PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg,com tigerdirect.com
PARTS PREFERENCES: dont really have a preference
OVERCLOCKING: Yes SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes
MONITOR RESOLUTION: would like to play on highest resolution
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I cant decide if i want a nvidia card or an ATI card. My friend is an nvidia fanboy and is trying to convice to me get a 275 or 285 gtx or even the Fermi cards. The ati 5800 series is also nice and makes this decision very hard for me...any help would be appreciated. The cooler master HAF 932 and the Corsair Cooling Hydro Series CWCH50-1 120mm High Performance CPU Cooler is the only cooling i have.
To h*ll with your friend's fanboyism. The last-gen nVidia cards are getting spanked on an hourly basis by the ATI 5800 series, and you can barely find them anymore anyway, which drove their already too-high prices even higher.
Rolli's right. The 5870, 5850, and GTX470 are the 3 single-GPU options at the top-end of your price range. Dual-GPU options include 2x5830, 2x48x0, 2xGTS250, and a few others if you can find them.
In a single-GPU application, the ATI offerings are very solid cards. The pre-launch reviews show that the GTX 470 cards are as well, despite their higher thermal temps and power reqs.
Cooling shouldn't be an issue in your HAF case. It's got enough airflow to cool a bus full of people in the Mojave desert at 3pm in August. OK, maybe not, but it's more than enough to keep fresh (and hopefully cool) air flowing in and hot air flowing out. The Corsair H-50 CPU cooler will actually vent CPU heat out of the case directly on it's own.
5870 for your budget range. They have dropped to more reasonable prices this month. I think it's highly unlikely that you'll be able to get your hands on a Fermi card this month. (And you'd likely be limited to the 470)
Buying a GTX 275 or 285 makes no sense at all unless you want to upgrade again in the next year.
stick to nvidia ati card and there bullshit driver are riddled with problem.common problem with 5800 series vertical lines on monitor,gsod aka grey screen of death,crashing in games,ati power play downclocking gpu during 3d games.search google with term vertical lines with 5800 series.and see the list of problem
Or you can go with nvidia who released a driver that LITERALLY KILLED YOUR GPU, all of a month or so ago i might add.