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November 21, 2008 1:02:50 PM

Hello everyone, long time lurker, first time poster.

After spending years dealing with a litle ol 19 inch monitor, I've finally got the cash/time to get myself a nice 24 incher.
Problem is, I don't think my little ol GTS 640mb is gonna cover that now.

I play games like COD 4, Crysis and Crysis Warhead, Fallout 3, Farcry 2, all fairly top of the line, intensive, etc. I like playing my games as far as I can push em, and that includes AA.
So, I'm come here for help in deciding what to go with. I was primarily looking at a GTX 260 or the radeon HD 4870 1 gig. I'm open to other choices, but optimally, I'm looking at spending about 700-800 bucks on both the monitor and card.

And if anyone has a good monitor to recommend, I'd appreciate that to. Thanks for looking, and oh! Here's my current system specs before I forget:

-Q6600 (Stock speeds...for now)
-650i ultra mobo
-4 gigs of DDR2 ram, not sure about speeds or timings, I'm at school right now...
-Nvidia GTS 640mb
-750 watt PSU

Thanks again folks.
a b U Graphics card
November 21, 2008 1:34:30 PM

One of the best 24" monitors would be the Dell 2408WFP.
Highly recommended and it is on sale for $517 right now.

For the video card, look into a 4870 which can be had for as low as $210.
If want to shell out a little more cash, the 4870 1Gb will give you even more performance.

With what ever cash you have left over, get a better CPU cooler and see if your 650i will let you overclock any.
November 21, 2008 6:57:48 PM

So...that monitor only has a 6ms refresh rate, that seems fairly low. Although, I haven't bought a monitor in years, so perhaps this isn't such a big factor now?

And no offense, but I was looking for a little more info on the card...but thanks for the input.
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November 21, 2008 7:36:33 PM

Is this something like your GPU?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If it it the same SLI would be an easy out for you.

I like the ACER I have now and would definantly upgrade to this one if I had the GPU to crank up the resolution. I might even do it any way as my Christmas present to my wife...hahahaha. She said I couldnt buy any more pistols so I bought her one. She said nice going.

Acer P243WAid Black-Silver 24" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor with HDCP Support 400 cd/m2 3000:1 ACM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Look at the specs and features, Wow
November 21, 2008 8:01:12 PM

knotknut said:
Is this something like your GPU?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If it it the same SLI would be an easy out for you.

I like the ACER I have now and would definantly upgrade to this one if I had the GPU to crank up the resolution. I might even do it any way as my Christmas present to my wife...hahahaha. She said I couldnt buy any more pistols so I bought her one. She said nice going.

Acer P243WAid Black-Silver 24" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor with HDCP Support 400 cd/m2 3000:1 ACM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Look at the specs and features, Wow


Maybe I should have made it a little clearer...mobo does NOT support sli. I was on a budget waaay back when I built my current system, and yeah, it's bitten me a little. So, single card solutions for now. That monitor sure looks pretty though...
a b U Graphics card
November 21, 2008 8:06:18 PM

I have nothing but praises for the BenQ G2400WD:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Like aevm says, a nice cheap monitor will leave more $ for a better video card. You may also want to consider budgeting $27 for a Freezer 7 pro cooler and running that Q6600 at 3.0GHz or more if that mobo allows.


BTW, with an SLI mobo, a cheap used second 8800GTS 640MB would give you more GPU power than a GTX 260. Don't spend too much on one though.
November 21, 2008 8:07:44 PM

yea that acer is the way to go.

if ur budget is $800 and u dont mind rebates or pay taxes from newegg, u can squeeze in a 4870 X2 (best single card since ur mobo doesnt support Crossfire) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

it might be alot cheaper and easier to get a second 8800 GTS 640MB tho (just dont expect Crysis to run at that resolution with all the eye candy turned on without getting the top 2/3 cards).
November 21, 2008 8:49:58 PM

The 4850x2 and 4870x2 are longet than your 8800. What case do you have? I would feel bad if I recomended something to you and it would not fit.

November 21, 2008 10:51:02 PM

knotknut said:
The 4850x2 and 4870x2 are longet than your 8800. What case do you have? I would feel bad if I recomended something to you and it would not fit.


Err...an Aspire X-peria I think? :sarcastic:  lol, I really can't quite remember exactly. It's certainly not a huge nor fancy case, but I'll try to find the exact make and reply back to ya.
November 21, 2008 11:21:40 PM

linkmaster94 said:
Err...an Aspire X-peria I think? :sarcastic:  lol, I really can't quite remember exactly. It's certainly not a huge nor fancy case, but I'll try to find the exact make and reply back to ya.


8800gts 8.5in
9800gx2 10in
4870x2 10.5in
November 22, 2008 2:02:45 AM

dagger, you know a 9800gx2 is no good :lol: 
November 22, 2008 4:27:38 AM

Homeboy2 said:
dagger, you know a 9800gx2 is no good :lol: 


^LIAR
November 22, 2008 5:02:09 AM

Homeboy2 said:
dagger, you know a 9800gx2 is no good :lol: 


Yeah, Dagger seems to recommend this card to everyone these days. It's still a decent card but good luck finding one these days. I'm pretty sure they have been EOL'd as they have are out of stock just about everywhere. Newegg is down to carrying just one SKU for the 9800GX2, Microcenter is also down to one SKU, Tigerdirect is down to two SKU's, and ZipZoomFly is no longer listing any SKU's for this card.
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