a year, but the past few months I have been noticing the fan was getting a little louder and was on for longer periods of time, and this past week it had even been rapidly starting and stopping until yesterday the whole card just crapped out, the computer wouldn't boot until I took it out.
I guess the cheap little fan they put on it can't keep the card cool enough, until the point where even the fan itself breaks.
Anybody have similar experiences from these cards?
I am considering an investment in a few Doepfer a-100 synthesizer modules. I was wondering if anybody else shared the same hobby and if you have played with Doepfer gear before? My current line up I am considering is a VCO, VCF, VCA, ADSR, LFO, and a midi to cv unit. Is there any other modules you think are "essential"? I only have about $750 to spend right now.