I am building a gaming PC for around $800.00 - $850.00. So its going to be mediocre. I am am NOVICE PC builder. This will be my first PC i am building. I know quite a bit about PC, ive read alot about them, I am spend money on HIGH END Video card(s), motherboard and hard drive. So i am looking to spend around $150.00 - $200.00 on a video card. So what is better. I know that an 8800GT is amazing but like i want to play COD4 on medium to high settings averaging around 125 FPS.
1. What video card should i buy? x2 8600GT XXX or x1 8800GT
$180 - $10 coupon PVT88ST - $30 Rebate [fillable form] = $140 + $8 shipping. It also comes with Company of Heroes game for free
It'll run a lil hotter than msi version but you can replace the cooler any time later if you like.
Have a browse on these forums and look at builds that are around your price point.
If you are going an intel system, the most common will be something like this:
GA-P35 motherboard (if you want SLI you need to spend maybe $100 more, which could buy you the 8800GT instead)
E2160 CPU if you are going to overclock / E4xxx or E6xxx if you aren't
2GB of RAM, or 4GB if you have a little more to spend
500W - 650W PSU (Corsair, OCZ and PC Power and Cooling are the most popular)
Should i get 2 midrange cards instead of one high-end card ?
No, again i will answer this with example. 2 8600GT or single 8800gts ? this is one of the most common questions in forums. single 8800GTS (320 or 640) will beat 2 8600GT in games , because a single 8800GTS has more stream processors , more memory clock , more bandwidth. so again 1 single high-end card will beat 2 midrange cards.
For detail explanation, 2 way SLI it just with actual performance around 1.5 times of single card and 1.5 times 8600GT is around 40% poorer 3D performance than a single 8800GT; however the power consumption of 2 way SLI 8600GT higher than a 8800GT. So go with 8800GT.
I just bought an EVGA 8800GT $189.99 less $30.00 rebate and a free copy of C.O.H. I'm upgrading from a XFX 8600GT XXX that card is about $69.00 after rebate and a free game also BUT your $ should be spent on your MB , CPU , PSU and VIDIO CARD at the prices that the 8800GT's are right now you would have to be real DUMB not to buy an 8800 GT , please excuse my method here but I am just making a point and our other friends out here will tell you the same thing and get some good 6400/800 MHz memory also 2 to 4 gigs is inexpensive right now , 2 gigs for 32 bit or 4 gigs for 64 bit OS