APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: this week, before christmas, need to ship cross country
BUDGET RANGE: $300 after rebates, i can go to $400 if i need to
USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming. We gamed together since 1997-ish? That's right youngsters, we played 1.6 right after we played 1.5. And we bitched about the changes for a month like you make petitions for facebook and MW3 or whatever nowadays. ; )
CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: He's running a couple of 4870's(yeah, i know). He's got a new 24" monitor, and is running @ like 1600x900 because he gets better scores. or something.
OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: I THINK he has a PC power and cooling PSU not sure wattage, a 3 core AMD proc, some other things. We are going to build him a new system post New Years ish so this is just a little gift that he can carry over to his new build. And, Yes, This Will Be Xfired/SLIed and soon
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Amazon.com preferred, though i will go to the egg if it beats the price
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Uranus
I'm really split on this:
1. I've liked evga, but they not sure now based upon (a very limited) personal support incident. Thinking XFX. I like the resale of a double lifetime. I run dual 5770's myself.
2. I like ATI, they are the underdog, and ever little card or chip i buy keeps a LITTLE competition so Nvidia/Intel have to keep on their toes, so better toys for everyone.
3. BUT: 3D. Not even sure if he wants it, heck, not sure if I want it. just would be nice to have. nvidia is leading on this, amiright?
OVERCLOCKING: I hear you can unlock to a higher sku or whatever, that's cool, gives him something to play with. no wasting money of factory oced cards
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes, as he went that route already. i really want matching cards and something that i can buy 1 year from now if we wait that long
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080 or 1920x1200 i would asume
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I would like to get something that has better than stock cooling, he has a couple kids and what not, and better temps mean better clocks. also, when we put them into the new build i REALLY want something that exhausts OUT of the case. good airflow, people, the basics. ; )
any suggestions, if you can say"this card and it will be 125% of the dual 4870's" would help. We will maybe upgrade his PSU, BUT if we can get dual cards(or a single really nice one) on his current then that's awesome.