1.) No, I'm not a "moron" but thanks for the compliment.
2.) Yes, I did read reviews on the 5830's. ALL except for 2 were very positive.
3.) No, I'm not trolling here. I thought putting up my hardware on eBay was a dead giveaway, but.....?
Now here's the deal.....maybe I should have worded my op less enthusiastic and left out "cards that will blow my 260's out of the water", as I can see how some of you took that judging by your reactions. I'm excited to get into a new line of hardware and there's nothing wrong with that.
And like I said before.....I have NOT tried out an ATI card in a long time, so these "really crappy 5830 cards" seemed like a good entry point. I don't see any harm in that.
Also, I originally thought $600 just for the cards would be fine, but then after looking at motherboards and memory, I decided to go the cheaper route. ANY of you seasoned builders know things can get out-of-hand quickly, while geeking-out over new hardware. Can I afford $600 for 2 cards? YES, but did I WANT to after looking at the other hardware I needed to buy? NO.
I like how passionate everyone seems to be. And for those who couldn't help to be smarta**es....usually the ones who say the least, know the least....but anyway....everyone is different and this experience has been enjoyable so far.