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Help choosing new gfx card. I'm confuzzled!

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December 21, 2007 5:51:42 PM

Hey folks!

I am in the process of buying parts for an upgrade and I'm really stuck on what to buy GFX

wise I have about £150 to blow on the card itself. My current setup is as follows:

DFI LanParty nf3 250gb
AMD Athlon 64 3400+ Newcastle
2 x 512MB Corsair XMS Pro CMX512-3200C2 DDR SDRAM
Gainward GS7800+ Golden Sample 512MB AGP 3.0

I have so far brought (memory coming soon):
DUAL CORE INTEL PENTIUM D 945 CPU SOCKET 775 3.4Ghz
DFI Lanparty UT ICFX3200-T2R/G (Chipset is ATI CrossFire Xpress 3200 for Intel / ATI SB600)

So what for the graphics? I have always been an nVidia man, but with this mobo there is a

possibility of using ATI Crossfire which sounds exciting. I have read and tried to understand

the pros/cons of using Crossfire compared with a single GFX and have come out totally

confused!! What should i do go the nVidia 8800 route, ATI HD3870, or a couple of slower ATIs

in Crossfire?

I am looking to play the following games:
Crysis
Bioshock
Tabula Rasa
World of Warcraft
UT 2008

My monitor only goes up to 1400x900 so I wont be playing in any resolutions higher that this.

Your ideas are greatfully received :) 
December 21, 2007 5:55:47 PM

No contest.

For 155 pounds (inc VAT) you can get a Radeon 3870. That's by far the best way to spend that amount of money; two lesser cards won't be as fast as a single 3870.

In fact, at the resolution you're playing at it's overkill for pretty much everything on your list except Crysis.
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