I placed an order on NewEgg last week for a few computer part upgrades. Now I'm wondering with the dramatic price change of the GTX 280, if it would be better to now return these (still unopened) parts in exchange for one or even two GTX 280 cards.
My Current Setup: AMD X2 6000+ Processor ASUS M2N-SLI Mobo 4x1Gb Crucial Ballasticx DDR2-800 Memory eVGA Nvidia GeForce 8800 GTS 320Mb Coolmax 700W SLI-Ready PSU
Parts Ordered: Intel Q9450 Quad Core Processor ASUS Rampage X48 Mobo 2x2Gb G.Skill DDR2-1066 Memory Visiontek ATI Radeon 4870 512Mb ==== $1031.27
^^ I had planned on adding a second card in a couple weeks for Crossfire which should be around another $300. I also planned on going from 32-bit Home Premium Vista to either 64-bit H.P. or Ultimate.
Would I just be better served for gaming with putting my focus into just the graphics of the computer? It's probably important to note that I'm using a Samsung 22" 2253BW 1680x1050 res monitor, but I have hooked it up to my 37" Olevia LCD TV before at 1360x760 with my old card of course using a VGA cable (haha).
So, return and splurge on 2 or 1 GTX 280 for roughly the same price or go for the complete upgrade and stick with what I got ordered here.
More aboutlooking advice fellow gamers
I'd stick with the 4870 - even with the new price drops, the 4870 is the better value. Plus, I've never been the biggest fan of Nvidia chipsets (the weakest link in an SLI system IMO).
Stick with the 4870.
I have a Rampage Formula and it's a great board and the 4870 with a driver update or 2 will inch closer to the GTX280 anyway so the system you pieced out will be very good.