Ok for some weird reason I am deciding to remodel my system (maybe out of boredom or something), any ways on my current system I own a single Nvidia 8800GTX. I have been hearing a lot of hype about ATI's new line of Radeon cards, specifically the 4850 and 4870 series. My question is, would dual HD 4850 cards be better than my single 8800GTX? I am liking the pricing on those cards, and depending on the prices of 4870 series I may consider it too.
My PSU is a Antec 600W (I can't remember the exact name of it), the motherboard is a A-Bit AW9D-Max, and my case is APEVIA X-Navigator.
Honestly I am thinking about selling my current system and starting all over...I even have the CPU I want picked out, but motherboard, memory, and video card is where I am having trouble deciding. So I thought I would ask about the card here.
Your current MB supports Crossfire but HD 4850 would be handicapped in PCI-E 1 slots at x8. Compare that with a GA-X48-DS4 or aBit IX38 QuadGT where they would have PCI-E 2 slots at x16, i.e. 4 times more bandwidth available.
The PSU should be enough for HD 4850 Crossfire IMO.
Nice case. OK, I personally don't like lights and 80mm fans, but it's got good cooling. You need something very well cooled because the HD 4850 pumps out a lot of heat and the single-slot coolers with no vents don't let the heat get directly out. We've seen this before with the 8800GT. Maybe some brands will have dual-slot coolers, that would be great.
Memory: pick a motherboard first, then the RAM. Not all combinations work well, you know... There's some Corsair DDR2-800 2x2GB at newegg for only $80 now, for example.
Ok, I guess now I need to find out how much I can get for my current system. It currently has a Intel Core2Duo E6600 2.4 GHz processor, Creative X-Fi Fatality sound card with Front I/O Panel, a Seagate 7200RPM 500 GB Hard Drive, 2GB 800MHz memory (I forget the brand), DVD Burner, and card reader.
Hopefully I can get at least $1000...that would be a good startup amount to make my new system.