Okay. Ive read through the reviews and have decided to go with this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16814102830
The ONLY problem I MIGHT have is cooling. Now I really need some advice on this, as Ive always heard Radeon's are hot. Especially this one... SO, Im going to list my cooling capabilities that I will have when my system is fully installed. From their I would like some advice on whether its good enough or not.
My case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...k=xion%20gaming
(Man I got jipped on this... I bought this case about a month ago, and it has come down almost 40 bucks...)
Anyway, the case came with stock 120mm fans, in back and front. The back fan (which is at the top of the case) pull air in. The front fan (which is at the bottom of the case) blows air out. It is also possible to mount an 80mm fan on the side window (which I fully intend on doing).
Ive heard the the 4890 was designed to be more cooling efficient, but Im skeptical. That pretty much sums up my cooling capabilities (as of now). I typically keep the room temps between 72 and 75 degress Fahrenheit.
Please let me know if I need better cooling, and if so what do I need to improve. I know that the case is small, and yes I admit that Im an idiot for buying a mid tower, but that was before I learned the a full tower case is a must. However, Im going to make this one work since I shelled out over 70 bucks for it (like I said I really got jipped).
Thanks to all whom apply (again).
EDIT: I might be getting a different board as well. Im not quite sure yet but I might get an ASUS. I will definitely get an ASUS if that foxconn is still sold out, but as of now im sticking with the foxconn.
Another EDIT: I was looking up the bit speed of these two cards. the 4890 has a memory interface of 256bit, while the 280 has 512bit. However the 4890 is utilizing GDDR5 technology. Also the reviews that DJB posted all pretty much say the 4890 is better and the way to go, however if joe is correct the 280 is faster. Any thoughts?
Edited by Neil B., 10 June 2009 - 10:52 PM.