Currently I am looking at buying a PNY GeForce 8800 GTS Video Card (640MB) and a Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600, about the two best in price that can handle higher end graphics from what I've seen.
Next though, I need to select a motherboard and processor. I've been keeping up with vid cards and processors so much that I've neglected to do any research on these in a while. The most I currently know is that I want to go with a DDR2 board, given the issues the bleeding edge technology DDR3 gives.
my current setup:
processor: Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600
Video card: PNY GeForce 8800 GTS Video Card (640MB)
videocard 2: none (considering another GeForce 8800 GTS in the future)
Hard drives: 2 36gig raptors, 1 150 gig raptor
CD/DVD burner: old PATA Ricoh CD burner, ASUS SATA DVD-burner w/ lightscribe
case: generic with fans
power supply: generic 650W
Intended OS: Windows Vista
purpose: work and gaming (Unreal 3 and Hellgate london is coming)
Any suggestions are welcome, and I am looking for a range of parts here so I can take the 600+ sting that buying the video card and processor is going to give.
is SLI enhance video perfomance enough to make up for the slower bus speed of the RAM?
with SLI and crossfire:
will SLI optimize with Nvidia cards?
and will crossfire optimize with geforce cards?
Do I lose anything (or for that matter, will it even work) when I use 2 vid cards of an opposing brand? (2 geforce cards on a crossfire motherboard, or 2 ATI cards on a SLI board).