Upgrading my GTX 260 core 216 Tri-SLI, Budget up to $250 per card.
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Really just shopping around at the moment, trying to see what my options are.
USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Graphic Design, heavy illustrator usage with large amounts of layers, model rendering, Entertainment
CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: Currently I have 3 EVGA GTX 260 core 216 cards in tri-sli and a corsair 1000w power supply.
OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: EVGA x58 Classified 3 Way SLI board, i7 CPU @ 3.5ghz, 6gb of corsair trichannel ram (looking to upgrade to 12gb soon),
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg works. XD US
PARTS PREFERENCES: I like Asus and EVGA products, they have never let me down, but as I said, I'm shopping around. I am used to working with NVidia cards.... But I wouldn't mind changing it up. *shrugs*
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes
MONITOR RESOLUTION: Currently 3 monitors all at 1920x1080
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Would like some cards with nice cooling options and lifetime warrantee would be nice. *shrugs*
That makes the Asus 7% faster outta the box than the EVGA SC, 6C cooler and almost 1/4 as loud under load (every 3 dBA is a doubling of sound level). The FTW is slightly faster than the SC, leaving the Asus model w/ just a 5% performance advantage
The 660 Ti would appear to meet your original target, but I don't recall if tri-SLI was an option.
At most I could work with $900 for the cards so that might work nicely.
2 4GB GTX 670 in SLI may be your best bet, they would stampede over your tri-SLI setup and because you do a lot of editing, rendering stuff, the 4GB VRAM should help you if you are running three monitors.