Replacement options - need advice

Ok, so I just finished a nice new i7 build but kept my old pair of 8800GT's in order to save a few bucks.

Now I have the opportunity to upgrade those 8800's but I only have about $200 to put toward a replacement card.

I was considering the EVGA GTX 275 or the Saphire 4890 .

The board I have supports both SLI and Crossfire, so a second card upgrade later would be possible with either choice. My intention is to upgrade again with a second card by the end of the year.

I don't have a preference between nVidia or ATI, I just want to know which of these two cards is going to be the best choice based on the following:

- Performance
- Upgrade scalability (SLI/Crossfire)
- Gaming Support (Drivers)

Keep in mind I am not asking which chip manufacturer makes the better card, I am only interested in the comparison of these two cards OR any similarly priced card with compatible performance and support.
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  1. well...to recommend you a card, I need to
    -know your system specs (detailed)
    -Know what games you plan or do play
    -know what resolution you play at

    -These things, I must know to recommend you the best card :)
  2. Sure thing, here is the machine I just built:

    COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
    ASRock X58 Deluxe LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard
    PC Power & Cooling Silencer PPCS750QBL 750W ATX12V / EPS12V
    Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model
    OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory
    XIGMATEK Dark Knight-S1283V 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler
    Western Digital VelociRaptor WD1500HLFS 150GB 10000 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
    2 X MSI NX8800GT 512M OC GeForce 8800 GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
    (i should make this my sig)

    I mostly play MMO's, specifically Everquest2, but I also enjoy some FPS like Left 4 Dead and Fallout 3.
    I play on a 24" monitor at max res (1900x1200)

    Thanks for the help.
  3. Hmm...So assuming you play 1920x1200 I would recommend personally getting a single GPU as it is more reliable and stable. For that resolution and based on your games I think a GTX275 would do that job
  4. i too game on a 24inch screen, it depends if you like to play with AA and AF.

    personalty I would get HD4890 as here in the uk at least tehy are alot cheaper than the GTX275 and can bite a GTX285 if overclocked
  5. +1 GTX275.
  6. If you get the right GTX275 it will be faster than the HD4890.
  7. so much for branded makes no differences :P
  8. If you want that extra AA and AF enabled on the more consuming games then get a factory overclocked GTX275 or just get GTX280.
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