New PC Build. Not sure on the video card.

Hey guys. I'm new to this forum. I'm ordering a new pc in the next day or so and I'm not completely sold on which graphics card I should go with. In the next month I'm going to grab a second card to run in SLI or Crossfire. Let me know what you think of the configuration so far and what you think about the video card choice. I realize there's like a hundred new builds on this forum every day so I appreciate any time you can spare to help solve my dilemma.

CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 Wolfdale 3.16GHz

*GPU:EVGA GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 896MB

*Motherboard:EVGA LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 780i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard

PSU:PC Power & Cooling S75QB 750W ATX12V

Memory:OCZ Reaper HPC Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB)

Case:Thermaltake Armor Series VA8000BWS Black Aluminum / Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case

HDD:Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3250410AS 250GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache

*I realize that I'll be going with a different MOBO if i decide to turn to ATI card series for a crossfire ready board. And yes I realize that I didn't post a sound card or any optical drives. I appreciate the help, let me know what you think!
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  1. The best bang for the buck is a Crossfire configuration of 2x HD4850's.

    There are benchmarks that show gaming scores between cards at Tomshardware. It's a matter of price versus performance so do the math.

    I would wait to buy until the new Intel Core i7's come out and drop the prices on other CPU's.

    Your setup sounds okay though. I'm not sure if the power supply is adequate for 2x260's though. Might be close.
  2. Hi,

    Your system sounds Great!!,, Its similar to my build I just completed,
    and ALL the latest games will run wonderful "Maxed-out" for
    up-to a 24-inch monitor,,I would recommend SLI for a monitor above that.


  3. You won't get much support for any SLI board around here, unless it's an x58.

    The nVidia 700 series boards just don't have a good track record. Last I heard they (nVidia) were planning to abandon the MB chipset market in the spring.
  4. most mobo's these days have pretty good onboard audio check it out before your drop the cash on another.
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