First I am not a big gamer at all, I am just looking for the best video card within reason that will work the best with the configuration listed below. I do not plan to have a display 30" or larger and currently I have 2 Dell 19" FP displays stretched together and love it, I can read on one screen and type on the other, if anything at some point I will maybe go with 2 22" or 24" Samsung displays but nothing larger than 24".
A lot of people tell me to go with a EVGA GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported display adapter but it's so expensive and wonder if it will just be a big waste of money, I guess I wouldn't mind playing Crysis but it doesn't have to be on the highest settings, moderate is fine if that is possible.
What are your opinions and maybe what video card would you reccomend for $200 or below and would I have to worry about any heat issues as that is another reason people are recommending that .G92 card because of better cooling but do I need to worry about that.
I thank you in advance for your thoughtful input & suggestions...
ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard
G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit F2-6400CL4D-4GBPK
Antec 900 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
CORSAIR CMPSU-620HX ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 620W Power Supply
ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro 92mm CPU Cooler
2-Seagate Barracuda ST3250310NS ES.2 250GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive
Samsung SH-S203B SATA
My advice woukd be to look at the 3850 or 9600 cards will be plenty for a 19 inch screen and will handle a bit bigger as well, I dont know what they are like but there is also the 8800gs to consider. These are just cards that i think represent a step down in performance and price fron the G92, and are more suited to your planned system.
If you know in the back of your mind that you will be running a 24+ screen soon then it will pay you in the long run to shell out the cash now. personally i would not want a GT with a standard cooler, however in my opinion the cooler on its own is not really a reason to get the GTS over the GT especially when there are pre-overclocked GT cards with non standard coolers like this one out there.