Athlon 3500+ @2.5Ghz
Win XP SP3
I have ordered a HD3870 and will reach me soon. I’m looking to upgrade my display from 17” to 22” TFT. Now the question comes to my mind is whether to go for a 22” (current 17” will be useless) or get another 17” (less cost compared to 22”) and do a dual-display with HD3870.
I will be using the system 95% for gaming (FSX, COD4, CMR DiRT, ProStreet etc) and love to have large display. So which one would be the best choice for me? Single 22” or dual 17”? will dual-display affect the performance drastically?
If your going for gaming stick to one display in my opnion. Two means double the work and some games are likely to have issues with dual display. Unless you'll only be using one 17inch for gaming and the other just for desktop type stuff.
Just to be sure, your platform supports PCIe, right?
Not to many systems around with a single core CPU still have support for anything but AGP.
If that is the case, you will be limited to a 3850 AGP card untill you update your platform.