Video Card Advice for New Build

My laptop may very well be hours from ruin, and in desperation I purchased new PC components without consulting anyone else. I don't think I've made any poor choices, besides the power supply and case. We'll see when it all gets here in a few days.

I've been penny-pinching and have only spent just over $700.
I'd like to ask for input for the video card.

I will use this more for Audio Recording and Editing, but may venture into gaming once I've got the rig ready, as well as OC'ing.

Case: NZXT LEXA Black/ Silver Aluminum ATX Mid Tower

CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 G0 Stepping Kentsfield 2.40GHz
I really believe this is my best fit for when I'm rendering audio and using digital signal processing apps.

MOBO: abit IP35 Pro Rev. 1.1 LGA 775 Intel P35

PS: Apex 460W ATX12V Power Supply - 460 W Maximum - Dual Fans
This, along with the case, is something I really should have looked past pretty LEDs and read up more.
I don't see a problem with anything listed, as I could always take the restocking hit and trade up.

HD: X's 2 Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD4000AAKS 400GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache

RAM: CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR2-800 CL 4-4-4-12
I could have gone 1066, but I thought it originally was, and not 800. Plus free shipping and for $30, doesn't seem like a hard blow.

I do not have a Cooling Device selected yet as I'm worried about the space within the case. We'll see soon.
I'm also two locations for this rig. One, using a 27' HD TV. And the other, a 19' LCD monitor.

I've got the MSI NX8800GT 512M OC GeForce 8800GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 targeted with a $186.99 price tag.
I can't see myself going over $250 at all, for something that I won't utilize. But when I read about these new games, like Crysis and others that I'll eventually purchase, I don't want to worry if I can handle them or not.

Any input for the Card, or any other foreseeable changes would help a lot guys!
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  1. wait a bit for the card... more powerful ones are just around the corner and you can benefit from that...
  2. Hey, thanks for quick reply.

    Haha, all I want to do is buy a card. I don't really have a use for it yet, but I'm so anxious!

    It's probably no question, that waiting for the new cards/price wars is the best bet.
  3. Thats an 8800GT 92 nm chip. And OCed nicely. Whats missing is mem and vram heatsink coolers, I suggest you get some, nice card I think. I have a 8800GT and very happy with it.

    I suggest you get this chip cooling set.
    or something like it. I can't for the life of me find the TIM thermal pads with adhesive on both sides for mounting the HS.

    You DO need to cool the vram and mem chips. I can't believe they are selling an aftermarket cooling setup (needed for this card) and didn't put any more HS on it. Ohh well. Here is my 8800gt with the Thermalright HR-03 chip coolers before I put the massive HR-03 cooler on. Now you can see what else you have to cool. Why your at it, get some MX-2 thermal paste for remounting the GPU HS after you take it off.

    And your card will handle Crysis on okay settings. NO SINGLE card can even think of running Crysis on max, no matter hwta you spend, or whats coming out in the next few months.

    I'm looking at Nvida and ATI till Oct before I buy a new card.
  4. If you want a smallish and cheap cooler I recommend the Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro.
    If you're not going to overclock then just use the stock cooler.

    The MSI 8800GT has a dual-slot cooler, good. I expect it to be $20 or $40 less after the 9800GTX is out.

    I'd return that PSU. It would probably work, but it's risky.
  5. I did order the Arctic Silver 5 3.5g High Density compound.
    And I've been looking at this Xigmatek brand creating buzz, their HDT-RS1283.

    Conumdrum, you're right about the single card.
    I'm sitting on my hands until some prices move to my favor for the 8800GT.
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