BUDGET RANGE: 4000 SEK (or ~516 USD) Before Rebates
USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Games mostly, currently Starcraft 2, Just Cause 2 and wow. But looking to future-proof my computer somewhat as well.
CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: NVidia GTS 250 1GB, Corsair TX 750
OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: ASUS Rampage II Extreme, Intel Core i7 920 2.66gHz, 3 Corsair XMS3 CM3X2G1333C9 2 GB DDR3-1333 DDR3 SDRAM
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: komplett.se OR, if they can deliver to Sweden, newegg.com
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Sweden.
PARTS PREFERENCES: I do prefer nVidia cards, simply because I've used them for a long time and they've always given me good performance. Other then that I don't really know much about the rest.
OVERCLOCKING: Maybe, although I've got no cooler besides the fans of my case (Antec 900).
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1600x1200
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Prefferably good cooling on it, whether stock or not doesn't matter. A good warranty, doesn't need to be more than 2 years though since I will most probably upgrade by then. Should be fairly silent, although it doesn't matter that much if it isn't. If possible something that, as mentioned, would last for a year or two, and still do decent on games like Crysis 2, Dragon Age 2, Mafia 2 and the like. I'm not looking for a monster of a card, but rather something thats fairly good now, and will last for a while so I don't have to upgrade each 5 months because my card turned bad .
I'm open to trying Radeon cards, I did have one about 8 years ago in a little Shuttle comp I had. What kind of 5870 would you recommend? I've seen good reviews about pretty much all, like XFX, Sapphire and MSI.
I wouldn't recommend the HD5870(or the GTX 480.)
Either the HD5850 or GTX 470 are much better deals for the money. The main difference between these two classes of cards is that the HD5850 is an HD5870 with 10% of its shaders disabled and the GTX 470 is a GTX 480 with 7% of it's shaders disabled. Both also have much lower stock clocks than the more expensive cards but they are in fact the same processor so that difference is equivalent to a factory overclock. They all OC to the same levels so the only difference is the shader count and if you compare that to the price difference it just isn't even close to being worth it.
Either a single HD5850 or GTX 470 should be extremely good for your resolution, especially when overclocked. That said the best you can do for 4000 SEK is 2 GTX 460s in sli. They come very close to the performance of an HD5970 and can also overclock a ton.
The main difference I'm a bit skeptical against SLI is because I've heard that you'll encounter wierd framedrops and graphical lag when playing a bit older games like World Of Warcraft (which I dedicate a lot of time to playing) which is why I'm not all too sure.
If I get two GTX 460 and run them in SLI, what memory on the card would you recommend and would you reccomend EVGA or some other?
I'm trying to find all the alternatives to get the most out of my money, and the OP was more about preferences than cold facts.
Looking at the prices on that site and considering your resolution I would just get this; http://www.komplett.se/k/ki.aspx?sku=603545
It's a good deal, low power and approximately twice as powerful as your GTS 250 at stock. It doesn't allow for voltage increases of the core like some of the more expensive versions but it should still OC well, likely about 20%.
Alright, go for the GTX 460s then. They are very good for the price. You'll see a lot of reviews of them in SLI if you google it.
Yeah I was trying to say this myself post 1, as you can tell. If the reason you stated is the only reason don't want SLI, then forget about it. Look up SLI reviews, you would be more then pleased with the results.
I am, and I don't have matures SLI card like the 460.