3 different options of graphic card setup - which one?

Which option?!

  • EVGA GTX 260 core 216 Superclocked SLI

    Votes: 2 11.1%
  • XFX Radeon HD 4890 1 GB Crossfire

    Votes: 10 55.6%
  • Sparkle GTX 275 SLI

    Votes: 3 16.7%
  • Another option - post please

    Votes: 3 16.7%

  • Total voters
    18

da_park91

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First off, I'll be running Vista 64 bit on a 21.5'' screen (at 1920 x 1080 resolution),
with an i7-920 @ 3.6 ghz (probably a bit higher, not sure), with 6 gb of 1600 mhz DDR3 memory (G.Skill).
My motherboard'll be Asus P6T LGA 1366 (not the deluxe v2..).

My uses will be mostly gaming (fallout 3, far cry 2, crysis/warhead, sims 3, world of warcraft, oblivion, and planning to play starcraft 2 and diablo 3 when they come out), browsing and watching movies. (and work of course, but mostly just MS Office stuff... which doesn't really matter anyways)

I'm looking at the following three options and buying two of each to set up CF or SLI (whichever one it is):

EVGA GTX 260 core 216 Superclocked 896 mb, SLI
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130433

XFX Radeon HD 4890 1gb, CF
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150359

Sparkle GTX 275 896 mb, SLI
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814187073

As you can probably tell by now, my price range for graphics card setup is max 400 dollars, which is why I didn't
choose other brand named GTX 275 - sparkle was the only one I could find below 400 for buying two.

Considering the games I play and the other computer components I'll have, which option do you think will be the best?

Also, I'll play crysis but it'll only be for the sake of playing the "best graphics game"... crysis will not be my main thing,
so might as well not consider how well the cards will do in crysis. My main focus will be world of warcraft, fallout 3 and upcoming games...

Edit: Also, I'm planning to OC the cards, regardless of which option... but probably not by a lot since I don't have an after market cooler on them and I'm using two.
 

da_park91

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Forgot to post this in main thread; please do not talk about upgrading later. I have to buy the cards basically now (within 2 weeks) for personal reasons. Please suggest in terms of the market now please..
 

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I personally would save money and go with the 2 gtx260 sli which honestly is plenty at 1920x1080.

If you most have the "BEST" performance i would go with the gtx 275 sli.
 

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actually that's not possible, since 2x 4890's in CF = 2x GTX 285's, and that was before 9.6 drivers came out, and 9.6 increased CF performance in games by upto 13%.
 
Get the XFX HD4890 cards, they have the better warranty and and customer support.
Also, check the motherboard very carefully, make sure the cards are well seperated or the top card can overheat (or you need to turn the fan up and this class of card is not known for its whisper quiet coolers).
 

Got any links?, I haven't any articles showing that so it would be a good read.
 

da_park91

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I think asus p6t non deluxe makes it so you can place cards a bit apart from them.. but not hundred percent sure. However, I use noise-cancelling headphones when I'm gaming so I don't mind some noise, unless its like an airplane taking off scale of noise.
I think I'm leaning towards the XFX 4890... not sure if XFX/PNY 275 is worth the extra bucks.
 

amdfangirl

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Hmm, can I just say "just try?"

no harm done, and if it doesn't play well, you could always lower the settings or buy another HD 4890. 1980 is a bit excessive for a 21.5" monitor, don't ya think?
 

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if you plan on playing crysis, warhead or farcry much, I would recommend the GTX 275 SLI setup. Apparantly these games prefer NVIDA. personaly, I couldn't wait for the next gen to come, I would buy now because you dont know the performance increase/prices/price yet so its not worth waiting for something you dont know about (personal opinion)

eirther case forget the GTX 260 setup, choose the 4890 or the 275 :)
happy gaming
 

meewog

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agree, what I heard was the other way round!
 

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Sorry, i don't see any Crossfire VS SLI reference on that benchmark. Also they don't mention what driver version they are using and like many reader said they used a stock 4890 for those Tom's benchmarks.
 

What's wrong with using a stock 4890?, don't you like a level playing field?
 

amdfangirl

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It should still be alright/great. My 21.6" can only run at 1680, but the results are still stunning.