Where u gettin the XT from? Newegg has them cheap now cuz ATI will be comin out with a X1950XTX which is a X1900XT with GDDR4 memory at 3.2GHz (no not dual GPU like 7950). And correct me if i'm wrong, but if you OC doesnt taht void the warrenty? if it does then if your goin to OC, why pay for a warranty that will be void.
I have an XT with a Zalman VF900 on it and it runs pretty cool. U can probably get a good OC out of ur card when its watercooled.
Might i recommend a HIS Hightech or Sapphire branded X1900XT instead. I have the HIS Hightech one and its awsome, even came with a free game and alot of bonuses. I suppose the brand doesnt really change card performance but HIS and Sapphire are well known ATI brands. But go with w.e card u like.
And if you decide to pay $520 for a warrenty, why not just get a X1900XTX and watercool it, you could get a better OC with it since its got higher speeds. Just a thought.
*Opteron 165 1.8Ghz
*DFI Lanparty UT nF4 Ultra-D
*HIS Hightech X1900XT 512MB w/ Zalman VF900 (Core: 690Mhz, Mem: 1500Mhz)
*G.Skill 1GB DDR 400
*Kingwin Mutant X Series
*HP IDE Lightscribe DVD Burner
*Seagate Barracuda 80GB SATA II
*Maxtor 80GB IDE
*OCZ Gamexstream 600W PSU