Hi, I'm in a bit of a problem. I currently have a pretty decent PC that I built in february, but I cheaped out on the motherboard and i regret it every day. My current rig is
Diamond ATI Radeon HD 3850 OC'd
Intel E8400 @ 3.6ghz
4 GB RAM
320 GB Hard Drive
Windows Vista x64
I'm a big gamer, and my PC just comes short of maxing out the graphics while maintaining the framerate. I have 2 options. I can replace my 3850 with a Nvidia card that's more powerful. Or I can get a new mobo, with firewire, and throw on another cheap ATI GPU. I need to be able to overclock my CPU, and run crossfire. Price-wise it's actually similar to replace all or buy a new great card. So, what's a good mobo for OCing and has crossfire. Thanks,
i would go with a 9800gtx to get you fps up. both crossfire and SLI seem to have driver issues still with some applications, where a single gpu works fine.
the X38 chipsets are good ocing boards with crossfire if you choose that way.
i am a little surprised your saying its your motherboard, the P-35 is still considered a good OCing board even if a bit old now. and gigabyte are usually reliable, i would swap out for a nvidia graphics card i think your bottle neck is thier. 3850 all though good price to performance has its butt kicked by an 8800gt 512mb card on a pure performance basis
Well, i've already overclocked my FSB on my Gigabyte-p35-ds3l. The question is really should I get a new mobo and throw on a new GPU for Crossfire or just put a different GPU on my current system. I could in theory buy a cheap ATI card, (>100) and a decent motherboard.