Looking to build a new gaming rig soon. I'm up here in Canada so the prices up here are a little different than down in the US. I can get 2 evga 8800gt's for $130 each or a single 4850 from various companies for about $225. Any thoughts?
directcanada.com should be able to get you a 4850 for cheaper than 225$ I would think
2 8800 gt's means you have to use an nforce board, and while I own 2 that i'm perfectly happy with, a lot of people have issues with them.
2 gt s will outperform a single HD 4850 in the majority of tests but you can get a HD 4850 for much cheaper, I got mine for 160$ Ca, newegg has it for 175 with free shipping http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168..., if you have a crossfire capable motherboard you should put 2 HD 4850 and you will have the same power as a GTX 280 and even faster sometimes for much less $ but If you already have a 8800gt and an SLI motherboard just get another gt
2 4850s are way past my card budget....but directcanada does have a 4870 for $269. I've always gone for the well rated low-to mid budget card. Which the 4850 at $173 fits like a glove but the 4870 for $100 more is tempting.