I am currently running Vista Enterprise 64 bit w/ SP1, Intel core2 duo CPU @ 2.66 Hz, 4 gigs ram, and most importantly Nvidia Geforce 8600 GT. I have a 1680X1050 monitor. Will it make a difference in what card I should buy with my resolution and OS? What video card is recommended for my system? I'm in the 200-ish price range but could go higher.
Right now I'm thinking about Xfire Radeon 4850... Thanks in advance
Considering 2 4850's will run you about $320 if you buy the cheapest 4850 available for your price range, I would look at the 260GTX like LordOfTheGeeks mentioned or the 4870. They are both around the $200 mark. If you do want to spend a bit more, go for the 260GTX-216 or the 1gb 4870.
You can get a 4850x2 for ~330$ after MIR, but after close examination, you can get a 4850 for 130$ after MIR (I thought they were still about 160$ each at which point you might as well pay 10$ more and get an X2 ...). So yes, better get 2 4850 if you already have the XFire board.
Just one thing, if you get cards based on MIR, make sure you can have 2 MIR, not just 1.
hmmm thanks for the advice, I'll need to actually double check if my MB would support 2 video cards I think it does but not 100%. Perhaps I'll shop around and try to get 2 4850s for a smaller price than 320ish. MIR is good idea... Thanks
hmmm thanks for the advice, I'll need to actually double check if my MB would support 2 video cards I think it does but not 100%.
If not sure just give us the brand/model and we'll tell you. Also, just because your MB supports 2+ cards doesn't mean it's Xfire, it could be SLI (Nvidia) and both are incompatible (I know but the skulltrail who supported both).