Now Some quick notes. I don't care if it is AMD or Nvidia, not a fanboy really, just want the best performance in game. I have heard however that the 6990 sounds like a jet when its fan kicks in during gaming which could be an annoyance. However I could most likely live with it if I have headphones on.
Just wanna say I am running a single monitor setup if that makes a difference. Money is also not a huge issue but obviously if it isn't a massive upgrade over the two 6950's I would rather save the money than spend it haha.
So what do you think will work for me best or is the best value in general. Having the ability to makes out AAA Titles is pretty big to me, I enjoy seeing a game as it was meant to be seen. Thanks again!
Honestly, I would just grab a single GTX 570 or an HD 6970. Either of them will be able to max out just about anything at 1 monitor resolutions (probably 1980x1020 i take it). If, after playing a few of your games, you are not satisfied with the performance, grab another one. If not then you can ride out this card for about a year and at that time grab another one that will be cheap at the time to dramatically inc your performance. Either way you will still be spending less money than a single HD 6990 or gtx590.
what games do you plan on playing and what resolution is your current monitor? seriously all those setups that you listed would be quite a large waste of money for your single monitor setup, its really not worth investing in such high-end cards, when the next generation cards come out blowing the previous generation away at a lower cost/less heat/less noise/ less space. it actually works out better to go for mid-range cards or mid-high end cards and upgrade every so often ($700 for a gtx590 now could also be 3 high end card upgrades).
also newer generation cards sport new features too eg how DirectX gets updated.
I have a 1920 x 1080 Resolution right now on a Vizio HD tv. I play alot of FPS games. And I would like to try to max or atleast get really close to maxing specs on DX11 Crysis 2 if it is possible to do. If I don't have to spend 700 on a single card, and still do that, then I think it is worth it. Could use the extra money for a bigger SSD or something...
I know a lot of AMD cards are having problems with Crysis 2, (I had 2 HD 6950's and HD 6990 and both have problems with Crysis 2) but I assume it's eventually going to be fixed in a patch or with drivers.
Thank you! All of your information really helped me out. Just wanted to make sure I was getting the most bang for my buck so to speak. Saved me alot of money that I otherwise would have pretty much just thrown away.