I have been diligently researching my new system motherboard for a few days now.
There are a few fundamental questions still remaining for me.
Here are my requirements first of all.
It seem that Nvidia are winning the graphics card race at the moment so I have started by selecting the best graphics card ie: a GeForce 8800 GTX
When I am rich again and the prices of the cards have gone down I want to run a second one.
I normally play in 1600x1200 when I can, so I figure the second card will help .... right ?
Assuming this is the case then I have to go to a 608i chipset for SLI mode.
When I am not playing games I want to be able to run 3 screens also .. this means I need 2 graphics cards. So the SLI slot would be available for that too I guess. I could just run a cheap card in the second slot for now in non-SLI mode.
Am I making the right choice here .. should I just stick with the one card and update that card for the fastest one available in the future instead ?
If it's not the right choice then maybe I should just go with the P35 Chipset and a motherboard with 2 PCIe graphics slots and get the upgrade path to new processors and memory maybe ? ....
This is my preferred path BTW.
Should it be my preferred path ? Is the 680i chipset ok or is it a bit dated now that the P35 set is out ?
My processor of choice at the moment is a Intel Core 2 Duo E6850. Basically because the graphics card is so expensive, I am not warren buffet, and I figure this is the sweet spot at the moment.
I would prefer a extreme or a quad but the quad 6600 which is around the same price as the is only going to be using 2 cores for most games and running slower too. The extreme is just too pricey at the moment.
Do you think I would notice the difference in say flight simulator X if I was running the top end card but had the slightly slower 6600 quad processor ?
I know that only a couple of games support quads at the moment (supreme commander is one) but more will surely follow. So I guess I would like to leave the option open for Quad processor support on the motherboard too.
Anyway .. your thoughts on this would be greatly appreciated.
I am off to sleep and dream on it .. my subconsious might work it out for me ...